Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson

Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water.

Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school drop out who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society. But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years. What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life?

Where should I start?  Maybe I should just say that I had a hard time with this book. Bear in mind, I really, really want to love every single book that I read, and I'm always so let down and disappointed when a book just doesn't do it for me.  Reading all the glowing reviews left on Goodreads by other reviewers, I had to wonder if they were reading the same book as me.  But to each their own.  What works for me may not work for them, and vice-versa.

This book was a DNF for me.  I got about a third of the way through Discovering April before I finally realized that I just didn't want to discover anything else.  I just couldn't like that character.  I'm sure at some point, things may have changed, she may have found herself, grew, learned, etc... but it would have been too little, too late for me.

This is a character that went from zero to screeching in about half a second.  I found myself sympathizing with the boyfriend who left her. If someone screeched at me during every conversation, I'd have to be looking elsewhere too, and I am definitely not one who condones cheating. Additionally, there is a moment in there that makes it pretty clear that she has no self-respect, and is pretty cowardly.  I just couldn't like her as a character.

The only saving grace for me was Jared, but I couldn't finish the book, even for him, because as much as I loved him, I couldn't understand why he hung around for her.  Why did he put himself through her?  He had the patience of a saint.

There was nothing wrong with the writing... it all just came down to character for me.  And with my issues with the main character, this book just wasn't for me.

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