Beautiful Boy by Leddy Harper
My Copy: ARC eBook, 275 pages
Publication Date: April 28, 2016
Source: Inkslinger PR
One introverted girl.
One extroverted guy.
Then everything changed…
“You destroyed me.”
Novah wanted nothing more than to walk away, never see him again. She was determined to pick up the pieces of her tarnished reputation and move on. Her torture became her muse, earning her well-deserved notoriety for capturing beauty with her lens. She had come full circle. She had it all…until he returned.
Nolan found himself surrounded by the grim facets of life, no longer the prominent boy from an affluent family who’d caught Novah’s eye. The years had been unkind and left him in the dark, painful trenches of life. He needed her help.
Fifteen years can equate to a lifetime of change, neither one the same person they once were. Despite the humiliation, the latent wounds, the missing years…they’re destined to heal one another in unexpected ways.
“You saved me.”
Ugh. I didn’t care for this book at all. It was just too much on the whiny side. Everything screamed that the reader is supposed to feel sorry for this man, Nolan. I don’t know. I just didn’t get it. It just felt like it was begging for me to care and I just didn’t.
I didn’t like Nolan. He’s annoying. His thoughts just go on and on in a whiny way and it just bothers me. Okay, I understand he went through a lot. I understand he is insecure about how he looks. I do get that. But something about how he just goes on and on about how sorry for himself he feels and oh poor me kind of thoughts, it’s just a bit much and it annoys me.
The story has a nice message. I like how Novah finds the beauty in everything (even some things that society may deem as ugly) through photography. But still I found everything to be too much. Too feel sorry for these people and poor them. It’s asking for too much sympathy in an annoying way.
Because of all the annoying qualities in this story, I wasn’t able to get into the romance. I didn’t like the characters. I wasn’t at all captivated by the story; in fact, I was bored throughout and had to skim my way through parts. This book just wasn’t for me.
Best Aspect: The story’s attempted message
Worst Aspect: Characters