I'm Rowena and I blog at Book Binge. I read lots of romance, YA and lately, NA. You'll find a lot of those on my shelves.
This book is told in dual perspective and I thought that would be interesting so I was interested and while I did enjoy some aspects of this book, mostly I was just confused. You see, Simon is in love with Cassie or maybe, obsessed with Cassie is more acurate of what Simon feels for Cassie. He went on a date with her years ago and never kissed her. He’s been living with that regret ever since and once she’s broken up from her boyfriend, he’s finally got his chance to right that wrong from that first date.
The book is told in two realities and they’re so similar that it was hard to keep up at first and once I felt like I got a good hold on the two stories, I spent most of the book trying to figure out which one was the real storyline. The whole book was confusing and it would have been okay if I liked the guy in the story and while he was okay, I still wanted to punch him in the throat a few times.
It’s one thing to have the biggest crush on someone you go to school with and to fantasize about that person but what Simon had on Cassie was more obsession than anything else…and not in a good way, either. I mean, he was so blinded by his need for Cassie that he didn’t hear or see anything around him. His friends couldn’t talk any sense into him because he knew what he wanted and finally had his chance to go after it. While that is all good and dandy, it was really apparent that Cassie was not the same girl from their date all those years before. She was a complete stranger to him and his incessant need to analyze every look and conversation that he had with her got to be annoying. Even his friends were fed up with his obsession with her. One of his best friend even told him that he was done with him forever after he helped him try to win her affections. Said he wasn’t going to go to college and help fix him anymore, he was done with it all. After reading this book, I couldn’t blame him.
Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. It wasn’t a bad book, I just couldn’t connect with Simon or any of the other characters, even the girl that ends up being the love interest. I wish it had worked better for me because I was looking for a fun book and this just wasn’t it for me.