by Nicole Christie
Published by Nicole Christie Release date : October 28th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)
Seventeen year old Violet Mercer returns home from her summer vacation in Hawaii to discover her boyfriend's cheating on her with a friend. As if that wasn't bad enough, her mother's marrying a man she just met.
Things take an awkward turn when Violet meets her rich new stepfather, and his gorgeous son--the hot guy whom she made a fool of herself in front of earlier that day! Zane O' Connor is sexy and charming, and way out of her league. He makes her forget her ex-boyfriend even existed. But there's no way she'd ever have a chance with him...right?
Through a strange turn of events, Violet finds herself living with Zane for a month. Somewhere between the fighting and flirting, they become friends. And it isn't long before that friendship blooms into something else...something more powerful than Violet anticipated.
But Zane is hiding something from her--something big enough to tear them apart if Violet ever discovered the truth about him. Her suspicions keep her from trusting him completely. She's been burned before--is she willing to take that risk again?
As she and Zane spend more time together, Violet realizes it's too late: she's fallen for the beautiful boy with the big secret. Will she get her heart broken twice in one year--or will her love survive the truth?
For readers seventeen and older due to sexual situations and language.
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Honestly, I don’t even know where to start with this book. Due to the fact that the few books I read before this one were awesome, I was hoping I would continue on my “Good Book Roll”. Sadly, that is not the case. Falling for the Ghost of You could have been a great book, hell–even good, honest. But there are several different reasons why this it wasn’t and just didn’t work for me. The only thing going for it was its humor. There were parts that I legit laughed my butt off. The rest? No.
I’ll start with the writing. It had this weird.. vibe to it (I’m really at a loss for words how to describe it). Like I was reading this girls diary vs living out the events with her. Considering that this wasn’t the intention, it didn’t work. It’s very bland and underdeveloped. It was choppy and lacked even a decent flow– it was just all over the place. To put it straight, it felt like the VERY first draft. Not only was I laughing at the funny parts, I was also laughing at the unbelievably ridiculous things that came about randomly and others that left a bad taste in my mouth. Violet being a best-selling author (to pay for her Mom’s medical bills) and her,”Yeah, no big deal I’m just a bad ass” attitude. The whole situation with her best friend and the relationship with her teacher. View Spoiler » This isn’t something to just say, “oh shit” about a brush off. Nor is it in good taste to have her end up pregnant with all the nonchalance in the world. That is serious shit right there, people. « Hide Spoiler. The fact that Zane’s “secret” was so unrealistic. View Spoiler » He is supposedly this very famous singer/actor. You are telling me that just changing hair color and contacts would keep the media in the dark? How about the fact that he was her FAVORITE singer and she didn’t KNOW!? C’mon, now. Could you BE more dense? « Hide Spoiler The plot holes were so big it was unreal.
Violet is probably one of my least favorite protagonist, ever. For one, she is very immature and judgemental. Everyone was a slut, or a ho or a whore. Let me take a minute to point out that the one person that could be considered a “slut”, was Zane. For the first week she stayed with him, he had a different girl/woman over every night. Did this thought cross her mind? Nope. I guess a “hot body” gives him a pass. She was a horrible friend. Sure, she gave her a car at the end but what about all that drama in between? She was so selfish and obsessed with her “relationship” with Zane, she couldn’t see what was happening with her best friend. Speaking of; the “romance” was boring. I will admit, I did kind of like their banter in the beginning (VERY beginning) but once the feelings came into play, I just couldn’t give a rats ass. It’s always hard for me to believe that a guy that has a different woman over every night just gives that up for the girl. (Especially Violet). Did those women not know who he was, either?! I mean, let’s be real here.
The ending was… sad. Not boo-hoo sad, but “I didn’t think things could possible get worse” sad. My eyes were hurting from all the rolling. Honestly, I could go on and on about all the reasons why this book didn’t work and all the things that were NOT OKAY. But I wont.
My Peeve~ I’m sure you could guess, but if not… pretty much the whole thing. The only reason why I didn’t mark as DNF is because I needed a good laugh.
Overall~ I didn’t like it. I wish I hadn’t put this one on the poll and damn sure wish I hadn’t “purchased” it. Thank goodness it was free. Sure, I was entertained by the humor and ridiculousness but this just proves that– Some books are great; some books are good.. and some books are… not.
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