Friday, July 26, 2013

Bent by H.B. Heinzer

I received this book to be spotlighted on my blog and to review it.. 
I also get to cast the members of the book so hmmmm lets have some fun with this....

If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.
It doesn't take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.
Is following her dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?(

My Thoughts

So what should I start with in this review.. The good or the bad???

Well, call me crazy but I like to start with the bad news before getting to the good stuff, its like picking a scab or ripping off a band-aid.. painful at first but then it starts to feel better, even soothing...

So here it goes..

The dialogue was hard to follow at times, the book started off really strong but eventually it got to be confusing on who was exactly trying to "speak", I think this book probably would have been told better in first person with alternating POV chapters or just have one "voice". But thats just my opinion, you may find you like the way the book is told and thats cool too but for me it felt off and at times I was shaking my head and re-reading to make sure I didn't miss anything. 

We also don't get a really good understanding of any of the characters. 
Julia was an ok character at first but she was also very wishy-washy and drove me a little crazy at times because of how back and forth she was. One minute she was literally saying that it was a bad idea to do something and that very same second doing what she just said she wasn't going to do at the same time she was thinking to not do it.. It got to be frustrating.. 
Also, we don't get enough information about her. Julia had a failed marriage but we never knew what exactly happened, the author eluded to it but never went into details, her mom left her but we never knew why, she had a father but never said what happened to him and where he was now, the book said her and Caleb were close but they only had two conversations together, it seemed like, before she was leaving for NY so how were they THAT close to where she was the only person he would open up too??! The details just seemed to be missing for me and I couldn't connect 100% with the characters

The ending... 
I won't ruin it for anyone who wants to read the book but the ending just wasn't for me, there was so much back and forth and I am happy Julia made a decision because it was driving me crazy but the way the decision happened made me go 
"uhhh what??, really.. thats how it is going to end??"  

Ok Ok I hate giving bad reviews and this book wasn't all bad, not by a long shot but I needed to get my thoughts out there and like I said I just wanted to rip the band-aid off and give the bad part first 
Now on to the good stuff....
I might not have connected to the characters like I had hoped but I did get the butterflies whoring around in my belly when the main characters were around each other. 
There was something magnetic with them that was really sweet, frustrating, but sweet. Their romance was all over the place but it was interesting to see them building on something that was broken before. 
First love coming back together after being shattered, it was nice to think about. I liked Micah, he seemed very wholesome, boy next door, and when he loved he loved with his whole heart, without turning back. 
The setting was sweet, I am a sucker for small town living because I lived in a big city my whole life so small towns seem charming to me. All you small town folks don't roll your eyes at me you know its nice too ;)..
I liked the best friend Annie because she told it how it was and everyone needs a friend that will tell you where to go and how to do it even if you don't want to hear it. I have three friends like that who are all bitches but I love them so hard!! 
The banter back and forth from all the characters was funny, sweet, and most importantly..entertaining to read, it was probably the best part that kept me reading and silently chuckling to myself with all the sarcasm, cursing, and explosive mouth diarrhea that happened. 
The overall story might have been a bit rough but it was enjoyable, the overall message about second chance love is there and strong. 
We all remember our first loves but what happens when there could possibly be a second chance at being with them? Would you want to see where it took you? Or will it be too much pain to get over and get you in the right place to start over??.. 
This book tackles that and it is made believable...

It was cute and made me smile

Now if I were to cast the two main characters who would it be.... 

I would say that Chris Pine would make an excellent Micah, 
he has that brown hair and strong jaw that you would want to LICK from ear to ear... 
ok maybe thats just me but ummm YUMMM

And Julia has that girl next door thing going but she is also a little jaded from what happened in the past so I feel that Reese Witherspoon would make an excellent Julia!! 


I really should be a casting agent.. 
I could have casted the shit out of Twilight and got actors who could ummmm actually ACT!! 


I give this book a 3/5 and if you want to check it out the links are below

About the Author

With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life.
Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.

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