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Same story, slightly different sentences
on 24 November 2013
After reading the first book i was really excited when i found out the sequel was written from the male's point of view. I thought how interesting, we get to see what Travis was thinking during different scenes, find out how his childhood made him into the person he is. And personally for me my favorite scene in the first book was when Travis inexplicably decided to work for Benny, and Abby's amazing strength in leaving straight away! I really wanted to know what on earth was going through Travis' head to put money above Abby, and also be so naive to get involved with the Mafia (surely he has more street smarts than that?!).
However this book was soooo disappointing! It honestly just felt like a copy of the first book thrown together to make money. About 4 pages at the very start of the book occur when Travis is younger, so there is no background explained to his character. Majority of the book is a replay of the scenes we have already read in book 1, and the main focus is on the dialogue between the characters, Why? We've already heard it all from the first book?! There is pretty much no inner monologue from Travis, so we don't really get a good understanding of his love for Abby, except for his appreciation for her beauty.
And then to my favorite scene, Benny talks to Travis about the fight, Abby says no (from the first book we know that Abby was throwing out some serious anger about Travis' decision and made it very clear she did not want him to do it). In this book it comes across that she firstly says no, and then says 'oh alright'. There is then no explanation of Travis' feelings about Abby's reticence, there is just two paragraphs on sandwiches. Then after when she leaves not once does Travis show any understanding about why Abby left, and what a stupid thing he'd done. I understand there's a tacked on story line in one chapter at the end of the book about Benny where Travis is basically a Bond like character, however i only made it to 82%.
This book could have been really fun, but whereas i read the first book in about three days even with two 13 hour night shifts, this book took me about a week. Try harder next time!