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Slightly better, but still frustrating
30 de dezembro de 2017
So, I waited until I had read all three books to leave my reviews.
Here goes: honestly, I don't see the appeal this series has. I also don't understand all of the glowing reviews. Sure, there are some interesting characters, but they're not developed to their full potential, so they end up being just one dimensional and boring.
My biggest hangup is how all the trauma was handled. I know people react to the same situation in different ways but being close friends to someone that was in fact continuously raped by someone they trusted, I felt offended with the callous treatment the author gave to Andrew's assault.
It takes years to overcome something like that. And there's no way that he would be making out with someone after only three months. It's disrespectful and offensive.
Also, the descriptions were all very superficial. It felt like the story lacked soul. The premises, as farfetched as it was had some merit and I enjoyed it. But it just felt...flat and heartless.
Neil is still an idiot in this book, in case you were wondering. I refuse to believe that someone that spent two weeks being mercilessly tortured would walk around without some form of protection.
Also, hadn't he asked Matt to teach him how to fight in the second book? Whatever happened to that?
I was so sad I couldn't love this story.
It feels like an anime. Nothing against them, but it just didn't work here.
Also, Andrew is not a sociopath. That means he FEELS things. So how about you show us some of those moments? Huh? It doesn't have to be often, maybe when he and Neil are alone he can be a little less... well, whatever the fuck he is. It just makes it hard to connect with him. Oh, and what's up with all the roughing up of girls? And how is Neil okay with that? After witnessing all the abuse his mother went through trying to escape his father?
That is not okay! I don't care if you promised your brother you'd protect him, you don't lay hands on a girl like that! Actually, you shouldn't lay hands on anyone like that.
I liked Andrew on the second book, but on this one he's just a possessive controlling asshole who doesn't want to let his brother live his own life. It's ridiculous.
And Nicky? Oh man, I already hated him for what he did to Neil in the first book, but here? Don't get me wrong, I'm tight with my cousins but I would never chose them over my friends. Especially if they were asshole like his are. How can he condone then drugging people against their will? And helping??? Sorry, I'm just not over that yet... I can't accept that's okay for anyone. It perpetuates a horrible culture and once more, is offensive to people that have actually been assaulted that way. The fact that it was not addressed with the necessary care pisses me off!
And don't even get me started on the blatant racism! Not all Japanese people are yakuza members people! How about we stop stereotyping huh?
Sorry for the rant. It's just surprising how many people love this story. I get we all have different tastes but at one point I had to stop and ask myself what the hell I was missing? Why wasn't I enjoying this book like everyone else seemed to?
I don't recommend this one. I won't be reading anything else by this author.