Book Review: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Release Date: September 1, 2012
Age Group: Mature YA
Source: Purchased

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I loved the story and the plot. I stayed up late reading, because I had to know how things were going to end. I loved the way McAdams writes emotions and her character development, but I had some major problems with the book. By the last third of the story, I was just skimming the pages, to know how things were going to end up.  I was emotionally 'done' with the story, because there were huge inconsistencies throughout the story which really detracted from my enjoyment of the writing. 

First, McAdams mixes the past and present tense, sometimes in the same sentence, which was really distracting for me. Second, the labor and delivery part of the story was really unrealistic. Especially the part where Harper's stomach is totally flat ONE WEEK after giving birth. I don't care if she was a teenage mom, that is totally unrealistic and happens to no one. Thirdly, the length of the baby was inappropriate. 14" long for what the characters repeatedly referred to as a 'big' baby? That is just unreal. 14" long is a preemie, not a 'big baby.' Lastly, the conflict resolution was just too neat. It was also unrealistic. Things were just wrapped up way too easily and neatly to feel real to me.

Overall, I would not recommend this book. I liked some things about it, but the problems I had are keeping me from recommending this one.  I can't even say that I'm glad I read it.  I definitely wish I hadn't bought it. 

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