This book was the quintessential beach read. Honestly it was the kind of light book that you sometimes NEED during vacation, and it didn't disappoint. While it had a predictable and somewhat cliche plot, the backstory more then made up for it. Q is a likeable girl who (like me) loves England, and needs to make cash in order to go. Her relationships with her parents are complex (what with her gambler of a dad) and in many ways she is a fully developed character. Then in comes Wesley who "ruined" her life a while ago, who is stirring some new feelings in her. In my opinion it was stupid that she blamed him for the divorce of her parents. Like really Q? You really thought that he was the one to reveal to your mom that your dad lost his job? How dumb and naive can you be? But whatever. Wes is SUPER hot, and his reporte with Q is extremely cute, something that really drives the book forward. Their love/hate relationship is super fun and cute to watch, and it was perfect to lazily read on a summer day, outdoors with a lemonade in hand!
Wesley James Ruined My Life is very short and to the point. It's an easy read and hard to put down, but there were a few flaws within the writing.
The author's writing, or Quinn's thoughts, were very repetitive. Quinn kept saying over and over again, 'this and this only happened because of Wesley James'. She blamed him for everything even though clearly none of the problems were his fault. She was very immature which does not portray her age very accurately (she's in her senior year). Although, this repetitive thinking could also show how deep Quinn is stuck in the past, and how she really never got over her parents divorce. It was better to blame Wes for everything going wrong in her life instead of face the truth of what actually happened.
There was also another factor that didn't really add up: Quinn's coworker Amy. I don't want to spoil anything, but something goes down with Amy that really comes from out of the blue. It was plausible of course, but it just seemed like the author wanted a plot twist and a way for Quinn to look good, so she threw that in there. There wasn't even support throughout the novel, so it felt random.
Overall, I would recommend Wesley James Ruined MY Life, but more for a discussion topic than for its content.
Recommended if you are looking for: a fast paced, short and easy read.
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