Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Trusting You And Other Lies by Nicole Williams

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Title: Trusting You And Other Lies
Author: Nicole Williams
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 293
Pub Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers/Penguin
Book Source: publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars



**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Synopsis: Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years—do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better? 

On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum—the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out—and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?
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Sigh.

So many bad books this year. Bad for me, at least.

• CLASSISM. So, basically, if you don't aspire to get a college degree, you suck at life. The MC is constantly judging her love interest for not being "into" college. Listen, if you can afford college or get scholarships, great for you, but not everyone can go to/wants to go to college. Some people have other plans! School isn't for everyone and I honestly resent when people are looked down upon or considered less-than because they choose not to go to college. One point against the MC and the author.

• Another point against Phoenix comes with the fact that she specifically SAYS she is oh-so-independent and doesn't "do" boy-crazy, but then she does. She acts like a fool over Callum and honestly, it kinda pissed me off. Phoenix is so incredibly insecure—which is fine—but she lies to herself SO BADLY about it. She actually has this fake-cocky thing going on and it's pretty gross and makes her wholly unlikable. Get this: she finds out that Callum isn't a virgin, right? He's 18. He's been with other girls. SHOCKER! So she gets all upset and sad about it, like he fucking cheated on her. I HATE IT WHEN GIRLS DO THIS. HATE HATE HATE. This little situation in the book brings me to my next point...

• CALLUM. So, he follows Phoenix's little pity party up with this:

“Have you ever eaten a porterhouse steak?” ... “A porterhouse steak is like the best damn thing in the world.” ... “Have you ever eaten packing popcorn? The worst thing ever.” ... “You are the porterhouse. All those other girls, any other girl, they're packing popcorn.”

STEAK... and... PACKING POPCORN?????? YES! He, A) compared her to a literal piece of meat, and B) used his little analogy to trash every other girl he's ever been with. Why do you have to lessen every other person you've slept with just to make this little twat feel better about herself? It's frankly, rude, but also extremely condescending. But Phoenix? She eats it right up. It makes me sick. I hate you both. Go away.

• If you haven't caught on by now, I cannot stand the MC. MOST. UNLIKABLE. CHARACTER. EVER. She's a spoiled brat. She's judgmental AF. She's insecure but pretends not be with this uppity, annoying attitude. She talks about how she is THE BEST SISTER of life all through the book, then proceeds to treat her little brother like crap. She also doesn't understand why her parents sent her to the camp because she is finicky and can't appreciate nature AT ALL. She spends the entire book trying to make everyone else live up to what SHE wants from them. Just ew.

The only thing I actually liked about this book was the actual setting. I enjoyed the camp atmosphere and wish that the characters within it had been better.

Overall? Good setting, bad characters. Mediocre (at best) storyline. Not for me. I don't recommend it at all.
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