Release Date: March 31, 2013
Source: eARC via author via Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: 1.5/5 stars
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18-year old Paige Rice, an exquisite beauty from East Hampton, NY, has just celebrated her high school graduation and is expecting to spend her summer living it up with all her socialite friends. But her parents have a different idea – she is being hauled away-literally- to the mountains of Vermont for the entire summer- in an RV!
Assuming she will be an outcast amongst the other teens at the campground still does not prepare her for the treatment she receives, which is far worse than she imagined. She also isn’t prepared for Travis, the campground owner’s son and the “Sexiest” guy she has ever laid eyes on. Travis is the only one who shows any interest in getting to know Paige. The only problem is that they have to explore what lies between them in secret. But once all the secrets are stripped away, the truth may be crushing.
I thought Inspire by Heather Buchine had some potential in the beginning and I was looking forward to where the story was going to take me. However, I was massively disappointed by this one. It was an ok read, but I had so many issues with it that couldn’t be ignored.
Let's start with Paige. She wasn’t really all that special, to be honest. I thought she lacked some personality and backbone. She did have some appealing things about her, like how she wasn’t just a rich spoiled girl, built up her own charity to help those in need and how she was friendly even when others were being mean to her. Don’t get me wrong, these are good qualities. I didn’t not like Paige, she just wasn’t a character I cared for and that was hard considering she narrated the entire book.
The second problem I had with this book was the romance. Or maybe I should say the insta-love. I thought it was good until feelings were happening not three days of meeting. Then they were in a relationship five days in with Paige thinking about being in love with Travis already. No, just no. It was way too fast. To add to this, their romance was so not convincing. It basically felt forced to me. I couldn’t believe they had such an easy connection to the point where they were spilling secrets on what they considered was their first date. I don’t know about Paige or Travis, but I wouldn’t be spilling personal stuff to someone I just met two-three days ago. It just didn’t seem realistic at all.
The plot of this book was just not all I thought it would be. There was not much build-up, excitement or even tension. Not much happened besides Paige and Travis falling in love so quickly. The drama that did happen between Paige and the other girls at the camp were more annoying than anything else. I think the other girl’s individual drama were more exciting than Paige’s drama. It just wasn’t enough to give this book the boost it needed. The romance basically overshadowed everything in this book. Paige and Travis were already in love that by the time Travis’ secret and deception came out, I wasn’t all that surprised (since I already suspected beforehand) nor did I really care that Paige was hurt in the end. I was more irritated by the fact that Paige allowed Travis to keep their relationship a secret in the first place. I was even more horrified that the whole deception thing was forgiven by Paige in such a short amount of time. I just don’t think any of Travis’ reasonings justified the lies and secrecy.
My other problem was the writing. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t all that great either. There wasn’t a nice flow to the book. The writing was just choppy and affected the way I read. The dialogue between the characters didn’t feel natural either. Especially with Travis, his dialogue was cheesy and didn’t make him sound authentically male at all. Another thing was the excessive giggling in this book. I think every female character giggled at something that was probably not even that funny to begin with and I rolled my eyes every single time.
Overall, Inspire was just not a book I particularly enjoyed all that much. It may have had some shining moments tossed in here or there, but the problems I had drowned those out completely.
*Thanks to Heather/ Xpresso Book Tours for sending a copy for review purposes
I was no compensated for my opinion