Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Review! Fall Out Girl by L. Duarte, 3.5 Cranky Stars

First off, let me say that this story started off with a hiss and a roar. 

Luna, the main female character, is not your typical heroine. She's hostile, full of snark and wit, an orphan staying with her drug addicted aunt and her vulnerable cousin, and Luna is a drug dealer.

Her voice is fresh and original. Luna is tough, funny, and smart, carrying both her pain and dreams for a better future.

Enter Caleb: he's the all American boy. They meet at a drug deal; Luna's selling, Caleb's friend is buying, and sparks fly.

They end up having class together. They end up working together. They end up falling in love.

This book plateaus somewhat in the middle and sadly, as love rises, Luna loses her sparkle. The tough, funny, smart girl dulls and is replaced by insecure and sad Luna.

Alas, the conflict in the last 75 percent was predictable and felt a little contrived. When our hero started acting out of character, I didn't understand why smart, savvy Luna didn't put it together.

The ending was rushed, but satisfying. I absolutely adored the Luna I first met in the book and hope the Luna at the completion of the story doesn't lose what made her interesting.

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