Tuesday, April 7, 2015

REVIEW: Aimee and the Heartthrob

     Hello fellows!
     I know, I know. I didn't post any updates about reading or finishing this book before, so why am I talking about it now? Last Thursday, I was checking my NetGalley reads for books to read and noticed that I have 2 books to read before their respective release dates (both on April 14, 2015). Aimee and the Heartthrob and The Truth About Jack are now my main literary priorities. I've already finished Aimee and the Heartthrob (which is why I'm reviewing it now) and I'm currently reading The Truth About Jack.

Title: Aimee and the Heartthrob
Author: Ophelia London
Publisher: Entangled (Crush)
Release Date: April 14, 2015
He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…

      There's the little blurb to give you more of an insight of the book, besides the review of course.
     Just as a disclaimer, this "review" is more of a critical talk, sans the spoilers.
     16-year-old Aimee Bingham has been in love with the hot boy band lead singer Miles Carlisle since she was eleven (she just hasn't known it yet). Of course, everyone's in love with him. But what makes her so different? Her older brother and Miles have been best friends and he's known her for 5 years. Aimee's fallen for that blond hair and blue eyes before all that fame and fortune. What makes it worse is that she's learned that Miles knew that she liked him, and she's always going to be the annoying little girl to him. Crushed, Aimee's little puppy crush on Miles has subsided, until the day she learns that her and her brother are supposed to go on tour with them, while her parents are unable to look after them for a while. What will happen when she sees Miles (besides on posters and through the television) in person; will her heart remain shut to his goofy smiles and hearty laughs, or will her heart learn to love again?
     I give the book a 3.5-3.75 stars out of 5.
     This is because the author's effort to make it presentable to the target audience is radiating into this book. She uses many abbreviations that teenagers use these days, to try and make it relatable to the young adult population. There are words such as "crappers" (in a sense of vulgar language), "frickin" (which only a small amount of teenagers actually use because they have no shame in saying the complete word), and "bangin'" (not as a verb, as an adjective). There are a pile more of examples but they were just too tiring to remember. Yes, this novel would have been captivating if it were to become an audiobook. There are teens who use this kind of language, so I would think they would be accustomed with hearing such words, but seeing them on paper makes them visually unappealing. I'm not in any way/shape/form saying this to insult the author. I just felt that the writing style wasn't really my cup of tea.
     The second thing I would like to get off my chest would be the clichés. The storyline follows the typical bestfriend-sister scenario; maybe you haven't read as many books with such setup but I've read enough Wattpad books to know, it's not an original story. I'll give it to Ophelia London though. The author adds more detail into the plot to make it more of her own. Throw in fame and fortune; BOOM! A new and enticing book.

     Besides these factors, the real reason I gave this book a 3.5 star-rating would be that as it did excite me with the characters (plus the romance was all cute and bubbly), it wasn't the most plot-twisting book ever. You could see what was coming from a mile away, and that's not always a good thing. Right from the start of the book until the end, you could see the path of the story like there was nothing else to see. Like a horse with blinders.

     The book did lose some points from me with the misuse of the language, the cliché plot line and the evident ending.

     Yes, I didn't quite like the book as I wanted to, but maybe you would. If contemporary romances are your cup of tea, then try it out. If bestfriend-sister (or bestfriend-sibling relationships in general) is what you like, give it a try. If you would like to experience what it's like to be dating someone famous, or when you're famous and dating, read it. It comes out April 14, 2015 (a week away) as an ebook.

     That's all for my post, and remember: you should be a tree; they have awesome afterlives.

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