*I was given an advanced reader’s copy of this book for an honest review.
Full Share by Eliza Freed
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Price: $3.99 (Kindle Edition); $14.99 (Paperback)
Review: The first time I read the synopsis for this book I thought that I would love it. It had everything that I like in a good book, so I figured I’d read right through it. But, sadly, I was wrong because after reading the first couple chapters, it became clear that this book wasn’t for me.
I’m going to be honest and let you know that I couldn’t complete this book (I got half way through chapter 11). I tried to, but nothing I read seemed authentic.
The main thing that killed this book for me was Nora Hargrove, the female lead. I just couldn’t relate to her character and a lot of the things that happened that involved her didn’t make sense. For example, her personality was extremely dull. From what I can understand, all she did was go to work, go to the beach house, and, occasionally, visit Rufus (which I thought was sweet of her). She barely talked because she felt more comfortable being alone, so how could she draw so much attention from guys? I just didn’t get it. It seemed like every guy she came into contact with was instantly drawn to her. How was that possible when she barely talked? I would’ve understood if they were only interested in her because of her looks, but these guys were in it for the long haul.
Nora was staying in a shore house with sixteen other people for the summer because she didn’t want to stay with her parents. A couple of years ago, an incident involving her mother happened and Nora didn’t know how to handle it so she distanced herself from her parents. I understood why she didn’t want to be around her mother, but what about her father? He didn’t do anything wrong, so why cut him off?
Also, what was up with the constant references to sex? Her coworker, Ricky, was constantly begging her to have sex with him. I get it, she’s attractive and he’s obviously attracted to her, but all they talked about was sex and Nora actually said that she liked it because it kept her grounded. How could someone constantly begging you for sex keep you grounded? That would annoy the crap out of me. I would probably file for sexual harassment after the second (maybe third) no.
The romance was another thing that I didn’t buy into. There were two guys that Nora was interested in, but because one was already in a relationship, she was only able to be with one. But, in my opinion, there was no connection between her and the guy that she was with. They met, talked a couple times and all of a sudden they’re meant to be together? To me, it seemed like the author just threw Nora and this guy together and tried to force a love connection. It didn’t ring true.
Overall, I didn’t really care for this book, so I can’t recommend it.
I know that all this probably would’ve worked itself out if I’d kept reading, but I couldn’t do it and I’m ok with that.
However, I am really bummed that I couldn’t finish it because I was really looking forward to seeing Nora (and her friends) grow and become more comfortable with life. I also would have loved to have seen her make up with her parents. That incident was still haunting her and I would have loved to have seen her move on from it.
Maybe, one day, I’ll work myself up to reading the rest of this book, but, until then, I’m going to put this one aside.
If you guys purchase Full Share let me know what you thought of it. I’m curious to know what you all think, so I’d love to hear from you.