Sunday, July 29, 2012
Review: Drain You by M. Beth Bloom
Paperback, 400 pages
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen
Description (from Goodreads):
Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences.
Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off.
Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.
But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).
There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.
After first reading the synopsis, Drain You sounds like an interesting debut, with a fun main character and romance. After reading Drain You, I found that the book sort of just fell flat for me.
I had a hard time liking Quinn. At first I thought she was kind of awesome, with her different style and quirky attitude, but as the story progressed, I really stopped liking her. Quinn just wasn't very nice, to her friends, especially them, and to her parents. She had this cold attitude, and that made it hard to relate to her or even tolerate her.
I honestly didn't like James either. From the moment he was introduced, I just thought he was creepy. An example of his creepiness is when he was at her house waiting in the front lawn for her to get home, when he should not even know where she lives, they met like twenty minutes before, that is CREEPY, not charming.
Whit is Quinn's new friend, and James brother. I actually did like Whit, he was kind and actually tried to help Quinn with her friend Libby, not like James, who didn't care, only cared about Quinn.
So overall, Drain You was pretty dull.