Unfinished Review: Another 365 Days by K.E. Payne


Sometimes, books just don't grab you.  That doesn't mean they won't wow someone else.  Unfinished Reviews are designed to spotlight books that I couldn't get through, but that might be just perfect for someone else.  

title:  Another 365 Days 

author:  K.E. Payne

pages: 264

format: Kindle

isbn/asin: 9781602827752

buy it: Amazon  Goodreads  B&N

rating: 2/5 [in the genre] or 4/10 [all books I’ve ever read].

recommended for:  Fans of The Princess Diaries, teen romances, and Disney Channel Original Movies.  Not that I'm addicted to those, or anything.  

My Ratings Explained

A young boy waits anxiously in an empty room. The boy has been bullied extensively during his life, both at school and at home, and is unsure what to expect. A familiar face walks in, introduces himself, and the conversation they have has a profound impact on each of their lives.

why i didn't finish it
I really wanted to like this.  I was so excited about it.  You don't see a lot of LGBT books where the focus is really on the character's growing up and romance and where they feel comfortable in their own skin.  I gave it  good shot, but by halfway in, I knew I just couldn't stick with it.  The voice is fun and very high school, but it's just slow.  She breaks it off with Han, there's something with Alice, there's something with Han--halfway through and I still have no idea who this J is, and I've felt like I read an entire book's worth of plot.  It was very will-they-won't-they in a way that I couldn't connect with.  Normally that doesn't bother me; I think it was because most of the action focused on the will-they-won't-they, with not much else going on.  I needed more tension to keep me going.  I needed the big plot to start earlier, or the beginning to start later.  

why you might like it
It's very well written, apart from the pacing.  Clem's voice is witty and bubbly and very teenage.  You can imagine this really being a teenager's diary--only a little cleverer with the jokes, of course.  There are some steamy (but age-appropriately steamy!) scenes and a lot of sweetness.  There's also a lot of joking about teenage things like Emos and skateboarding and hot teachers that makes you really feel like you're back in high school.  Or, if you are in high school, that you'll find very familiar.  Clem is also very multidimensional.  She knows she's using people and she's conflicted over it; but you still root for her because you can feel her heartbreak.  

Note: I received this copy in exchange for a review.  The price of the book and its origin in no way affected my stated opinions.

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