Flower

Flower

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Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780373211876
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Olsen, Shea - Author

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 05, 2017

I'm not too sure, but I would like to say that this book is probably very relatable for many young teens out there. The protagonist is a young female student who has her entire life planned out (Stanford, Med school, residence, job...) to avoid becoming like her family, which all the women were derived of their lives due to a boy. Sworn off boys, she thought everything would go smoothly. That was all before she met Tate. But is she really willing to push the lines that she set for herself, for a chance at "life"? Reaching out to the hearts of the hopeless romantics, this author wove a tale that teaches sometimes plans are meant to be broken. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

"Flower"... A simple name that is filled with so much potential, yet in this case it seems to have been misused. A once mysteriously short titled book turned out to be a show of cliché-mania. The plot of the story was very typical, just like any other average Teen novel. It seemed very rushed and hard to keep track of, as a new emotion would appear out of nowhere within the main character, Charlotte, whenever I flipped the page. The authors seem to have conveyed the message that a guy with good looks can make you want to let all the future plans you have worked for with dignity and respect go to waste and totally be forgotten about, within the span of a couple of meetings.
It was also extremely difficult to differentiate the climax of the story from the rest of the plot. There would be certain times when I would be waiting for something unique to occur, such as a plot twist that would change the boring path the story was taking. Unfortunately, no such thing ever happened. The romance of the story was dry and cringe-worthy, with no driving force behind it that catches your interest. I had expected more from a novel that had been published in 2017, with new in-depth grey characters instead of the usual black or white characters, a plot line that had layers to it, and real/raw emotions you could actually feel and connect to. However, this book seems to be the exact opposite of what I had hoped for. It was just a 'boy meets girl' plot happening over and over again, without any valid reason. I would only recommend this book to those who enjoy stereotypical plotlines, but other than that, this book should be a definite pass. Star Rating: 1/5 stars
- @moonlite of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Assassin_J_Reader
Mar 15, 2017

Almost every girl's dream, this was a wonderful read and very thrilling. The main character was wonderfully ordinary, allowing readers to relate to her. However, I will admit that Tate was a tad bit hard to understand at times. The beginning of the book was absolutely a page turner, but near the middle, almost to the end, I found myself a bit frustrated with the pace of things and how they were turning out. But at the very last chapter, it was very satisfying and complete.

Good Job!

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Aug 22, 2017

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Mar 15, 2017

Assassin_J_Reader thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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