Before I Fall by Jessica Scott
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
At first I really enjoyed this novel, but the characters started to get on my nerves a bit, which is a really terrible thing to say given to what the subject matter is and I have no idea what a person goes through from being in the war...
But Beth was giving her father too much control over her life. I know she was trying to take care of him and not let him get into trouble, but thinking that getting a full time job with insurance is going to magically solve all of her money problems is ridiculous because she is still going to have a fight on her hands with the insurance company. And she also wanted to protect him, but it's supposed to be the other way around.
Noah knew he had a problem and ignored it until Beth came along. She was his magically healing person or something and I think he should have come to the conclusion to get help sooner on his own. Sure I guess it gave him something to focus on, but he consciously knew he had a problem and refused to confront it, when he knew he would have love and support from the people in his life way before Beth came into the picture.
And then the way they were together... Beth fought her attraction with Noah for one chapter then jumped his bones the next. I didn't feel the connection between these two so them jumping into an unhealthy relationship where lies were bleeding left and right was not a good way for me to root for either of them staying together.
It's even worse that I feel this way because the author is also part of the armed services and has problem seen or gone through these things, but I just couldn't relate to the story or connect with it in any way.
I know a lot of other readers will enjoy this plot line and writing, but it just wasn't cut out for me.
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