Publisher: Patchwork Press | Pages: 228
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5)
The publisher kindly sent me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.
The population of Fairview, a town so small that all anyone talks about is the Fairview Four returning after fourteen years: 7208.
The chance of Reagan blending in with the crowd after a boy in her new town starts to see her for who she really is: zero.
Following in the footsteps—and all too often, the shadows—of her sisters was nothing new to Reagan. But after fifteen years of fading in to the background, she’s finally finding her own way. Amidst all the gossip and assumptions, one person sees Reagan for what she’s always wanted to be. One of a kind.
Finally feeling like she belongs, Reagan wants to enjoy every possibility her new life has to offer, but things aren’t going as smoothly for her sisters. How can Reagan possibly let herself be happy—or maybe even fall in love—when her family is finally turning to her for support?
I really really wanted to like this book, I did. The premise of the book was really intriguing to me but it just fell flat for me.
First, let me talk about the things I did enjoy. I really did enjoy the main character Reagan. I liked her babble, her self professed ‘nerdiness’, love of games and her obsession with books (I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to organize their bookshelf instead of doing ‘regular life’). Kellie Sheridan did a wonderful job at creating quadruplets who embodied regular siblings who bicker and argue but also have a special bond with one another that I imagine most twins, triplets, quadruplets etc., have with one another.
Now for the things that I felt hindered the books enjoyment (for me). First, I’m not a fan of insta-love. I’m all about cheesy romantic stories in young adult contemporary novels, but in this novel it was just a little ridiculous in my opinion. Without spoiling it too much, Reagan hasn’t even seen the main boy character’s face before she has clearly ‘fallen’ for him. To me, that isn’t reality and even if a book is supposed to grip onto fantasy, it just wasn’t right to me. In general, these types of plots need to have a slow progression that advances throughout the story and I felt like it was desperate from the beginning and never really got anywhere in the end (but hopefully that is where the rest of the series will improve upon). Second, the plot just wasn’t enough for me. I needed something more, and what that is, I’m not really sure. I was desperately needing something to draw my attention, to whisk me away and I just was never met with it.
I’m really hoping that this book improves upon itself throughout the rest of the series. While I am seemingly disappointed with this book, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it. I think that this book may be better suited for those in the middle aged group (9-12) rather than those interested in the young adult genre. I think the age of the characters (14-15) may have contributed to their lack of understanding and experience which to a 20-something year old was rather boring. I sincerely wish the best for this book upon its release tomorrow (January 4th, 2017) and I’d be curious to know what anyone’s thoughts are once they have read it themselves!
I’m rating this book a 2.5, because although it was not my favourite book, I do think that it is a book that a younger audience would enjoy.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5)
About the Author:
Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.
Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada.