Rating: 3 Stars
Well this book was neither bad, nor good. It was also not average. I just had major issues with it. Don’t get me wrong the book was well written, the characters well developed (at some point although a bit unbelievable but hey it’s a romance novel not a science book) and the plot was intriguing, however, what put me off was the display of sheer violence and the underlining message that apparently violence is best met with more violence. To sum up I had some moral issues with the book but apart from that readable.
What the book cover reads: Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.
I just want to be a fu**ing made man.
I’m just a fu**ing waitress.
What I read: Violence must be met with violence
Contains minor spoilers:
So we meet Elle, who is a victim of serious bullying. And by serious bullying I mean serious serious serious bullying. Next to being verbally and physically abused at school she works part time in a diner where on top of everything she witnesses something she shouldn’t. Enter the male lead: Nero. He is supposed to find out how much she knows. Nero is also at the same school and together with his two friends (they all rule the school) he becomes best friends with Elle and her friend Chloe. Elle is only marginally aware of the fact that this is a bit random and out of the blue and rather sudden. Anyway, in the process they fall for each other (which is also a bit random and out of the blue and rather sudden).
What I liked about the book was that it raises awareness of bullying at school.
What I did not like about the book was that at some point the whole fighting back (in the truest sense of the word) felt like a fantasy of a bullied teenager that wishes that some hot mobster son suddenly takes an interest in her and beats up everyone that has ever been bad to her. While I understand that what Elle’s schoolmates did was absolutely horrible, I felt utterly uncomfortable with the way the book displayed it as a good thing that these schoolmates got either physically or mentally assaulted as retribution. I personally do not believe that violence should be met with even more violence. Anyway aside from the moral issue I had, Nero the alpha male was not entirely believable (other reviewers also commented on that fact): It was more a description of a 30year old man than an 18year old teenager. No teenager behaves like he did (and I hope no teenager is as dark as he was). It all felt a bit like a high-school series (90210) where 30year olds play 18year olds. To sum up, because I have issues with some points, I would not entirely recommend the book. However, if you are easy with a sensless display of violence (and pretend mentally that the characters are in college not in high school) then it is a good afternoon read.