Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Review: Embracing You, Embracing Me

Title Embracing You, Embracing Me

Author Michelle Bellon

Release Date May 6, 2012

It's the 1990s. 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she’s ashamed of her trailer park family home.
She listens to Madonna while wondering why girls her age swap BFFs about as often as some boys change their dirty socks; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom - a night which threatens to turn into a disaster.

But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever.

A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell's life, and when she leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don't get any less complicated for her - until one night a powerful dream marks out the exact path that she must take.

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The blurb made the book seem more interesting than it really was. And while I didn't read any reviews of the book before I read it, I did read some shortly after. I was certain that I couldn't have been the only one slightly disappointed, right? Apparently, I am. I always feel sort of weird whenever I don't generally agree with the reviews I read. Unfortunately, I just can't see the greatness that everyone else does.

There wasn't one big thing that made the book less than stellar for me. It was definitely a combination of things. I didn't too much care for the little excerpts from different people throughout the story. I feel like it was too distracting to make a positive impact on the story. While it was nice to know what the other people in the story were thinking, I could have down without it. While I did enjoy the female characters in the book, I didn't too much care for the male characters, especially the ones Roshell was involved with. I don't feel like they were realistic in their dealings with Roshell. It made me irritable and I spent many times rolling my eyes at them. Even with their little excerpts, I didn't really grasp why they acted the way they did. And truth be told, I'm not sure they knew why they acted they way the did, other than they were sure Roshell was worth it.

That being said, the book wasn't all bad. There were parts that I enjoyed and parts were I felt emotionally connected to Roshell. I just wish the entire book was that way.


2.5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley for review. *

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