Friday, 28 November 2014

Review of Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

The bit on the back…

You're not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn't prepared for how much of a jerk he'd be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn't want to be here.

I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.

But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. But things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Then, just as quickly as he'd come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I'd seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I'd have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.


I had read one other book that had a similar sounding story line to this so that was the initial attraction however after reading some of the reviews, which were quite mixed, I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

The story is about Greta and her step brother Elec.

A disappointing read to say the least. It is almost completely forgettable – I had to go and look up the MC’s name – and just completely immature.

The narrative is very young and this is emphasised by the language – one example “tongue kissed” (I mean seriously) – the characters are only 18 but I mean come on, surely if this is an attempt at a new adult novel we could actually have some more mature vocabulary?

Reading some of the 5 star reviews it feels as if I’ve read another book completely. There are parts of the plot that seemed integral but were glossed over and I found myself glazing over. I skim read through the last quarter of this at least because it became more and more implausible.

The relationship between the characters is yo-yo at best and I don’t actually understand how it could go from being so “passionate” to nothingness – we live in the 21st century long distance relationships last! Cheating on girlfriends and skipping out on funerals to go and live it up in a casino are just examples of the ridiculous tangents that this story went off on.


Sorry not for me – wouldn’t recommend it.

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