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I don’t always review my DNFs (did not finish books,) but I tend to like to review them so that our readers can also read about the books that I didn’t so much care for. Today, I’m going to introduce you all to two books that I’ve recently DNF’d. Neither of them really needed their own post, so I’m grouping them together in one. Find out more below!
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.
A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
I made it to chapter 17 of the audiobook before I DNF’d it. Honestly……I was beyond confused. I’m still confused. I actually had to research Goodreads reviews to realize that this book was about mental illness. I got none of that from the actual book itself. I think I understood like 2 scenes in the entire 17 chapters that I read. I do own this book, but I don’t think it would have been much different than the audiobook for me.
I don’t know….did other people have any issues with this book? It got really good ratings on Goodreads. I’m confused, though. I don’t get it. I don’t enjoy reading or listening to things that just confuse me…..
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.
Their real vice may be each other.
New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content
This DNF made me sad, because I actually thought that this book had a lot of promise. Not to mention that I actually really enjoyed like the first 30% of this book. I was fully intending on rating it like 4 or 5 stars. I think the problem, for me, was that NA books are ultimately very sexy. Don’t lie, that’s why we read them. YA books have to be a little censored due to their age range. NA books, though, have the promise of sex and scandal and uber male hotness. So, the problem was the fact that it focused around a sex addiction and the hot scenes couldn’t really be all that hot. It got really uncomfortable to realize that the main female character was sleeping with thousands of men and….ew.
By the time she shacked up with the main male character in the book, I was just confused. After that, the rest of the book was focused on her trying to squeeze her legs so hard to not cheat on him and him constantly thinking that she was cheating on him and blah blah blah blah blah. And his addiction was almost just as annoying. I’m not putting down the addictions themselves. I understand that they are big deals, and I did like that they were addressed in this book. However, it was a little too much.
The final straw was when two new characters were introduced. I really didn’t understand their presence in the book. I also didn’t like how the book completely changed its feel during the last half and how it took a completely different direction than I anticipated. I was just…..really confused.