Monday, March 18, 2013

The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window

I had high expectations for this book because of the reviews that I read on Amazon but I just did not get it. 

CONTAIN SPOILERS so be careful for those who haven't read this
Description from Amazon: 

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.

Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.

Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.

My Thoughts:
It had everything a YA book needed to become successful. A hot boyfriend, older protective brother, absentee mother (from working so much), abusive father, and a lead character that was trying to overcome her fears with touching people because of the abuse she received from her father. BUT and this is a BIG BUT this book was just off, it did not grab my attention and want me to keep reading it and it just wasn't realistic. 

Amber is a teenage girl who was not only physically abused as a child but sexually abused as well, at the hands of her own father. She has an older brother, Jake who protected and loved her fiercely and his best friend Liam did the same but was also completely in love with her since she was six! Amber of course never realized he was in love with her but when he finally tells her, everything just moves so fast. It is a little unbelievable that a girl who was sexually and physically abused as a child could just jump into a relationship with someone and then become active with him in such a short amount of time. She needed counseling from a professional, not just from her boyfriend. Also she would freak out when someone would touch her but it seemed like that only happened when it was convienent to the plot. For example, if Amber is at a party and a guy tries to touch her she freaks out but when she is dancing with people at the studio, she is completely fine with being touched so does she really have a problem being touched?? AND every other guy Amber came in contact with seemed to want to rape her as well and without Liam being there the author made it seem like it probably would have happened. That is just NOT believable!! Not every guy outside of a girl's circle will try and rape her. Then the people in the story just were not realistic, it seemed like every teenager in her school was either attracted to Amber's brother or Liam and all the girls would try to sexually seduce them into their beds. I mean teenage girls and guys are full of hormones but come on really?? Amber's mother works out of the state for her job so she leaves her and Jake alone all the time, for more than three weeks out of the month and I know mom's work but leaving two teenagers home by themselves with no other adult supervision just does not seem plausible, especially since Liam sleeps with Amber in her room every night since he was ten years old and she was eight. I think the author should have made these characters older, then the plot would have been a lot more believable!  

There were just so much I did not like about this book, it took forever for anything to happen that would make me interested, such as her father moving into the same town and having his step-son come to the same school as Amber and Jake. Oh and Amber gets knocked up of course because why wouldn't a 16 year old girl get knocked up after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend that she has been with for only one month??? It was just too predictable. Other than that little bit of drama everything in this book was hearts and flowers, everything was perfect minus the father, and it was almost nauseating how PERFECT Liam was, it was just too much. I know other people complain about the grammar issues with this book and the editing but I am not a grammar nazi so it did not bother me. 

Even though I did not like the book, there were certain aspects I did like. Liam was of course the perfect boyfriend (a little too perfect if you ask me, it was again, unbelievable) but he was sweet, caring, and understanding towards what Amber needed and that was nice. Jake was awesome and such an amazing older brother that I wish I had one that would protect me like he did to Amber. Amber was funny and sarcastic and made me chuckle with some of the things she said so the book wasn't a complete waste. But I will probably never read it again. 

I will give this book 2/5 stars and if you want to check it out yourself, here is the link to Amazon: 

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