Author: Margo Kelly
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: September 18th, 2014
Date Read: August 27th, 2014
Point of View: Single (Cynthia)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery Thriller
In a Nut Shell...
A book with a nice message, but the characters were unrealistic and frustrating.
Advance Reader Copy provided by Merit Press
Thea was one of the most irritating and clueless fifteen-year-old girls. Time and time again, her friends and parents said "Oh Thea, you are not stupid. You are just naive." Well, guess what, Thea? They were totally wrong. You ARE DUMB! Her internet boyfriend could have screamed at her that he was a psycho and I guess she would have swooned instead of running away. She was too trusting and I wanted to shake some sense into her. Just a few "I love you" and she was a goner. Besides, I didn't like that she was unbelievably stubborn and that she lied to her parents so many times. The way she still kept pining over that "boy" after all the creepy things happened was beyond me. Just when I thought she was just a clueless little girl...
Thea's parents gave a new definition to overprotective. And I didn't buy it. I grew up with overprotective parents myself and her parents did top that by a million times. I understood that they wanted to keep their little "sweet" innocent girl safe and all that, but demanding her read out the text messages, walking into her room without knocking (a little rude if you ask me), making her keep the door open whenever she used the internet (her room had no lock!!!), and then some were way over the line that it didn't sound realistic at all. It was way too extreme.
The characters aside, the storyline was very predictable, a little cringe-worthy and ended too abruptly. It wasn't difficult to guess what was going to happen because everything was right there in plain sight. I felt a little (just a little) bad for what happened to Thea by the end of the book, but the girl seemed to ask for it. So whatever. At one point it made me feel uncomfortable that she got too much attention from the male characters because there wasn't much information that supported or gave the reason why that happen. I might have missed that part, so maybe I was wrong, but I cannot recall anything to back that up. I know that people do that all the time, but I so hate it when people write "UR" instead of "you are" and the messages back that forth between the characters were full of that. Speaking of messages, it was when the cringing happened. The way they added, like *tucks u into bed*, *clears throat and sings* *peeks out of closet* ... it was supposed to be all cute and sweet, but to me, it just didn't work. NOT AT ALL.
To wrap it all up, I still think the message the book intended to send out was great because who wants that happens to them? However, the characters and the plots were not really what I would want to read again. I think those who don't like book that is a little over the top might like this one.