Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review: The Right Family by Susan B. Roara (The Right Family #1)

The Right Family by Susan B. Roara (The Right Family #1)
Rating: MA
Genre: Romance
Score: ❤❤❤
Page Count: 267
Book #1 of The Right Family series
Publisher: Burlington Publishing LLC
Published: September 2, 2015

Lucy has always had a soft spot for Jack. As they grow up together, their friendship turns into something more, but when tragedy strikes, Jack is whisked away, never to be heard from again. 

Several years pass. The boys in high school don't interest Lucy, and she continues to think about Jack - where did he go? What does he look like? Does he think of her? When she finds out where Jack might be located - halfway across the country in Indiana - Lucy drives to meet him, not knowing what she'll find, if he'll recognize her, if he'll turn her away, or if he'll even be there. 

But when Lucy's mom suffers a long-coming mental breakdown, shattering the family to pieces, Lucy is pulled back to Connecticut, left wondering what will become of her and her long-lost love. Blurring the line between friendship and love, responsibility and instinct, The Right Family is a beautifully written story that is not to be missed. 

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an HONEST review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own with no disrespect to the author.

1. So like I said at the beginning, I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by the author whom I have to say was so nice! Susan contacted me a few days ago, asking if I would consider her book for review. I took one look at the synopsis and I thought the story sounded very intriguing, especially since I'm currently in a big contemporary mood at the moment. I thought it seemed like it could be a fun read and I have to say that I enjoyed it but not as much as I would have liked to. Without further ado, here's my review:

2. I really liked that there were a lot of factors to the storytelling of this book such as death, mental illness, broken homes and other things that are rarely talked about in the Young Adult literature that I usually read which is what got me wanting to read the book in the first place even though it's not a YA novel. I like reading about those subjects because they're relatable to a lot of people. I liked that this book never strayed away from the seriousness that carried the theme for the story, which made it an interesting read and kept me wanting to know what happened next as the story progressed.

3. The characters were interesting as well, particularly Lucy's mother. Even though I didn't really see a ton of development in the characters, they were all still intriguing. Lucy seemed like a really sweet girl though maybe a little naive at first. Jack and his brother were very open about their home life and how horrible of a mother they had, never denying it or trying to make excuses for her. Lucy's siblings are all interesting too though I didn't really get to know a ton about them throughout the book. There were so many diverse characteristics in each of them that I became invested in wanting to get to know each of them a little more.

1. The first few chapters of the book were my favorite parts of it. I started out really loving the story but soon started getting a little bit hesitant to read it because of a few reasons. One of them was that it started getting a little slow which isn't an uncommon occurrence in a novel. I just found myself starting to drag through the story instead of devouring it like I had started out doing.

2. Another thing I didn't enjoy about the book was that it felt a little rushed towards the middle and end, especially when Lucy and her friends decide to look for Jack after so many years of not hearing from him. I would've loved to have seen just a little more conflict and obstacles pop up to disrupt their search just to get me more interested in what was happening, a little more problem solving to figure out where Jack was.

3. I also thought a few scenes were unnecessary or could've been briefly described so the story could continue on without too long of a pause. Just in case you guys are wondering about the 'ADULT CONTENT', there are a few graphic sex scenes that happen that I think could have been shortened. I personally felt that those scenes didn't really add to the story and are probably what made it feel like the middle and ending was rushed for me. The book strayed a little too often from the plot for me which is what made me start losing interest.

279199454. The book also left me with some unanswered questions about the characters that I'm sure will be answered in the sequel which I was also sent by the wonderful author so a huge thank you to Susan for that. I never like finishing a book and feeling like there were too many loose ends which is why I'm eager to read the sequel and finish this series and find out what happens next to the characters and hopefully get some answers.

Overall, this book was an interesting one and I will be reading the sequel sometime within the next couple of weeks. I'm hoping I'll end up loving how everything wraps up and I will be posting a review of the sequel of course. Stay tuned!

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1 comment:

  1. I am glad you were able to quite enjoy this book, especially if you are going to be reading the sequel pretty soon as well! Have fun with it too. I like the sound of this one managing the tough themes so well and that the characters caught your eye too!