Thursday, 27 March 2014

Beautiful Things Never Last by Steph Campbell

Beautiful Things Never Last
Blurb (From Goodreads):
It’s been a year since Quinn's life was changed for good by that Christmas kiss from Ben.

A year spent getting her life together. No more crazy parents looking over her shoulder, no more self-destructive behavior or secrets. Now, she and Ben share everything— including a tiny apartment, and a beautiful love.

Since he met Quinn, Ben’s life has been full of change. After finally standing up to his mom, he’s cut ties with his family and moved across the country with the only girl he’s ever wanted. But there’s something to be said for feeling needed, and he’s not sure that he is anymore.

When Quinn’s accepted into a month long culinary program in Italy, she’s ecstatic. But while she’s in a gorgeous country learning gnocchi and pesto, Ben’s blowing off her calls and pulling back.

But someone from Ben’s past walks back into his life, and he finally feels like he has a purpose again. Someone to take care of... Someone to save.

When Quinn returns, and the who's and why's of Ben's behavior are revealed, how does she have any choice but to walk away from the only guy she's ever loved?

And how can Ben ever learn to let her go?

In this follow-up to the 2011 release, GROUNDING QUINN, love and loss take on new meanings when roles are reversed, and the lengths that we go to to protect our hearts are challenged in new ways.

Beautiful Things Never Last by Steph Campbell

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Beautiful Things Never Last(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Quinn and Ben have made up and have been living together for a while, but now Quinn is off on a month-long trip to Italy, and Ben is getting calls from his ex-girlfriend Caroline.
Can Ben remain faithful to Quinn? And will Quinn believe him even if he is?

This book started out okay, but it lost its way at the 70% mark.

Quinn and Ben were like totally different people in this book compared to Grounding Quinn, and it was a bit weird! The girl who took pills for fun had disappeared, and instead been replaced by a girl with a passion for cooking. Unfortunately at the 70% mark she slipped back to her old ways, and started to irritate me again.

The storyline in this was okay, both Quinn and Ben made mistakes though, and things got a bit immature and irritating when Quinn and Ben started arguing again.
The romance in the first half was okay, but was pretty much absent from the rest of the book, and in my personal opinion this book should not be classified as YA. Quinn and Ben have sex, and not behind-closed-doors sort of sex. I’m talking about details about rosy nipples and hard lengths kind of sex, and I would not recommend this book for young teens.
The ending was okay, but by that point I was glad that the book had finished. That second half just killed it for me.
Overall; started off good, but lost its way.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Eeekk, yeah, that does not sound like YA at all.