Feb 21, 2014
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin Groups
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Overall:3 out of 5 stars
Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…
Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.
But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…
Believe was an decent, new-adult read. I liked how the author dealt with issues that everyday people can understand. There were no crazy emotional issues and neither one of them had an over the top scenario with drugs, etc. There definitely was drama, but it seemed more understated that most new adult, and I definitely appreciated it.
I did feel bad for Robin, and while I understood her need to get sober and stay sober, I vehemently disagreed with her decision to keep what happened with Nathan a secret. I would have told Kylie immediately, especially since Nathan kept texting Robin. I mean if you’ve already committed a friend-foul, then you might as well ‘fess up and make sure that your friend doesn’t get hurt even worse.
I liked Phoenix and I thought he was fairly well-adjusted considering his upbringing. This is where it definitely got cliche, but I could deal with that because it was fairly in the background of the story. I mean aside from explaining his anger, and stint in prison it was mostly left alone.
There was the inevitable fall out, and definitely Robin handled it poorly. I was so upset with her, and at Phoenix. I understood they both had their issues, but it was just terrible the way they treated each other. I also did think that there aspects that were odd and a little creepy. The face tattoo, the weird song lyrics, and the insta-love.
I did enjoy the book, and it was only later on reflection that some of these things started to bother me. I would give the book 3 out of 5 stars, just because there were some things that just kind of unsettled me. I don’t know that I would pick up something by this author again, but I do think that for the New Adult genre it was a decent read.
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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