Friday, 4 September 2015

Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.
Has to Be Love
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She's used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she's got a secret that's both thrilling and terrifying--an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren't as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledge her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing--especially with the feelings she's starting to have about him. Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier?

Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Has to Be Love
“Let go of the idea that you should be without the marks that are part of you.”

This was a realistic story about a girl who basically didn’t know what to do with her life because she had scars on her face.

At times I felt for Clara in this story, and at other times I didn’t really understand her at all. I got that she had these thick, raised scars, and that she hated them, but she seemed to think it impossible that anyone could love her, which I really didn’t get. She had a father and a boyfriend who both adored her, but she couldn’t see it at all. She also couldn’t see how lucky she had been to come out of a bear attack with only scars, when her mother had lost her life.

The storyline in this was okay, but again, Clara’s choices bothered me a bit. I felt like she complained far too much, and totally threw it back in her face when he boyfriend showed her how much he loved her. Maybe it’s just because we are different people, but if you love someone, you’d do anything for them/to be with them, and Clara just didn’t behave like that at all.
The romance front did have a couple of steamy scenes, which made the book a little bit more interesting, but there wasn't enough romance for me.

The ending to this was okay, but I still felt like Clara needed to do some more growing up, and some serious thinking about what was really important to her.
6 out of 10

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