So, going in you can’t help but see the mention of Twilight as a comparable to Molly McAdams new title. Nothing will ever turn me off faster than that reference, but the rest of the synopsis (and the buzz) was enough to capture my interest.
I See You
Do you remember in Gilmore Girls when Jess appeared, and the lure of that bad boy had Rory utterly confused? Sure, there was Dean – reliable, handsome, adoring Dean, admittedly NOT the sharpest tool in the shed. Then Jess appeared: brooding, surprisingly quick and sharp, desperate for love but too cool for school. It’s similar here… at least in set up.
Aurora (Rorie) is a college student with an irresistible draw to the hot boy, Jentry, the one who is up front about his just one night rules, and his seeming disinterest in more. She’s not that girl — but for a night – why not. And a week later, she meets THE guy for her – the sane, honest, open and reliable Declan… the one who will stick around in the morning. But she’s torn.
And we have a triangle – not a bad thing, except the shame with which Rorie applies to her time with Jentry – the time she can’t stop thinking about.
Let me start by saying the McAdams builds a wonderful character – and each one of these held back – even with the overuse of time switches, from past, near past, even nearer past to present (confused yet – yes – it was a huge distraction). With all of the back and forth, alternating narrations the story’s impact and pieces don’t fall into place as you read – sections and moments become relevant and important several pages later. It was jarring and often distracting to have the story doled out in pieces that didn’t appear to logically correlate, but come the last pages…. I got it.
I saw why Rorie was confused, and actually BOTH Declan and Jentry had viable standing to be ‘her’ choice. Her desperation to do the right thing often discounted the major question – right for WHOM…and as is common with someone of this age, and in this genre, those choices are flexible, fluid, heartwrenching and often carry suitcases of regrets. A wholly unique construct of a story that could have been boy A or boy B…….and still been impossible to not remember.
Title: I See You
Author: Molly McAdams
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published on: 1 November, 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 39 minutes
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ powerful new novel offers one of the most memorable love triangles in fiction since Twilight—perfect for fans of New Adult fiction like Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, and Tamarra Webber.
Futures are uncertain, unpredictable—like ink spilled across the purest surface. Nearly imperceptible ripples move and flow until a unique stain is formed. The ink is permanently imbedded in the surface…
During one wild night in college, Jentry Michaels is a tidal wave of ink that brands Aurora Wilde’s soul. An unparalleled stain she can’t forget despite the many months that have passed—and despite the distraction she’d hoped she would find in her new relationship with Declan, the charmer who captured her heart soon after. Jentry has irrevocably touched her soul, and he is intertwined in her present and future in ways she never fathomed. Now Aurora is faced with keeping that night hidden though it feels as if the ink has indelibly etched their story across her skin.
When Declan is confronted with his own personal demons, Aurora must decide if she will continue to hold tight to their relationship and a safe, reliable future with him, or if she will turn to Jentry—the guy she can’t forget no matter how hard she tries.…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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