Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: The Single Game by Amanda Black

Amanda Black
The Single Game
(The Apartment Novels, #3)  
by Amanda Black 
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.86
Published by: Full Fathom Five Digital 
Published on: July 15, 2015
Pages: 288

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

When Eden Foster’s parents tell her they’re moving from Chicago to the Illinois suburb of Aledo, Eden is crushed. That is, until she runs crying to her jock boyfriend, who she finds on top of her so-called best friend. Moving’s not looking so bad anymore.

Now a senior at Mercer County High, Eden is ready to re-enter the dating scene. Still burned over the betrayal of her ex, she’s looking for someone sweet and innocent. With the help of her two new friends, Zoe and Amy, Eden makes a list of what she’s looking for: an eager virgin, ready for training—and no jocks.

Eden thinks she’s found what she’s looking for in Logan Black, a shy and geeky classmate. But why are Zoe and Amy convinced that the answer to her search is a party game…with kissing?

Eden better get ready, because she’s about to play the Single Game.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy 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.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It was on Netgalley, so I thought why not. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  First off, I didn't realize this was the third in the series. Having said that, I wasn't lost in the novel. I really thought it could have been the first in the series. 

I went into this one without high expectations. I figured it would be an average, fun, and cute read. That's what I got.

Eden was ticked when her parents told her that they were moving her senior year, but when she found her best friend had cheated on her with her boyfriend, suddenly she wasn't so upset about moving. She wrote off guys completely until she decided to give Logan a shot.

The plot is one we've all read about or seen in movies. I can think of about ten books/movies with this plot. About 7 of them I liked significantly more than this one.

However, having said that, I did enjoy the novel. It was fun and an easy read. The novel had unexpected humor at times. 

It's definitely meant for an older audience. It's young adult in nature but new adult in content. 

The Characters: I thought they could have been more complex. They seemed a little bit flat and fit into stereotypes. However, I did enjoy reading about them. 

Major Strengths: Unexpected instances of humor. 

Major Weaknesses: Same old plot we've read a million times. 

So why 3 stars? It lacked the depth to make it really stand out from the pack. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, see previous comments. It reads as a standalone novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For more mature audiences, 17+ for strong language and sexual references. 

The Wrap-up: 

Love,

Danica Page

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