Title: A Good Enough Reason
Author: C.M. Lievens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 23rd 2016
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 220 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
High school seniors Ellis and Dale are as different as day and night, or so Ellis believes. Ellis loves to write, while Dale loves soccer. Ellis has only a handful of friends, and Dale is Mr. Popularity. But when they’re partnered up for an AP English project, Ellis learns different can be good. Really good.
Dale Stephens has it all: friends, a hot girlfriend, mad soccer skills—and a secret. He’s bisexual, but because he’s never been in love with a boy, it’s always been easier to keep that part of himself hidden. Until Ellis changes everything.
As their love grows, Dale realizes it’s Ellis he wants to be with—only he’s not ready for the world to know about them, especially after the way his mom reacts to the news.
But when they are outed by a bully who has made a career out of tormenting Ellis, Dale and Ellis must face down their fears and try to stay together. What will happen when the bully goes too far? Will Ellis come out of it unscathed?
I’m going to keep this short.
How’d I feel about this book?
I’m sad this book didn’t click for me. The best way I can describe it is, have you ever had a craving for a particular food where you can taste the flavors in your mouth? Then you go out, get it and bite into it expecting the flavors to explode on your tongue, but it ends up tasting bland leaving you disappointed. That’s how this book felt. After reading the blurb, I was expecting a coming of age book about family, friendships and self-love. And to be fair- we did. I just never connected to the characters or the story. I felt like an outsider looking in. The writing felt stilted. The dialogue and actions of many of the characters didn’t feel natural. Then we have the end- or lack of one to me. It was rushed and a lukewarm HFN. I’m sorry to say the whole story just never came together for me. It was lacking feeling and didn’t feel fleshed out.
I wish that I had something better to report back, but this was a miss for me. 2.5 Stars.