Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book Review: Ruining You

Title Ruining You

Series Ruining, book 2

Author Nicole Reed

Release Date January 29, 2013

For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now.

Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she chose to give her future to was ripped away. Now, everything she kept hidden is the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not all are sympathetic. Someone wants her horrific past to dictate her future, and another is determined to help her choose a different path.

In conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.

While I was on the fence about Ruining Me, I'm pretty sure how I feel about Ruining You. It completely missed the mark for me. About halfway through the book, I was ready to give up, but I stuck with it because I wanted to know how it all ended.

I felt like Ruining You moved much slower than Ruining Me. There just wasn't as much to engage me or make me want to continue reading. On top of that, I was absolutely irritated with Jay. Under no circumstances am I saying that I don't understand and respect her struggles with what happened to her. She had been through a lot. But let's get real for a minute, shall me? She does nothing but toy with guys' feelings. Here's a hint, Jay, stop it. Spend time with yourself, figure out all your issues, and then and only then, think about starting a relationship. Throw in the actions of Kane (sticking around for a girl that's playing with your emotions) and Jay's parents (even after everything that Jay went through, they were cool with sending her off on vacation with her older boyfriend alone) and you just get a mix of unbelievable crap. It didn't make for an interesting story for me. It was irritating and ridiculous. Come on. I couldn't even manage to suspend my disbelief for Ruining Me. It was just too much for me.

While many people absolutely love Ruining You (and Ruining Me), it wasn't for me. Personally, my recommendation after reading both books is to pass.


2 out of 5 stars


  1. Kudos for managing to finish books you don't enjoy - I tend to put them down and never pick them up again!

  2. I feel guilty if I don't finish a book. I know it's crazy, but it really takes a lot for me to abandon a book.

  3. I wish I had your determination. I picked up "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and very quickly put it back down. I think I got to about 30 pages in and just got sick of the tone and lack of pace.

  4. Goodness! You made it further in We Need to Talk About Kevin than I did. I made it about 10-ish pages in before abandoning it and watching the weird movie. Even though I know I couldn't do it, I've given thoughts to picking it up and trying again.

  5. You're right. It would be torture. I'll skip the feelings of guilt and find something better to read. :)


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