Callum & Harper
By: Fisher Amelie
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
From Goodreads: Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.
out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease'
with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on
the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them
So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting
for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle
they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere
else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although
captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated
enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted
upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal
will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a
year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each
other seems like a very viable plan B.
And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.
except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah,
there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love
with the other.
Okay, I have yet to post a "bad" review on my blog, but there's a first for everything.
I REALLY wanted to like this
book. I found it and was so excited by the description and the cover.
But once I attempted to read it, I discovered it wasn't for me at all. I
couldn't even finish it. The characters of Callum and Harper were good
in theory, but fell flat on the page. They were cliche and like some
other reviewers said, Callum came off as girlish. I was unable to
connect to them emotionally, which I found odd because the story should
have been filled with emotion since the two kids are basically homeless.
It felt sugar-coated. Granted, I did only read 16% of the book, but
being thrown out on the streets should leave you pretty freaked out.
Even their "relationship" was plastic to me. There was no depth, just
"Oh, she's pretty." It was "love at first sight". I mean, as the story
goes on I'm sure they got to know one another better, but their
foundation was ridiculous for me.
However, I could have finished
the book with all that. I may would have even rated it 3 stars. But what
really made me unable to endure it was the writing. The author switches
between past/ present constantly, jarring me from the pages of the
story and yanking me right out of the world.
All in all, the idea
of this book is pretty awesome, but it's been poorly executed. I think
that if the author went back and edited some things it could be a 5 star
book. It needs more emotion and for the love of all that is holy, for
her to pick a tense and stick with it.