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Title: Fairy Tale
Author: Cyn Balog
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: An impulse pick at the library.
Summary: Morgan and her football-star boyfriend are looking forward to their joint 16th birthday party. But then she catches him hanging out with a new girl.
Stopped on Page: 28
Why I Stopped: The main character’s voice was a little young for my taste. But the clincher for me and the reason I didn’t even make it to my 50-page line in the sand was what happened on page 27.
Morgan and her boyfriend Cameron have been dating since they were young kids. Here, Morgan is comparing her relationship with Cameron to how she sees other girls acting with guys:
I sigh, thinking of the girls at school. Most of them are going through hell for guys—playing weird head games like “ignore him and he’ll fall all over you” or seeing who can fit into the clothes with the biggest price tags and the smallest sizes. I’ve never been a part of that world, and I don’t want to be. I want to be with Cam. That’s the only thing about my life that makes sense.
This felt a little on the needy side to me, and having just come off reading about a needy, all-consuming love in Shiver, I wasn’t ready for another one just yet.
Your Turn: Should I have kept going? Or was I right to stop?
Note: As an aspiring author, I respect the extraordinary amount of effort that goes into writing a book. I did not write this review in order to be unfair or negative about the book. My goal is simply to articulate why the book wasn’t for me.