Feb 11, 2014
Title: Accidents & Incidents
Author: Riley Graham
Publication Date: December 11, 2013
Overall: 3 out of 5
Sometimes finding love means taking the scenic route … Living with her faultfinding mother has taught Leslie not to ask for much. Just watch your step, stay on the sidelines, and take what you can get. But she wants a mom who thanks her for cleaning the kitchen instead of yelling at her for missing a spot, and a boyfriend who does more than score her a seat at the popular table-someone who actually notices her sitting there. So when Cain, the school heartbreaker, turns his Carolina blue eyes her way, Leslie can’t help but be tempted, even if he’s her boyfriend’s best friend. Things get even more complicated when Leslie strikes up unlikely friendships with Meredith, Cain’s girlfriend, and Dennis, a boy addicted to cigarettes and solitude. Despite his tough exterior, Dennis seems to understand Leslie in a way that no one ever has, and to need her as much as she needs him. For the first time in her life, Leslie feels like she could belong. She’s just not sure where.
Accidents & Incidents was a good read overall. I liked how Leslie was trying to find herself while most people around her seemed to try to drag her down.
I did have a hard time sympathizing with her mother. Usually I find in most books, that the parents are just being parents and they aren’t too bad. However, Leslie’s mom was really really bad as far as fault finding goes. I’m surprised that Leslie didn’t have a bigger complex about never doing anything right. Leslie’s mom always took care of her, but really emotionally was completely absent.
Also I really enjoyed how Leslie finally started to make friends with Meredith and Derek. Especially after Keith cheated on her, it was nice to see that she wasn’t going to become an outcast for the rest of the book. I did think that the flirting with Meredith’s boyfriend Cain was oversold in the synopsis. There were two or three minor instances of flirting with him, but they never crossed any boundaries.
In the end I felt like the book did a great job of showing how interactions in high school are very isolating, and how everyone is caught up in their own world. However, the book just fell flat. It was short and even though I liked what was being said there was just a spark of emotion that I felt was missing.
I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars, it was a cute read. But it lacked anything that made it stand out as an amazing novel.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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