Before I jump right into this review...egads! It has been over a year since I last posted a review onto this blog. It has sat abandoned for some time, collecting dust, but has been revived! With that being said, here is a quickie review for "Bad Boy" by Dream Jordan!
Author: Dream Jordan
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA, Urban, Contemporary
Kate is devastated to find herself back in a group home after a peaceful year of living with her loving foster parents, Lynn and Ted. The fantasy life of having the perfect family has come to an abrupt end and Kate's reeling from having to return to the place she’s fought so hard to avoid.
Sad and lonely, Kate soon falls prey to the dangerous affections of Percy, a good looking but shady young man. He treats her well at first, manipulating her already broken heart, and soon a cycle of controlling and abusive behavior begins.
Now Kate finds herself trapped and unable to be the strong, independent girl she’s tried her whole life to be. But this Brooklyn-born girl is never one to let a bad situation keep her down for too long. Told in Kate's sassy, witty voice, Bad Boy is all about staying strong and remaining true to yourself even when it seems like the whole world is out to get you.
Review: Although this book's action follows that of Dream Jordan's debut "Hot Girl," I did not read the first book and had no issue getting right into the thick of the novel. This quick read tells an important story: one of how easy it is to get sucked into an abusive relationship as a teenage girl. Kate, our protagonist, is a smart, tough girl who has been through a lot in life. From gang-banging to foster homes, she's come out on top. That is, until Kate meets Percy - who seems like Prince Charming at first but slowly peels away his layers to show the ugly, dark parts underneath.
There was definitely a telling progression from dream man to nightmare, and it was interesting to see the duality of Kate's struggle between those two aspects of Percy. While offering a good message, the book was not without issue. Most notably, the narration struck me as odd. While told in a first-person voice, there were times where I was taken out of that narration when the author chose to use words or terms that I could never picture a teen use. It made the text a little too unbelievable having slang like "Mad tight" and "peeped a box" alongside text like "...I slid my knapsack from underneath it...Looking at those pictures would precipitate a rainstorm inside of me." Knapsack? Precipitate? I was a teen girl in NYC not that long ago and I would have never used either of those words.
The other thing was the pacing of the story. It was quick and partially due to that fact, it seemed like everything happened so fast. Ultimately though, this may not be that big of a deal since it captures attention well and kept me reading non-stop. A solid read with a great message.
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