Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Julie Anne Lindsey's "Deceived"

I received a digital ARC of this book, "Deceived," by Julie Anne Lindsey, via Netgalley. From Goodreads:

When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.

So sounds pretty good, right? It was okay but I had some problems with it. My biggest problem was that the book was really confusing and it was hard to say what was happening. It occurs to me that it's probably that way so you can sense what it's like to be Elle - confused and scared - but I'm not sure it was done amazingly well. For instance, there's a guy (of course there is) and at some point she asks him how old he is, but she instantly regrets having asked this seemingly silly question. Elle's father is seemingly overprotective and dismissive of her at the same time. Elle is scared and miserable at her school, but when her dad offers to take her out, she's suddenly insistent that she wants to stay, and she's happy to remain, even though she's pretty sure she's being stalked. She comes to think maybe the hottie is her stalker, but if he's not, she's pretty sure he's great and they're meant to be.

Also, Elle and her friend, Pixie, pass notes, but the notes are typed up as dialogue in quotation marks, and it's pretty confusing. Some scene transitions are missing or aren't done well enough to be obvious. At one point Elle is at the library and I have no idea how she got there - she hadn't even said she was going?

Favorite quote:

"Boldness and I weren't close."

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