Book 22/25 in the 2011 Reading Challenge. Date completed: November 3, 2011.
Ok, so this was another Pinterest find because I liked the cover. I'd probably have never heard of this book or Marisa de los Santos otherwise. I gave it a three-star rating on Goodreads, but it was one of those times where I really wished instead of a five-star rating system, they used a ten-star. I think this book would have merited more than six stars out of ten but probably only about seven total. So, yeah, I suppose what I'm getting at is that I feel like about a 3.5 star rating is more honest.
The book started out really well. I was hooked on it right away, especially from the first Clare chapter as her mother seemingly goes insane... And Cornelia certainly was a lovable character, too. She made a lot of classic film and book references and I like that sort of thing. She's a hopeless romantic and a bit of an under-achiever, but content with her life in general. The book creates a very unlikely connection between Cornelia and Clare, who we several chapters in discover is the daughter of Cornelia's super-suave boyfriend, Martin. When Clare's mother goes off the proverbial "deep end," Martin finds himself suddenly solely responsible for the 11-year-old daughter he has essentially spent carefully avoiding her whole life. He turns to Cornelia for help with Clare, and this was about the point where I sensed a plot-twist approaching that I wanted to dig my heels into the mud to prevent.
Without spoiling the story, I can only say that things changed about halfway through this book. I felt it coming and I was really hoping against all hopes that it wasn't going where it was, but I was right. Nothing terrible happens, just that it was really.. well, unbelievable. And sappy. And that was why it took me nearly a month to get through. I lost interest. It ends happy, it's just not the ending I'd have chosen. The first half of the book, though, I really enjoyed!
Oh well. On to the next. It's definitely crunch-time. I'm running out of days to complete the last three books. I have started Divergent this weekend so hopefully I'll get through it pretty quickly and painlessly, but with the move and our vacation so quickly approaching and my husband going in for gallbladder surgery this week... I'm slightly stressed out lately. So we'll see. Need to do a bento update soon, and a life-in-general update, too!