My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
The tale takes us through the lives of Sophie, who is suffering from an existential crisis, having quit law school, broken up with her fiancee and has also lost the friendship that they had shared, and Clayton, the dominating and self-absorbed, rich bully who is used to getting what he wants. Sophie and her two best friends are on a trip to Maldives, where she tries to soak her sorrows into the sea and get rejuvenated. She comes across Clayton, and falls for him despite him being nothing but a brat. Things take a turn when Clayton gets drawn to the Sophie, finding her naivete and innocence absolutely sweet and adorable. Will these two people, worlds apart in money, thoughts, idealogies and philosophies ever be able to get together, is what the story revolves around.
I have to say I began the book with some apprehensiveness. The plot is breezy and holds the reader's interest, no doubt. But the plot is slightly predictable and you can almost know the characters' next move. That said, the author has done a great job with the narration and the characterisation. This drew me more and more into the story. The cool mysticism of Maldives is brought forth in the story. The characterisation of Clayton came as a pleasant surprise - on first look he seems shallow, but he has his vulnerabilities. I love the fact that the author didn't mask a huge gory secret or a big baggage to justify his nasty demeanour. He is just a regular self-centered guy who has some goodness beneath all that money, and meeting Sophie just makes him realise what he is looking for in life. The whole portrayal makes him very easy to relate to.
I would definitely recommend the book to lovers of young adult romances
My rating for this book: 4 stars
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