Today I read a book that reminded me why it’s so important to read out of genre. Generally speaking, I don’t read YA fiction. I’m not a YA, not by a long shot, and there’s so much to read. But the Smart Bitches reviewed Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. I was intrigued so I ordered a copy from Amazon. It arrived at 4 p.m. this afternoon. It’s now 7:21 and I’ve finished the book (and obtained dinner from a drivethru window and put in a movie for the Small Boy. I realize too much TV is bad for kids, but my husband’s in Colorado – I’m not – and I needed to finish this book. That’s just the kind of mom I am).
Loved it. Loved it loved it loved it. Loved everything about it, but especially loved the edge the romance had, and how skillfully Ms. Echols walked that edge. I loved how the hero, John After, was both a boy and a man. Very, very nicely done. Much of the SBTB discussion focuses on two plot points, both of which require a suspension of disbelief I was very willing to engage in to fall for these characters. Mostly I just loved how her spare style let the characters emerge slowly, without alot of backstory and yammering. I love finishing a book and thinking, “I can learn something here.
A great addition to the 2009 Reading List. I highly recommend it!