Sunday, 30 March 2014

Delicate by Steph Campbell

Blurb (From Goodreads):
Sydney Pierce has just met the guy of her dreams…just don’t tell her psycho boyfriend, Trevor.

With a gorgeous boyfriend, a thriving gymnastics career and a stellar academic record, anyone would assume that Sydney has it all. That's precisely what the seventeen-year-old perfectionist wants you to believe, and she works hard to keep up the pretense. Especially now that there are cameras following her for a documentary on Olympic hopefuls.

When Grant, the charming new student, disrupts her carefully crafted routine, the cracks beneath her perfect façade begin to rise to the surface and despite Trevor's objections to their friendship, she can't stay away from him.

As her connection to Grant pulls her closer to him, the once lighthearted relationship with Trevor takes an intense and dark turn, forcing her into a position in which not only her happiness, but her safety is at stake. Can Sydney learn to let go of everything she is clinging to in order to gain everything she has ever wanted, or will she realize her breaking point too late?

Delicate by Steph Campbell

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Delicate(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Sydney is a gymnast, but she’s also trying to make it through high school, and keep her boyfriend Trevor happy.
When new guy Grant starts at school, Sydney is shocked at the way that Trevor doesn’t trust her around him, and even starts hurting her when he gets angry or jealous.
Should Sydney stay with Trevor? Or should she be trying to get away from him?

This was an interesting YA contemporary romance, and is definitely the best book I have read by this author so far.

I liked Sydney, and I liked how passionate she was about gymnastics. The connection between both her and Grant, and her and Trevor was obvious, and she really did go out of her way to do nice things for both Grant and Trevor which showed how much she cared.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and even though I was shocked at the way Sydney took the blame when Trevor hit her, or made excuses for him, I know that that is probably the sort of thing that really happens in real life. I did get really annoyed at the way Trevor treated Sydney, and found it really bad the way he didn’t even care that he was hurting her!
I did like the gymnastics elements of the book, and I liked that Sydney had to train, and wasn’t the necessarily the best in the competition. There wasn’t as much made of the TV show element as there could have been though.
I liked the romance in this (with Grant, not Trevor), and I thought that Grant was really sweet. It was a little predictable in places, but I still liked it.
The ending was okay, and I liked that Sydney was finally happy, even if we didn’t really find out what happened to Trevor.
Overall; good YA contemporary romance,
7.5 out of 10.

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