Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Book Review: Not Your Average Joe by Nell Carson
NOTE: I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Clean, fast-paced and light is how I can sum up this NA novel. Truth be told, I love clean NA novels. The other kind is jut too intimate and personal and not my type of read. Most of the time.
Anyway, the story was quite simple. Girl met boy and fell in love. He knocked her up and ditched her. She told him nothing about the baby. They met again after years but he didn't even recognize her.
And that's how the story begins.
Jennifer had a hard time dealing with her new status of a teenage mom with nowhere to go to and no one to get help from. But she made it through. Now she has a job that supports her and her son and she's about to make it through college. Now that's a good definition of a hardworking, independent woman, who knows what she's capable of. it's sad though that there is even a need to be like that.I mean, the best case scenario is almost always a family where there is a mom and a dad. But Jennifer is doing her best to fill up for both parental roles.
Enter Jason and Jennifer's world goes 180 degrees in a different direction. He didn't recognize little Jenny, the sweet girl he'd so easily broken the heart of. But she recognized him right away. Of course, Jennifer didn't welcome him with open arms, nor did she tell him who she was. I can't blame her. He was an unreliable playboy whose list of female conquests was quite long.
Then a bunch of drama happens and we finally get a glimpse of Jason's real personality. The truth is that Jason is unsure of himself. He's been told some things about his male predecessors that horrify him. Because of them he believes that he could only ever hurt the woman he ends up falling in love with. Which is why he doesn't allow himself to get so attached that he'd end up loving anyone.
To be honest, out of all the characters (besides Jennifer), I liked Jason's sister the most. She was brilliant in scheming and figuring out how to solve the whole mess of problems and drama that had been so easily manufactured.
Summary: This was a truly amazing book about the strength of a mother's character. I loved it, every bit of it. And the contents were clean, no in-depth intimate scenes or offensive language. Exactly my kind of read!
My rating: 5/5