Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Review: "The Things You Kiss Goodbye" by Leslie Connor

Bettina Vasilis thinks everything is great when she starts dating basketball star Brady Cullen.  Her overprotective father actually allows her to leave the house with him, sometimes and Brady is really very sweet with her all summer long.  When school starts up again in the fall, things don't seem so wonderful anymore - but Brady is her ticket to some freedom and time out of her house.  She doesn't see that she has any real options, no good way out.  After a particularly bad day, Bettina runs into a kind, handsome, older man that she comes to know only as Cowboy.  Cowboy offers her a friendship unlike any that she's ever had before.... and maybe a solution to her problems.

I hadn't really heard anything about this, I just sort of impulse bought it while browsing the shelves.  So, yeah.

It took me a long time to be comfortable with the writing style.  The whole "first act" if you will felt a whole like telling, not showing or feeling.  I'm still not completely convinced of the relationships that were being explained...  and I feel bad saying explained, but that's how it felt while reading.  The dialogue between Bettina and, well just about anyone but definitely Cowboy, always sounded off... strange.  And I wasn't really down with Cowboy either.   At least, not with a high school girl.  Creepy.

So, no.  I can't say that I was a big fan of this one.  I still did read it until the end... so there is that.  So go for it if you'd like....  but I'm looking forward to something else.

*****
The Things You Kiss Goodbye
by Leslie Connor
Katherine Tegen, 2014
356 pages
Source:  Purchased New
*****

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