March 20, 2014

Book Review: Break You by Jennifer Snyder

Title: Break You
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult


Blaire Hayes enjoys a quiet life, spending her days as a CNA at the local nursing home and nights studying for exams. She prefers things to be as uncomplicated as possible -- but when her friends drag her to a party and she bumps into her high school crush, the path of Blaire’s life veers in an entirely different direction than what she had planned for herself.

Jason Bryant created a nice life away from his hometown, putting distance between himself and the suffocating sadness of his father’s death. But when he finds out his grandfather’s health is deteriorating, he decides he must return home. Partying was not on his agenda while in town, but it’s how he bumps into Blaire Hayes—the girl he’d always thought of in high school as an unobtainable pass.

Together the two learn there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to break you...

(New Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, mature themes, and alcohol usage.)

Break YouBreak You by Jennifer Snyder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a quick and easy read, and it ended up being pretty good. The formula for the book was pretty standard: two people meet at a college party, and it turns out they went to high school together and had secret feelings for each other, but never acted on them. In this case Jason had actually used Blaire to get to her friend, so Blaire harbored some revengeful feelings towards him. Now that they're older, they are still wildly attracted to each other, so they take the chance that they never took in high school and go out on a date. There's a spark - they do really like each other - and they end up sleeping together. But then, crazy circumstances and events transpire that lead to Blaire not trusting Jason and avoiding him. But then another crazy coincidence pops up and forces her to let him back in to her life. Of course, he screws up again and causes her to doubt her ability to trust him. So then they have to still decide if they really want to be together.

While I did enjoy this book, it was pretty formulaic and predictable. I knew what was going to happen before it ever did, so it kind of took the fun out of it. Of course, Jennifer Snyder, put up big red flags throughout the book to kind of lead you to the conclusion, so maybe it was supposed to be obvious. I liked Blaire as a character, but I think that she overreacted on several occasions. It always frustrates me when the problems between the two main characters could have been solved with one mature conversation. Instead, it drags on and on because one or the other is too stubborn or too immature to just sit down and say how they feel or ask whatever question they may have. I mean, dang! They are supposed to be older, college kids, not middle or high school students who still can't have a conversation with the opposite sex.

Overall, though, I liked how the story progressed. I thought that Brice needed his butt kicked, and that Bonnie should leave him, but that's another issue. The ending felt really rushed to me also, and I would have even preferred a cliffhanger as opposed to how fake and hurried it seemed. I don't think the things that were going on between Blaire and Jason would have resolved in that way. However, that is all just my opinion, and other readers might have loved it. This was definitely a solid 3-stars for me, and if this is a genre you like, you should give it a read.

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