I am torn: I loved 98% of this book, but the last 5 pages made me want to throw my Kindle across the room. I can appreciate a good cliffhanger, but FIVE cliffhangers was almost too much. Almost. Thing is – I care about the characters and want to know what happens to FIVE people I learned to love over the course of the book.
Perhaps if I had known that this was a serial series, and I would be left hanging (cough, cough FIVE TIMES, cough), it would have been less upsetting. So I am going to give YOU a heads up – there are FIVE original characters navigating the academic, social and extra-curricular waters of high school.
I loved getting to know Sheridan, Duffy, Jagger, Lily and Vanessa. Fresh storytelling (Chapters are actually private journal entries), original characters, humorous dialogue, realistic – yet unexpected – plots and twists, awesome interaction and overlapping of the players involved… I could not put the book down – until the last few pages. Then I wanted to throw the book away.
Just as soon as the momentum was in full swing, BAM! Dead stop. Want more? Wait 6 months. So like I said at the beginning – I’m torn.
If teens can wait for the next installment, they will enjoy this book. I hope the “instant gratification generation” will care enough about the 5 characters to see what happens, even if it takes til June ’14.
*I received a free copy of The Pretenders from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.
Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.