Everyone wanted to be Jewels Peterson in high school. Naturally beautiful, exceptionally smart, talented cheerleader, life of the party, and with an All-American boyfriend to boot. One regrettable choice and fatal accident later, and Jewels found herself unceremoniously knocked off her pedestal. Now she’s in college, going through the motions, but not really living.Adam Murphy is easy-going, charming, considerate, and crazy good looking; he’s exactly the kind of guy Jewels pictures herself being happy with. But Jewels is already involved with someone, and Adam makes it known that he’s guarding a dark secret, one that makes him the wrong guy for her. Trumped by the promise of an innocent friendship, Jewels is forced to ignore her overwhelming hunger for Adam.
After Jewels unknowingly helps Adam create a bucket list, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that pushes their platonic relationship to its limits. But does she want to be with Adam without knowing the truth behind the skeletons in his closet, or is being with him just another pointless thing in her life?
I feel like I’m in a book slump right now. I crave a good romantic read and nothing, nothing I’ve read in the past few weeks classifies as a Good Romantic Read.
Sadly, Adam’s List is just another book that’s left me hanging in there.
The writing in this book is good. I liked the author’s writing and I can honestly believe that she tried her level best but it just didn’t work for me. Here’s why:
I didn’t like Jewels. If you read the premise of the story then you know that Adam’s List is about a road-trip of a lifetime. For me though…it wasn’t. It was very meh, and most of the time the meh-ness was because of Jewels. She had issues of her own but she was way too dramatic and whiney for me. And she agreed to go on a road-trip with a guy she’s not known for very long. And why did she agree? Because he did something good for her, she got infatuated and they kissed.
The character of Jewels herself was supposed to be “sarcastic” and sassy but no. She was so dependent on Adam, that it was sickening. Sure, she tried to keep up a brave front but it looked just absolutely forced to me.
She freaked out when he wouldn’t kiss her.
She freaked out when he wouldn’t touch her.
She freaked out when he didn’t want to have sex with her.
I’d say Adam was the only character I was rooting for in the entire book. And sometimes even he got on my nerves. He was portrayed as way too uptight, way too mysterious for a guy his age. I thought maybe that could be because of the “secret” that he was hiding but gah, it just doesn’t feel right. Either you live your life happy, or you don’t.
It was sad to witness and absolute torture to read.
And his big secret? Yeah, I could guess. It became pretty obvious to me about 35% into the book so yeah. There’s that. I don’t know what tipped me off and I do not know why I just knew it, but I did. And when I was proved right, pfft. I honestly wanted to stop reading.
Adam Murphy has a problem. He’s a bit fucked in the head.
Okay, he’s a lot fucked in the head. I’m not going to say anymore—lest I give out spoilers—but there’s one thing I know for certain in life. Ask for help when there’s even the slightest chance you can get it.
It’s not going to hurt you, to ask for help.
This was kind of a typical NA/YA read when it came to the parents. At least in Adam’s case, they were non-existent. And after I found out the secret:
All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s been a waste of precious time (and energy) for me.
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