Review: More than This by Jay McLean

Donnerstag, 15. Mai 2014

More than This by Jay McLean
Published: August 20th 2013
Number of pages: 318 (paperback) 
Series: Yes, #1 

In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun. This is my story of friendship and love, heartbreak and desire, and the strength to show weakness.
One night I met a girl. A sad and broken girl, but one more beautiful than any other. She laughed through her sadness, while I loved through her heartbreak.
*This is our story of a maybe ever after.*
He was right. It made no difference whether it was 6 months or 6 years.
I couldn’t undo what had been done. I couldn’t change the future.
I couldn’t even predict it.
It was one night.
One night when everything changed.
It was so much more than just the betrayal.
It was the Tragedy. 
The Deaths. 
The Murders.
But it was also that feeling.
The feeling of falling.
 **Mature Reader Advised. Language and Sexual content.** (goodreads)

“When they reach us, they each do that weird, bro code, handshake, fist bump, shoulder slap, half hug greeting”

   This book. No, but seriously, this book.
   When I first saw it on GoodReads, I got really interested in it. Partially because of the cover. So, shortly thereafter I jumped over to amazon and ordered it. 3 days later it got delivered and I dived into it, after finishing the last book in the Vampire Academy-Series. And, in all honesty, I finished reading it within less than 24 hours. I mean, it’s not really long but the beginning was just really funny and I couldn’t stop reading.
   So, the story is very simple and, again, quite unrealistic, but that’s all right. It’s a nice contemporary and thus doesn’t have to be realistic. The beginning is straight out hilarious. I was constantly laughing, so much I’m sure my mom thinks I’m crazy. Sometimes around 30-40% in, I was sure that if it stays this way, I will surely give it 5 Stars because it was just what I expected and it was just what I needed.
   BUT, somewhere around 60-65% in, I started to slowly change my mind. By the time I was done, I was FAR away from giving it 5 Stars. I’m sorry. The situation between Mikayla and Jack got so frustrating, annoying and ridiculous that I was about to put the book down and not finish it, because it ruined the awesomeness of the first half of the book. And I must say, I find it very sad that it somehow went so downhill. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, or maybe there are more people who think that way, but at some point I was just like “People, just get your shit together or just split up finally!”

   Mikayla is a very funny and likable character and I really felt sorry for her and what she had to go through. Sometimes her reactions to certain things were a little bit weird and her logic was just so far off in the second half of the book, it was simply frustrating. Well, maybe that was the whole point. I don’t know.
   Jack, well, he was a very gentleman like character. Very funny, loving and simply not real. I mean, in the real world there are just no men who would be just this loving and caring, especially not toward a girl they just met. But, maybe that’s exactly why I liked him, and everybody else likes him. But, also he had a few moments where his reactions to certain things were just extremely weird and exaggerated to a point where it was also scary. Like, his jealousy was just WAY over the top.

   Anyways, something that also annoyed me a little, was the fact that the book has no page numbers. I don’t know, maybe that’s just my copy or maybe it was made that was on purpose, however it might be, I found it really annoying.
   I really like the cover. I like the color scheme and the softness of it. It fits the story nicely and it was definitely the first thing that drew me towards buying it. Another thing that stood out were all the references to music, like Justin Bieber or One Direction, but also to books – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, which I love as you guys know. This was something that I have not seen so often yet, and thus I found it really nice and it was used in a very comical way. Especially the version of J. Biebers “Baby” that her father, I believe, sang on page two of the first chapter. I immediately had to read it to a friend of mine, and so share the laughs with her.

   All in all, the book is funny and a nice, light read. The first half is really amazing, funny and cute, but the second half kind of killed it for me. If you are looking out to read something light, like a nice summer contemporary, then this is definitely a book for you. 

“Apparently some new Nicholas Sparks movie is being filmed here, and that ‘Zac Teflon’ boy from the high school movies is in town.”

I give More than This by Jay McLean 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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