You Belong With Me

Title: You Belong With Me
Author: J.R. Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Genre(s): YA Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 75
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.

The blurb for this story intrigued me (YA love and a trip to Paris!) and the cover is seriously gorgeous. However, the book itself was very much a let-down, for a number of reasons.

The story is told from three POVs – Scott, Craig and Scott’s twin sister Karen. The author tends to “tell” not “show” and for a short 75 page story, getting some scenes from three viewpoints seemed like overkill. In addition, the characters are very lightly developed and un-self-aware. For example, Craig doesn’t have a clue that his actions are hurting his best friend, Scott – even when

Craig and his boyfriend make love in SCOTT’S BED at a house party and are discovered by Scott. Also Craig’s boyfriend seems borderline verbally abusive.
I was disappointed that the Paris trip occurs off-page and none of the young adults in this book speak like young adults, sounding instead like mature characters in their 30’s.

There was nothing objectionable in the story but the plot was slim, with no chemistry between the characters and for a short story, it read very slow. I cannot recommend “You Belong With Me.”

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