This was really disappointing for me. It seemed like there were a lot of things happening, so much drama, so many serious topics tackled, this supposed romance that's supposed to be budding, and it is quite a big book, so it gets really frustrating and long-winded halfway through.
I mean, Adam and Jolene start off on the wrong foot, but then Adam pretends she's his "girlfriend" to make his mom happy, which I found a little silly, really. Adam was a big jerk to his dad, who was genuinely a good father, and then there's Jolene. Rich girl Jolene with divorced parents, a neglectful father, an abusive mother, sarcastic, scathing and somewhere between likable and not likable.
Adam gets an actual girlfriend at home, in fact, he gets THE girl he's been pining over for the past I don't know how long, but then still goes all mushy around Jolene and continues on like she's his pretend girlfriend. I call that two-timing, but what do I know? Then his actual girlfriend dumps him, and he finally has an actual shot of being with Jolene, but wait a second, now Jolene doesn't want to go there. Or was it Adam who decided they should just be friends? Honestly, I can't even remember anymore.
As Adam's parents start to slowly find a middle ground and reconcile their separation, Jolene feels like she's losing him, so she starts hanging out with the creepy neighbor. Surprise surprise, that doesn't end very well.
So from one bad consequence to another, Adam and Jolene finally end up together.
Wow. That was exhausting.
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