Any Red-Blooded Girl by Maggie Bloom

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Hello readers; for this review I delved into the depths of my Kindle and the books that I downloaded when I realised that you could get books for free. Yesssssss. However, it doesn’t mean that they are all worth the time even though you don’t pay a penny for them. As a dutiful blogger it’s sad to say I really wouldn’t recommend this book, but will give it a little review any way.

The last thing fifteen-year-old Flora Fontain wants to do is spend her summer vacation stuck in a tent with her overprotective parents and angst-ridden brother, especially when she should be in Europe with her best friend Jessie—sipping espresso, posing for cutesy tourist pics, and hunting for hot Italian (or French, or maybe even English) stud-muffins.

But since her parents trust her about as much as they trust a cat burglar at the moment, Flora has no choice but to suffer through the boyfriend-less summer of her discontent from the back of a rented SUV, until…fate tosses a sexy, sophisticated gypsy boy into her path, making Flora wonder if destiny might know best after all. That is until destiny screws up, big time. Because just as Flora falls head over heels, an unexpected turn of events threatens to land her in the slammer—or worse, separate her from the man of her dreams.

I’m not going to spend time rewriting the blurb because it’s all in there really but honestly, and I wouldn’t say it unless it was, this book was pretty awful. I thought the cover was really eye-catching but what’s inside really didn’t deliver. The characters are watery; Flora is exhausting she’s stroppy, whiny and tirelessly rude to her parents. Mick was soppy and mushy and too goddamn sensitive. It’s confusing because the author is selling him as this dangerous character, which he is, but the two sides of his character are just too detached.

The plot, summer romance between two very different personalities, not allowed by parents etc, although stereotypical isn’t inherently awful but here it is so over-done. Flora and Mick adore one another after little over a day and their constant sneaking off to meet one another gets very tedious very quickly. Maybe I’m getting a little old and cynical in my old age but I couldn’t help myself thinking – get a goddamn grip. What also caused an issue for me were the themes that were discussed. Although the writing and the plot is very much 11+ parts of the relationship are a little too old for that age group and it just didn’t settle right with me.

If I’m completely honest with you this book made me angry because it’s lazy writing. I know writing books is struggle and I am in awe of the numerous authors who tirelessly work to bring out fantastic fictional tales and yet 764 people (including myself) have read this terrible book when we could be reading tens of books that are hundreds of times better. Please don’t be another to add a review to this frankly inappropriate and exhausting tale. Sorry but it has to be said.

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