Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review: Resentment by Nicole London

Title: Resentment
Author: Nicole London
Publisher: London Books
Pages: 265
Format: E-book
Published: October, 2015
Price: $12.99 -> Rp173.676 (Amazon)
Rating: 4½ / 5 stars

Date started: February 9, 2016 - Date finished: February 10, 2016


The act of hating – no, fucking loathing Dean Collins. (Yes, I’m well aware that’s not the actual definition, but it might as well be . . .)

It’s been ten years since we've seen each other and the feelings are still as strong.

I’m not going to bore you with all the details of how our love was once intoxicating, consuming, and perfect.

Because it was . . . until it wasn't.

I've been fine without him. I haven’t missed his cruelty, his coldness and his spite.

And after the ugliest breakup in the history of breakups, I forced myself to move on.

Year by year, the feelings I had for him slowly drifted away, but one encounter with him recently changed everything. One encounter made me realize how the heart doesn't forget shit, and how my mind is going to have to work overtime to make sure I never forget my definition of resentment.
Dean Collins is the alpha male in high school. Meanwhile, Mia Gray is the not too popular girl in high school. Dean Collins is an adonis, every girl at school want to be his girlfriend but Mia isn't one of those girls. Mia has always avoided any kind of contact with Dean whenever they have a class together Mia always made sure she steps out early so that he won't see her, Mia just doesn't want anything to do with Dean.

One day, Dean was able to talk to Mia. He wanted to return Mia's notebook that was "accidentally" in his hands. It turns out he didn't want to just return the book, he wanted to ask Mia a favor, he wanted her to be his English tutor to raise up his grade point average. At first, Mia didn't want to do it for free because she doesn't want to spend any second with Dean but when money's involved Mia then agreed to do it.

After spending some time tutoring Dean, Mia realized that he is not that bad. They started to develop a relationship because little did she know she likes him and Dean likes her too. At prom, shit happened and they broke up out of the blue and in the worst possible way. That was the day Mia resented Dean. Couple of years went by as they went on a different direction from each other, Mia moved on she even started dating someone else, it didn't work out, but at least she moved on. Turns out having a Harvard degree didn't make her happy, what she really wanted was to be an artist. So, she moved to her brother's condo hoping to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Fate just so happen to intervene then and there and she met the one person she despises the most, Dean Collins, who has become way hotter than he was in high school and now he lives with Mia's brother, which automatically makes him her roommate as well. Filled with hatred from their past relationship both treated each other as if they're sworn enemies. Even though hate fills up Mia's bones every time Dean is mentioned she is still curious as to why Dean broke things off the way he did at prom all those years ago and even if she knew what the real reason was, would she be able to forgive Dean? Cause Mia's pretty sure that her resentment will last forever.
Dean Collins is the most irresistible asshole at Central High School, the sexy star quarterback who's capable of making grown woman swoon.
I haven't been this excited over a contemporary book since Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and My Heart and Other Black Holes. Both of which I gave high ratings. This one was somewhat better than both of those books. Let me tell you why.
”…I always do my best to avoid Dean Collins like the plague: I leave the four classes we take together early, never go to pep rallies to cheer on the team (Dean is the team), and the few times that he’s attempted that “Hey…What’s up?” thing on me, I’ve offered a blank star and walked away.”
First up, I really, really, really love the characters in this book especially both of the main characters. Their chemistry build-up was not instant it was built carefully and truthfully its as if it could've happened in real life, that's how genuine the relationship between the two was. When they loved each other I really felt it (as a reader, not in a creepy stalker-ish kind of way) and when they hated each other I can also feel the tension building up between them. With that being said, I have officially put Nicole London as one of my favorite authors, I will surely read and anticipate her next book(s).
”You can’t build something together for the future without addressing the past.”
Second, the way the story was told is genius. So this story is divided into three parts: Regret, Resentment and Redemption. The Regret part tells us about the start of their relationship in high school and also the bad ending to their teen romance. The Resentment part is the present, which is the height of all their hatred so there's a lot of tension in this chapter, which is why this was my favorite part from the book. Both Regret and Redemption is told in Mia's pov. The last part, which is the Redemption part is different because we also got Dean's pov. I really liked the thought process of the author by writing the story like this.

My only problem was that there was a chapter in Dean's pov that was kind of a repetition so it could've been left out (just sayin'). Although other people didn't really liked it when they find out the real reason of their break up. I find it realistic in terms of what had happened and considering how old they were back then. In the end if you guys are looking for an NA book that can really stir your emotions I suggest you pick this one up. I'm not lying when I'm telling you that it was good!

That's it for now!

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