Author: A.N. Senerella
Published Date: June 21st 2017
Genre: Contemporary, YA
My Rating: ★ ★
Anika Mason—simple name. Brown hair—average color. Blue eyes—she wished they were brown. But somehow she's attracted the attention of the new boy at highschool, and he is becoming quite obsessive and possessive over her. She needs to figure out how to get rid of him, fast. But when she's forced to lie about having a boyfriend to get him to leave her alone, she gives the name of the biggest player in the school; Brady Morrison. Not only did she not like him, but he barely knew she existed. And now she had to pretend she was dating him. Wonderful.
"Maybe if you stopped trying to force yourself on me against my will, I'd be willing to try to know you. "
Anika is a very dramatic person who has an anger problem, and a side of anxiety that was randomly thrown in, all while being oblivious to the feelings of those around her. She's not even one of those characters you want to like, instead I found myself being incredibly annoyed with her and most of the other characters in this book.
Then we have Brady the guy she used to have a crush on, Foster the new kid, and Mitchell the guy who's been one of her best friends. What do all these guys have in common? They are all very possessive of Anika for no real reason at all. No one is dating her! Mitchell has always been in love with her for the same reason that Foster is and both are equally creepy when it comes to showing it, Mitchell is just better at hiding the creepiness. Brady is the guy who likes her, but is a player and she's not into that.
Then we also have the best friend Sierra who had no real part in the story besides being there constantly for Anika who had no time for her unless a 'tragedy' had happened.
Overall as you can probably tell I was pretty frustrated with this book. I found myself not only being frustrated with all the alpha males, but with Anika not telling anyone what was happening. Also what type of parents leave a teenager alone in a house and don't at least call everyday, or come back on the weekends, or at least have other people checking in on them occasionally to make sure everything's okay? Just no no no.
Having said what I was annoyed with lets say some positive things as well, I liked how I was able to read this book in one sitting, and even though I didn't particularly care for any of the characters I also needed to know what was going to happen at the end.
This book has so much potential and with a few slight changes I think it would make a really good one. We just need more connection to the characters and maybe some backstory in how they all knew each other in the beginning instead of the last 25% of the story.
I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.