Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

The End of Feeling
by Cindy C.  Bennett
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Published by: Creative Prose Publishing
Published on: March 31, 2014
Pages: 277

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.

Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the fa├žade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

The Characters: Benjamin was a character that surprisingly I could relate to. He was stupid and totally used girls and was kind of an idiot, but all in a justifiable way. He had told himself he needed to be past feeling to survive and so that's what he did. He didn't let himself feel the pain of being abandoned, the pain of what his dad did, or the pain he inflicted on others. He just survived. Until he finally got rejected by Charlie and became her friend.

Charlie was a character that I could also relate to. Like Benjamin she faced hard challenges. She also was stupid at times, but in an understandable way. She was intriguing and I liked her as a character.

The secondary characters could maybe have been more developed, but all things considered, they were fairly well-developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed the novel. I thought that certain aspects could have been more developed and I thought the ending could have been provided more closure. However, I enjoyed the writing and the characters.

The book proved to be both intriguing and original. This is a book that I would definitely recommend for fans of young adult novels that explore hard family issues that aren't talking about rape or sexual abuse. I like those novels, but every now and then it's nice to read one that's a little different.

It was a good novel and I will definitely read more by the author. 

So why 4 stars? It was good, but I felt like it could have provided more closure. It wasn't quite good enough to be a 5. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. This novel is quite clean. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read about self-discovery and first love that is thoroughly enjoyable. 

Love,

Danica Page

4 comments:

  1. Hmm. I've honestly never heard of this before. But it sounds really good! So glad to see you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and yeah I really did enjoy it.

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  2. I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds interesting! Great review! :)
    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor

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    1. It was really good. Thanks for stopping by.

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