Sunday, August 18, 2013

Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas
Release Date: July 25, 2013

Joey made her dad a deathbed promise that she would become a doctor, and dedicate herself to fighting the very cancer that took his life. There’s just one problem -three years into her pre-med classes, she's struggling to stay on top of the curve.  She throws a basic Business 101 class into her semester schedule, banking on a perfect score to boost her GPA.  That is, until she’s paired for a final project with Hawk, the bartending, motorbike-riding, gorgeously bedheaded loser who falls asleep in class and communicates in one-word sentences.  Hawk does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, which sets Joey on edge – in every possible way. As they get to know each other, her urge to scream at him is curbed only by her fantasies of tearing his clothes off. Soon those fantasies become reality, and Joey realizes Hawk makes her feel more fully herself than any of the rich boys her mother and sorority sisters approve of.  But the promise to her father hangs over her head, and the harder Joey tries to succeed in her chosen career, the faster everything falls into a hopeless tailspin of bad grades, broken promises and guilt.   -

Maybe it was the mood I was in when reading this story, but this one was just ok for me.  I've read similar stories before, and there wasn't really anything about this one that set it apart or made it unique.  We have a girl who had lost a parent tragically to cancer, who made a promise to her dying father that she would become a doctor to fight the disease that was taking him away from them.  Now, she's having trouble keeping that promise because she's found that being a doctor isn't something she's all that interested in.

One of the main problems for me in this story is that I had a hard time with the characters.  While I felt bad for each of their issues, I still experienced some trouble really getting into their problems.  They were both good people, both had good characteristics, but in the end, they were just forgettable. 

I think that was my biggest problem with the story... everything was just forgettable.  The romance between the two didn't really snag me in, and by the time the overall resolution came around, I was happy it all worked out but wasn't surprised either.  Perhaps that was part of the problem... that everything was just a little too predictable for me.

I felt like the writing itself was good, and that the author had talent, but I also felt like more could have been done with this story to make it stick with me better.


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