Stripped — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Brooklyn Skye

released: May 14, 2013

format: e-book

pages: 345 pages

publisher: Brooklyn Skye

Read: June 3, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com •  Author’s Website

The Down-low

“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t… waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.(From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This self-published book by first time author Brooklyn Skye, is a fun, well-written new adult novel.  The book focused on a freshman girl who is trying to figure out who she is in a world that has not been kind to her.  The romance is sweet and the journey Quinn takes is something readers will appreciate.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.*

I really liked this book, but this is a hard review to write.  I have a couple of issues with the book, which is why I gave it three stars instead of four.  As far as plot, the book offers a lot.  Quinn, a freshman in college, is dealing with the recent suicide of her sister, her father’s scandalous job firing (well, he quit, but… it’s complicated!), having to model nude in an art class to pay for her education, and dealing with trying not to fall in love.  There was a lot going on, but it wasn’t cheesy by any means.

The writing was also great.  I really found myself lost in Quinn’s story, and also saw a little bit of myself in her when I was that age.  As the book progresses, she finds out just how wrong and naive she is about certain things, and I really loved that.  Because, how many of us were know-it-alls at 18/19, only to get knocked down a few pegs?

I figured out what was going to happen about twenty pages in, but I think that was because the book was very similar to Ten Tiny Breaths.  In some ways, that made me like this book more, but I didn’t get the same pain in my heart I did when I read TTB.  This book was a bit more light-hearted, even though the issues it dealt with were just as somber.  (If you liked TTB, definitely check this book out).

There were a couple of issues I did have though.  I couldn’t understand what was so redeeming about Quinn to have her sort-of boyfriend keep wanting her back.  She was really bitchy to him, and removed herself from his control, but he completely changed ways and tried to get her back.  The pathology behind that was confusing to me.  Maybe I just watch too much Law & Order: SVU.  (My perspective on domestic violence is probably screwed up thanks to Benson & Stabler.)

Another issue I had was the fact that Quinn didn’t have any inkling about her sister’s secret.  Even I kind of wondered at one point during the foreshadowing, but figured there was no way that could be it.   I can’t divulge much, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I just couldn’t get how someone wouldn’t notice.

My last issue was minor — the ending seemed too quick for me.  Of course I knew and wanted things to end up the way they did, but I also felt like I needed a bit more closure.

That being said, I really enjoyed the book.  It is one I would be happy to recommend, especially as a summer ‘beach read’.  It’s fast, fun, sweet, and if you can get past the minor quirks I had, is worth it.

Overall

Three point five out of Five Stars

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