Monday, November 26, 2012

Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd Book Blog Tour

Today I'm participating in the Stalk Me tour, my stop will be featuring a review of this book. Huge thank you to AToMR Tours for putting it together and letting me join in on all the fun.

Title: Stalk Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Published: September 1st, 2012 by Bandit Publishing
Book rating: 4 stars
Cover rating: 3 stars
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.
An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Can you say you have a love hate relationship with a book? You know that kind of relationship where half the time you just want to punch the person or in this case the book in the face and the other half you just want to jump on top of it and make out. That's the best way to describe how I feel about this book.  

The book starts out with Keatyn telling us all about how confused and torn she is about her life. She complains a lot about how Sander, her first boyfriend in the book, isn't having sex with her but everyone thinks they are. She complains about how she wished she was popular and had the hottest boyfriend before high school started and now that she has it, she isn't sure about it. She complains about a lot in the beginning of this book and let me tell you after the first few chapters I was so, so close to putting this book down because all of this teenage angst and these silly teenage problems she worries about do not interest me in real life so they definitely don't interest me in a book but I wanted to know what happened so I pushed through and I honestly am glad I did. Keatyn ends up having a total of four different love interests in this book and I feel like talking about them all. So I'm going to review this book a bit differently.

Sander (the first boy) - Sander was my least favorite of the boys and that may have to do with how we don't really get to know him but that's okay. Keatyn wanted to break up with Sander because for one, everytime they went to a party he would get completely wasted. Second, he wouldn't sleep with her yet he bragged to all of his friends they did. Honestly I saw the big 'surprise' from their relationship from the beginning and I think anyone with an imagination can figure it out eventually. All I have to say is, I'm sorry Keatyn and I'm proud of how you handled it. Sander was a good friend whenever he popped up throughout the book and he really was a good friend to Keatyn.

Brooklyn (childhood love) - Brooklyn is definitely swoon worthy, minus his weed smoking habits. He's a total hotty and he surfs like a pro, what's not to love? Whenever Keatyn and Brooklyn become more than just friends it just didn't feel all that right to me. They never had an official title and whenever Keatyn would bring it up Brooklyn would mention something about them being 'chill' and how he loved her. Honestly, they just weren't right for each other. Keatyn has an obsession with labeling everything and Brooklyn is more of a go with the flow guy but I really did love their friendship. They had their ups and downs but they still made it to the end and came out as friends, sort of. 

Cush (the pervy secret admirer) - I honestly don't know how exactly to explain Cush. He's that guy who is a total man whore but is secretly in love with that one girl. That one girl just happens to be Keatyn. I loved Cush, he was really hot/swoon worthy for one and he loved Keatyn for all of her and not just parts of her. I like how he always made sure to compliment her and try and show an interest in her love for fashion/makeup/etc. At points I felt like their relationship was a sort of beautiful disaster, you want them to work out even though they can be a little toxic for each other. What happens to them in Stalk Me had me wanting to cry, I need more of Cush and Keatyn's relationship. I need to know what happens!!

Aiden (the swoon worthy player disguised as a hopeless romantic) - We didn't get to see a whole lot of Aiden but I read enough to fall in love with the guy myself. Everyone claims he's a total player and he even admits it. Apparently he's secretly a hopeless romantic and is searching for the one, when he decides you're not the one he doesn't want to waste anymore time with you so he just moves on to the next one. Okay for one I get where he's coming from but that is a little messed up, lol. I love how he always got so flustered and shy like a little boy when Keatyn came around, it was adorable. I also really love how he calls her 'boots', a special nickname just for her. I can say with pride that I am Team Aiden with this series and I'm so excited to see more of Aiden and Keatyn and find out what happens with them. 

The plot of this story was decent enough. I definitely felt like it started off kind of slow but I did figure out what was going on and when it finally picked up I couldn't put it down. Even though Stalk Me wasn't my favorite book I enjoyed it enough to read Kiss Me because I'm interested to see what happens to all of the characters and Keatyn. I recommend this book to people who enjoy teen angst, or even people who don't that just enjoy a love story or four. 

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