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It’s mainly because there are several parts of More Than This that I really enjoyed, as well as there were several parts that ..
on 1 May 2015
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve never been more torn with a book until now. It’s mainly because there are several parts of More Than This that I really enjoyed, as well as there were several parts that wanted me to rip my hair out. How does one decide a rating on that? Can someone guide me down the right path, please?
Mikayla is 18 and on the night of her prom, she catches her now boyfriend having an affair. Heartbroken, she meets a guy named Jake Andrews at the same restaurant they went to pre-prom and decides to spend the night with him and his friends. The story essentially belongs to Mikayla and Jake; it’s mostly about the development of their relationship; which I did somewhat like. I did, however, not like what had to happen to others for them to become a thing.
Tragic after tragic event happen in this book. It got to the point where it went way beyond the rank of “unrealistic”. I enjoyed it at first, but it quickly started milking “fate” and “meant to be”. It had me thinking whether this actually was only contemporary fiction, and not mixed with fantasy as well?
I felt like both Mikayla and Jake were pretty alright characters. They mostly had good sides, but they were sprinkled with childish and immature toppings leaking of them now and then. It will most likely make you sigh – a lot. They know each other for ONE day and yet they’re already together, getting jealous when either of them is talking to someone of the opposite gender, they’re already so dependant on each other – and it gets a bit much! Jealousy is never cute; especially not in this book. A part of me couldn’t help but think whether she was compensating the loss of her same-night-ex-boyfriend James with Jake? Either way, I didn’t like the quick progress.
Mikayla was a good person all along in this book. Although I won’t say that’s the only reason she got accepted by Jake’s friends and family straight away, because he definitely helped her a whole lot. Not that it’s bad or anything, it’s just that Jake’s “protectiveness” took it to a whole new level, he couldn’t even trust his best friend Logan to be alone with her. Honestly, it was both annoying and pathetic when Jake asked Kayla if Logan and she were “playing family with his little sister”.
Mikayla and Jake’s relationship was bumpy, but things seemed to be very laid out for them. If Kayla was a maiden in distress, Jake would figure out how to fix it. He would for instance suddenly get the resources to fix her biggest issue, but I won’t spoil it. To me, it seemed very random. McLean could have played it out in so many ways, so why pick the easy route? (Am I being too analytical?)
This review is mainly about the unrealistic aspects with this relationship, which I can deal with it minor forms, but when a book shoves one unrealistic happening after another in my face, I honestly can’t. In More Than This, the biggest thoughts occupying Mikayla head was Jake, Jake and even more Jake. I really liked how she spoke about her family because it seemed warm-hearted. Even though that was more towards the end of the book, I suppose it was well worth the wait.
Jay McLean’s writing isn’t anything special at all, but More Than This is a book that’s very easy to read. There’s dual POVs, the chapters are short, and before you know it, you’re already either halfway through or already reached the ending! More Than This also contained a lot of funny moments and dialogues that did make me hold down a chuckle at three in the morning.
Warning: this book contained a lot of sexual tension and touching, which neither the description nor Goodreads genres had listed. :’)
To sum it up, please don’t be fooled by my two star rating. Like I said at the beginning of this review, I was torn but I did quite enjoy it!