26 Feb 2018

Review: My Unexpected

'' Love does not happen so easily, particularly for me. I don't believe that a person can fall for someone so quickly, that's nonsense! ''


From Goodreads:
Falling for someone can be so easy: you do it.
You don't think about it rationally.
You think with your heart.
But, sometimes there is a big gap between what you want to happen and the reality: destiny plays with your life making things harder.
Maggie Reynolds is a college girl. She never thought she could fall in love.
The idea that someone could actually see her like a potential girlfriend started to fade in her mind.
She is quite shy, the girl who doesn't want attention upon her.
Logan O'Connor is a boy that is trying to make a dream come true.
He wants to be a pilot. He is bold, attractive and makes all the girls swoon.
Their meeting is funny and unpredictable.
Probably it's from that very moment that their lives will change forever.
The 'unexpected' is right around the corner, and you can never be prepared. Especially if it is about love.

Girl meets boy. They fall in love. The strength of their relationship is tested. Will they stick through it all or walk away from each other?

Maggie is a really insecure main character. She talks a lot about accepting her faults in the beginning but also talks about changing herself for the better. She is shy, not wanting to draw attention to herself at all. Later in the book, she remains a little passive, even if she says she is going to be more courageous.

Logan, on the other hand, is the textbook example of an arrogant male lead that is created solely to appeal to the female lead. He wants to be a pilot (and becomes one) and is everything we swoon over in book-boyfriends. To me, it felt like more thought had gone into the creation of Logan than Maggie. When those two a put side by side for comparison, Logan has more complexity to him.

The thing that put me off a lot in My Unexpected was the writing style. In some parts the writing felt almost forced, the text more telling me to see and feel something instead of showing. Most of the book was in decent writing but some parts were almost cringe-worthy. There weren't huge time-skips in the plot but there were a few scenes where the story cut corners a bit. The story took the shortest way from 'A' to 'D' when it should've gone through at least 'B' and 'C'. It would give the reader more to chew on. Especially, in a few (can I say major) plot-twists where the scene obviously was rushed. A good few rounds of editing could make a whole lot of difference.

I really wanted to like this book. I can't help myself with 'girl meets boy and they fall in love' - stories. There is just something about them. Unfortunately, this one just did not reach as high as it could have.

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