Book Review: Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling

33288422.jpgTitle: Making Bad Choices
Author: Rita Stradling
Publisher: Self-published
Pub Date: January 10, 2017
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: N/A
Source: NetGalley
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn’t bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad’s house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to… something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn’t just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.

My review:

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This has no bearing on my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve make a lot of bad decisions but reading this book is not one of them.

Here’s the thing: This is not a literary classic, so you should not go into this book expecting it to be one. I’ve come to categorize books like this as guilty pleasures. This book isn’t going to teach me any important life lessons but it will keep me entertained for a few hours. It’s fluffy, it’s smutty, and it has all the typical angst and excitement that comes with forbidden love.

If you take this book for what it is, you will find that it is written far better than other books in this genre. The tropes and high school drama are inevitable, but solid writing can carry even the the most cliché of stories.

On another note, I really appreciated the family dynamics in this book. I loved the relationship between Cassie and her mother, despite the fact that we only get a brief glimpse of it. They spoke to each other in the same way my mother and I do and I love that. Speaking of relationships, Cassie experiences no shortage of dysfunction in her family but it’s very clear that they all love each other very much (whether they share the same blood or not). That was kind of refreshing. I also liked the standard quirky characters and hated the typical high school snobs, so no surprise there. The characters aren’t very complex but you will root for them (the good ones, obviously).

In any case, this is definitely one of the better New Adult romances I’ve read in months. I’m genuinely surprised. And impressed. If you’re into that slow-burn, can’t-love-you-but-I-do kind of romance, then this book is for you.

Final thoughts: Culter Fuller’s name might give you a migraine but it won’t stop you from enjoying this book! I read this book in one sitting and forgot all about my migraine.

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