30.9.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: If You Wrong Us by Dawn Klehr

book blurb breakdown


Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

If you'd like to do a breakdown, here's a snazzy little button!  Post your link in the comments. 







today's blurb



Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 

from Goodreads


"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens." - Kirkus Reviews

Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.

As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.

Or so they think.

In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they've come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it's too late?

No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?


the blurb:  shredded 



"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens." - Kirkus Reviews (Okay, someone besides the publisher has said this. I am now intrigued. I freaking loved Gone Girl.) 

Becca and Johnny become entangled (Great word. There's so much conflict to it.) after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. (Mwuahaha, mystery!) But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.  (Cooool.  I know it's a common trope, but I'm a sucker for it.)  

As they plot revenge against the person responsible, (This is what caught me--they skip "bring the person to justice" and head straight for "revenge." It says a lot about them and makes my evil side cackle gleefully.) a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic (I love this!  It's like Sid-and-Nancy crazy-psycho-love; it doesn't pretend to be sweet and forever)—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.

Or so they think.  (OMG I LOVE THIS.  Romance turned on its head!  People in love for the wrong reasons!)  

In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful (A little abstract here. Where are we, Arkham?) and love and hate become one, (This is btter.) Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. (Descent into madness? :D) Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they've come to believe about the crash. (I love people questioning reality!  I love the darkness of all this.) Question is: will they learn the truth before it's too late?  (Dun dun dun.  I hate the "before it's too late" thing because I think it's unspecific, but it gets the job done.)  

No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?  (Okay, so I love the idea behind this, but "will they care?" sounds so whatever-teen-apathy, not holy-crap-life-devastating-consequences.  It kind of ends on a "meh" note.)  


the verdict 

4.5/5 stars
 would i read it?:  yes 


For the most part, this blurb is everything I want in a blurb.  First of all, it helps that the concept of the book is interesting.  Two people out for revenge.  Issues with reality.  Toxic, obsessive romance.  YES, PLEASE.  Second, it's punchy.  There isn't a lot of detail here but you still know (a) what's going on and (b) what the stakes are.  It also gives you a tone with the kind of words it uses: unyielding, manic.  I'm picturing a pretty fast-paced, psychological kind of anti-love story.  Maybe we could get a little more info about what they think happened in the crash, but you don't really need that to have a good sense that there's a mystery here--or at least, they think there is.  I wish the ending were a little more concrete and OMG, and the stakes could be made more clear.  Like, is it just their sanity?  Are there LIVES in the mix?  However, I still finish reading with the feeling that I want to know more about these crazy people.  

I've also read Cutting Room Floor by this author, another creepy, stalkerish romance.  She has a niche, I guess.  I wasn't enamored with that one, but I hope to see that she's grown in this second novel. 


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Have you read it?  Does the blurb match the pages? 
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  

 



4 comments:

  1. This was so fun to read!! I love this!! Made me think about why I pick up the books I do!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. Thank you! That's why I started doing it. (:

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  2. I could probably end up saying, each time I comment on one of these posts, how fantastic a feature it is. Which I could well continue to do. It could be a theme! It really is a brilliant feature and I enjoy reading your deconstructed blurbs so much. They're incredibly interesting.

    This one doesn't grasp my attention, particularly, merely because of the genre I'm presuming it is. Thrillers don't really work well with my intense fear of thriller-esq things. Fairly simple reasoning! It does make for a pretty neat synopsis, though, it must be said. A little telling- how much of the story are we actually told in that single synopsis?- but good.

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    1. I can't say I'll ever tire of hearing it. (: I'm so glad you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!

      Ha, yes, I imagine this one will have a lot of scary twists and turns. I was pretty impressed with this one.

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