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Reviewed in India on 3 February 2021
TW: Death, grief, accident, PTSD.
Well, this was thoroughly disappointing. Not gonna lie, I'd a few hopes from this one since Five Feet Apart, by the same authors, had such rave reviews+ a movie with a great cast.
This is through and through romance, with elements of magical realism.
We've Kyle & Kimberly, who are "couple goals" and when Kimberly breaks up for the last time on their graduation night, Kyle looses it and they both end up in an accident. Due to its magical realism feel, there is a bit of a plot twist so 🤐.
Let me break down all the problems:
🎈 The protagonist, Kyle, is very creepy and is hung up on his ex gf and takes it as a personal affront that she didn't tell him that she'll be going to a different college than him. They had already broken up quite a few times in the past and this was "different". In my opinion, Kimberly should've dropped him as a friend too.
🎈 Kyle has a controlling, needy and narcissistic personality. It isn't really romance if anyone in the relationship is controlling. Leave that for the bdsm bedroom fantasies which is by consent *sigh*. No one likes an asshole-ish control freak .
🎈 Kyle, instead of being happy for his friends achievements, is a prick and even blames them for his problems. This is not an negative point as such, since he's being shown as flawed but there is no character arc and I've just disliked him from page 1 so no redemption qualities.
🎈I find insta love pathetic, frankly an overdone trope.
🎈 We've a love triangle 🥱.
In short, it's about white teens getting away with dumb shit and live their privileged lives. I don't think we need another story about a guy with control issues and his boohoo 1st world problems. I believe due to the typical YA teen relationship, I didn't enjoy this book one bit.