“When somebody gossips, they are not doing you a favor by giving you information. They are trying to elevate their position, to seem more important than they are.”
This is a hard book for me to rate. I really enjoyed it; however, some of the stuff was hard to believe. There was also a mystery at the end of the book that felt like it took away from the story.
I really liked Vivi, the main character. She made a lot of mistakes, but she was still trying her hardest to be the best mom she could be. I think that makes her extremely relatable, even if I don’t have kids myself. Melissa, Vivi’s daughter, was kind of a boring character. And Max was a pretty likable character, but I felt like his whole story was hard to believe.
Even though I’m rating this book only three stars, I still felt really connected to each character. I was excited to read about how they each progressed throughout the book and where their story was going to go.
I enjoyed the pacing of the story. I felt like it was a pretty fast read for having four hundred pages, but the romance in the story was too fast-paced. It felt more like infatuation rather than true love. Neither character was ready for a relationship, but alas! they’re “in love.” *Eye rolls*.
I enjoyed the writing for the most part. There were a lot of grammar problems though, so that was annoying. The author would also write weirdly sometimes. Example: “So-and-so is smiling, smiling.” What does that even mean!? Apart from that, the author did a pretty good job writing about family drama and secrets. This was like reading some kind of soap opera.
One thing I really hated about the book was how the author seemed to romanticize self-mutilation. I’m sure that wasn’t her intent; however, it felt like the author just decided to have a character in the book who cut themselves without knowing anything about it. I’m not sure if that makes sense. It either needed to be written more realistically or needed to be removed from the story altogether. I’m not Greek, nor have I visited Greece, but I felt like the author was painting a bad picture about Greek people. The book talked a lot about how Greek people like to gossip, cause drama, and bitch.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, even if there were parts I disliked about it. It was a nice drama-filled book to get me out of my sadness I was filling when I finished a book I loved. I’m not sure if I’ll read anything else by the author, but I am glad I read this nonetheless. 🙂