I think one of the biggest themes in this story is the romance, so ill start there. I found Levi to be quite interesting. Def not what i would call book boyfriend, but he seemed to fit Cath well. I liked Nick too and thought that he fit Cath well too…until he proved to be a crappy person. One thing that seemed really awkward was Cath’s reluctance to get closer to Levi. I mean i can def appreciate abstinence but that’s not the same as being affectionate and generally a warm person. Cath kind of reminds me of a freezer. She actually kind of reminds me of someone who may have past sexual trauma or the sort. I guess it was supposed to demonstrate her reluctance as a virgin and the aftermath of her mother’s abandonment…but i think it was taken too far. I think some teenagers have communication difficulties as well as low confidence. In relationships, they should feel confident in just saying “no, i dont want sex” or “i dont want to do this if it leads to sex” or whatever they feel.
Another theme that was quite big in this book was family and redemption. Cath’s mom left when she was younger. This caused a ripple affect for the family, especially the dad, who had some sort of mental disorder or something that caused him to go a little crazy…it wasn’t specifically labeled but it caused a rift in the family, along with their Mother’s abandonment. Cath’s twin Wren has also a few issues, though they were pretty much the opposite of Cath’s. The whole idea of family healing is very positive and a great message.
One thing that slightly annoyed me about the story was the writing. I think it could use an editor. I really dislike third person and this book reminds me why. One example would be with dialog. If two females are talking and then the author says she or her, its not always clear which female the author means…which slows down the reading. Also, with 3rd person, the author has to constantly say peoples name to distinguish them…it’s slightly annoying. Despite this though, i really enjoyed the story.