***I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM ENTANGLED TEEN IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN!!***
Title: Love Me Never
Original Title: Lovely Vicious
Author: Sara Wolf
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date of Publication:April 5th 2016
Pages: Paperback, 304 pages
Summary: Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.
Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.
All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.
Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.
The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.
I have no idea how to put my emotions into words for this book.
When reflecting on this book, I cannot tell you whether I loved it or disliked it. Honestly, I am leaning more towards loving it. Even though there were times where I was extremely frustrated, this may be my favorite Entangled Teen book. In fact, I am dying for the next book.
The main problem that I had with this book was Isis. She was insane. Despite knowing why she was hurt, I feel like she took her revenge towards Jack way too far. Yes, he was rude to Kayla, your friend that you only knew for a chapter. However, you punching him was enough payback. Even Kayla said Isis was going too far. Her motives to destroy Jack in their petty war were psychotic and would hurt him way worse than he hurt Kayla. Also, she had a weird fixation for Kayla. She continuously attacked Jack because he did not apologize to Kayla. Not to mention, (spoiler) Isis paid Jack $200 to make date her so that Kayla was happy (spoiler end). Finally, she rambled on way too much. Half of the story consisted of whole paragraphs of her saying stuff that made no sense. Half of the time, I skipped through her rambling dialogue.
My next problem was Jack. Jack was the epitome of jackasses. He treated everyone like they were dull and he was full of life. Half of the story consisted of him making fun of people for being themselves. He said everyone was boring when, in reality, he never gave anyone a chance. He was a moody, stuck up jerk who needed to be put off his extremely high pedestal.
Finally, parts of the plot were put together sloppily. I feel like the ending came rushed and random. I know, it was supposed to be a “major plot twist” but it felt like it was not needed in the story. If the author wanted to make the event more logical in the story then she should’ve foreshadowed it.
I did enjoy the relationship with Isis and Jack once they became less annoying. I like how Jack changed when Isis arrived in his life. The whole development of Jack created the basis of their relationship. The scene with Jack and Isis at the Halloween party made me want to scream. I had so many emotions!
Another aspect of the book that I liked was how captivating the plot was. I could not put the book down. I spent three days with it attached to me at all times. The story was fast paced and extremely captivating. The writing style was beautiful and intriguing. WHERE IS BOOK TWO?!
Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you had noticed, the faults were small and affected my view of the story barely. I am so happy that Entangled Teen sent me this amazing series starter.