I read a teen romance.
I do not normally read pure romances of any kind, because I firmly believe that it's not a real story unless someone is trying to kill you, but after hearing all my GR friends rave about this book and then stumbling across it at the library, I decided to give it a try. And honestly, it wasn't awful. It was cute, mostly. Aside from the times when I was absolutely overwhelmed by
Note: This review will contain spoilers, but they're not really spoilers because, as in all romantic comedies, you know exactly what's going to happen from the very beginning. (Only tangentially related other note: this is why I only go to romcoms when my friends make me. Then I will look at my phone the whole time and think about how I really want to go see Fast Five instead, because even though you pretty much know what's going to happen in that one, too, there are explosions, which always make movies better.) End Note.
Anna is most definitely
I really did have a problem with that whole situation. (A real problem, and not just me complaining about the nature of the romance genre.) There's no evidence that Ellie was a terrible person - true, maybe she wasn't the best of friends, but she wasn't a horrible girlfriend or evil in any way. It bothers me that this book was based on breaking up an existing relationship. It was probably going to end anyway, but that's not really the point. Everyone handled the situation badly and that's never actually addressed, other than St Clair telling Anna he messed up. But then everything is okay, because it is a Romance and that is how Romances work.
Most of the characters were your usual Cardboard Cutouts - the Loyal Friend, the Mean Girl, That Weird Guy With A Crush (and what was that whole thing about, anyway?), the Couple, etc. There wasn't really any adult supervision in their lives (which was another thing I found hard to believe), so parental figures were mainly present in their absence, except when they popped in to Mess Up Their Children's Lives, which is the only thing parents do. And I already talked about how Anna was completely Girl Next Door, and of course St Clair is entirely perfect, except for his inability to break up with his girlfriend, but even that is excusable, because he is Suffering a Terrible Tragedy and his father is Evil Incarnate.
On the bright side, there were plenty of sweet moments, and funny ones too. Like I said, it was a cute story, in the end, and I imagine that if you are a fan of romances, you will like this book. Personally, I was waiting for Anna to find out she was a witch and that St Clair grew fur and howled at the full moon, or at least for someone to get kidnapped or possibly involved in some sort of mafia conflict, but it's possible that I may be biased.