Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated…
Stir Me Up is a very difficult review for me to write for several reasons. 1) I DNF’d it. I did a lot of skimming 2) I love the cover 3) Jenner L. Armentrout recommended it. But my DNF came down to several reasons, which I’m about to discuss!
My main problem with Stir Me Up was that I despised the main character Cami. Honestly….Cami acted like an MG character. I didn’t associate her with a 17-18 year old. She whined constantly, she was full of drama, and she was hyper and uber sensitive 99% of the time. Now….it wasn’t that long ago that I was 17. And, yes, I acted like an idiot more than once, but I was pretty mature for a 17 year old. And, honestly, I didn’t meet many people my age who acted as immature as Cami. I honestly just couldn’t stand her.
Then we have Julian, and this is where the book got difficult for me..well…more difficult. See, I really like Julian’s character. I actually thought that he made the book. But…and yes…here it is….I thought his whole disability problem..you know…not having one of his legs…made for a very……awkward….NA book. Maybe if it had just been a YA book, then maybe it would have been fine. But it was really kinda gross reading about a 17 year old girl getting it on with a 20 year old guy who lost one of his limbs and had psychological damage. I wasn’t into it at all. I think that this is one of the only books that my face scrunched up on steamy scenes. I’m sorry…I’m just not into that. There’s nothing wrong with having a disability or anything, but it was very awkward.
I honestly did not care for the whole cooking aspect of this book. It didn’t really go with the story and it made it very choppy and bumpy. And if at all possible, it also made Cami even more annoying. There were just too many aspects to this book. I like that Cami had a side job and a boyfriend…and basically just a life. BUT….it was just too much.
Another complaint I had with this book were the parents. I couldn’t stand them. I though they were awful people, and I just couldn’t bring myself to read any scenes that they were in. I skimmed a lot during those parts, because I would just get so angry at the situation. A lot of the stuff that they said and did would just never go down in my house, and it just wasn’t an environment that I was very familiar with. I know it’s silly, but parents can play a huge role in if I like a book. If I don’t like the characters parents, I’m probably going to be skimming sections. I have firm beliefs about what parents should and should not do, and it just makes it awkward and uncomfortable for me to read. That doesn’t say anything against the writing. I’m sure that’s a good think that the author can bring out such emotions in me. But…no…I just couldn’t do it.
Overall, I didn’t much care for this book. Obviously, since I didn’t finish it. At first, I wasn’t going to write a review on the blog for this one, but I just felt that I had a reviews worth to say about it. I think that it’s going to be a hit or miss with people. I think it just comes down to preference. But it just wasn’t for me.
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013