Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on January 4th 2016
After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?
Why I Read It: The description sounded intriguing and I liked the ‘almost but not quite right’ feel it gave.
Rating: DNF at 50%
So here’s the thing: I was really excited to read this book. Like, ridiculously excited. And then I started reading it, and it was like all of my hopes and dreams shattered at once.
Okay, it wasn’t quite that dramatic. But I was still very disappointed to find out that I didn’t like the main character, Amanda. Some people can keep going in spite this, and others even prefer “unlikable” main characters. I do not. I found Amanda to be in general a very negative and draining personality, and her clinginess to her ex-boyfriend Patrick annoyed me so much I eventually stopped reading. Did she feel like a real person? Yes. Did she feel like someone I wanted to smack over the head? Definitely. But mostly, she just felt like someone I wanted to roll my eyes at and walk away from.
Although many books suffer from telling the story instead of showing the story, there are usually enough positive factors to outweigh it. The History Major did not have enough “good stuff” to borrow from, and it showed. In addition to this, the overly descriptive sentences made reading the book feel more like a chore than something pleasurable.
With all of that negativity, I was very much looking forward to learning more about this ‘almost but not quite right’ vibe the description promised. Unfortunately, my dislike of Amanda and the overly descriptive sentences overshadowed that vibe, and I didn’t get to experience the book as much as I would have liked.
All in all, I would recommend this book if you like kind of creepy stories with unlikable protagonists and extremely descriptive text, but otherwise, I would have to say hard pass.
Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,