Author: Elana Johnson
Release Date: February 14th, 2014
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Format: e-book, Received from author in exchange for an honest review
The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.
Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am going to give just that.
I thought this book was just okay. I was so excited about it. I read her other book in verse, Something About Love and I really enjoyed it. I couldn't wait to get into this one. Problem is, I just couldn't seem to get into it.
The book is written in verse, which wasn't the problem. I had a hard time with the time changing. One minute you are in the elevator with her having issues then you are back into a story from the past about what happen between her and Travis. Sometimes it was easy to tell when she was switching to the past or the present, but most of the time, I was having to try to guess. I also had to go back a page sometimes to re-read it just to understand what was supposed to be going on.
Elly was a character I couldn't really enjoy. She seemed so full of herself. She states that she feels she was just average, but all the things she was trying to do said otherwise. I know what it is like to try to hold things in, but she did it all to the extreme. Doing all these games to try to make decisions in her life. She is about to graduate high school and can't seem to make a decision to save her life. Then when she finally makes one, she won't change it no matter how much it is going to ruin what she really wants. It made me want to rip my hair out.
I really liked Travis. He is the reason I kept reading so long. He tried so hard in all that he did. He did mess up a little with Honesty, but I think he just was such a softie he couldn't figure out how to end it. It is understandable. All the things the poor guy was having to go through was awful. I was hoping for the best with him throughout the whole book. I also hoped he got what he wanted in the end.
The ending was just bad. I felt I read through all this stuff to get something out of it, I didn't. When I ended it, I felt my body say "okay" and rolled over and went to sleep. I didn't have to sit and think about the ending like I usually do. I didn't want to re-read the ending which I also usually do. It ended and I was okay with it.
I don't regret reading the book. I did enjoy parts of it. I just felt like it all got thrown together in a way that just wasn't for me. I will definitely try reading more from this author, but I don't see this book being in my re-read pile.