Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine


The Secrets of Attraction
by Robin Constantine  
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Published by: Baler + Bray
Published on: April 28, 2015
Pages: 384

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

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.


My Rating: 3 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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I will admit that I read this one purely because I loved the cover. I think it's fantastic.

Cover-lusting aside. I  thought that Constantine's sophomore release was a great, enjoyable read. I think that fans of Katie West will like this one. Her novel didn't explore dark or deep issues like rape or abuse, but neither was it pure fluff. 

The novel follows the character Madison and Jesse. Two very normal teens who for the most part have normal families. They faced normal issues that most teenagers face—heartbreak, disappointment, uncertainty, and a certain amount of teenage angst.

I thought that Constantine's writing was engaging. It never touched anything too deep, but I did like her characters. 

I wished more would have happened in the book. I can't really explain what I mean by that. I just felt like there could have been more drama or more action. However, I did enjoy it. 

Constantine's sophomore novel was a success. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

So why 3 stars? While I did enjoy it, there was nothing in particular that made it stand out. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague references to drinking and sex. I'd recommend for 14+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable realistic contemporary young adult novel. One that's not all fluff but isn't super gritty either. All in all, a fun read. 

Love,

Danica Page

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