Book Review: The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
12 September, 2014
Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Published: September 1st 2014 Pages: 272 Format: Hardback Source:: ARC Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD
Summary: Rose is the wild girl nobody really knows. Chase is haunted by his past. Both are self-proclaimed “disappointments,” attracted to each other enough to let down their defenses. When Rose’s strict, adoptive parents forbid the relationship it only makes things more intense. But Chase can’t hide from his own personal demons, and Rose has secrets of her own. After they’re wrenched apart, a cryptic email arrives in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, beginning a desperate pursuit and a look back over their tumultuous romance. Will they find each other before the night is over, or will they be torn apart forever?
I saw this book at BEA and picked it up because it looked interesting but I had no actual expectations of the book. Unfortunately this book was not a very good book. I very nearly DNF’d (Did not Finish) this book but essentially decided to continue so that I could have my questions answered. However, irritatingly, the ending was just as disappointing and horrific as the rest of the book had been and my questions were not answered. Needless to say, I really struggled to read this book and would struggle to recommend it.
The biggest problem I had with this book was how unrealistic it was. There were certain things that felt just right and so many other things that were so incredibly wrong. One of the biggest issues for me though was the use of a cat. One of the characters finds a stray and carries it home… under her top. She then keeps the cat in her room… without her parents realising because cats are easy, dumb, and quiet… aha… yeah… or not! As a cat owner and lover this really pulled me out of the story and I found it too difficult not to notice all of the other flaws layering this book. I feel a little more research could really have benefited this book.
Possibly the only redeeming feature of this book were the characters. They were all in-depth and well thought-out. This is due to the author’s background as a pschyologist. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters properly but I did like Daniel. He had a lot of pressures going on at home and I liked how protective he was of his sister. I also liked how he eventually was around his dad. All the characters were very different and I think they worked well together.
This book was not an enjoyable book for me. While there was an addictive and curious feel to the book, it simply wasn’t good enough to make this book good. It was a book that did have potential but it simply flopped, in my opinion. The only interesting part of this story was the characters but they didn’t make up for the terrible plot and unrealistic situations, unfortunately. I really wouldn’t be able to recommend this book but I would be curious to hear from anyone else who has read it?
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **