Title: Dating down
Author: Stefanie Lyons
Genre: Young Adult
When a good girl falls for a bad boy
She thought she loved him. She thought she could change him. She thought if she just believed in him enough, his cheating and his drugs and his lying would stop, and she'd be his and he'd be hers and they'd love each other forever.
But for Samantha Henderson, X—the boy she will not name—is trouble. He's older, edgier, bohemian . . . and when he starts paying attention to Sam, she can't resist him. Samantha's family and friends try to warn her, but still she stays with him, risking her future and everything that really matters.
Finally. I have been looking for a young adult book to read. So I searched titles in NetGalley. I request this book because it seemed interesting. One word: verse.
So this is the story of Samantha Henderson. A girl who falls in love for a bad boy. Samantha is just like other girl. She goes to school, she tries to get good grades, she enjoys spending time with her friends. She likes the art. Samantha's family is well-known. Her father, a politician, is very important to her. Sam lives with her father, Jane and Melanie.
Her best friends are April and Gavin. Everything normal. But of course, there is X.
Samantha met X in a coffee shop. He is older than her, a "bohemian". He likes her. But X is very different to her. She is a nice girl, who loves her family and friends. X is just a boy who goes to parties. He has a lot of friends. He drinks and smoke. And Sam is artistic and smart.I will call him XXFor the reasons I crossed him out of my lifeXFor the number of times I plunged into self-destructionXbecause his name would only give him a place in your mindthat he does not deserve.
You might think that X would never look at Sam or that he would never date her, wrong. Sam and X end up together.
And then the things start getting difficult. A little messy.
I liked how you can feel related to the characters easily. Sam is only a girl, not a superhero with misterious powers. She is naive, she trusted in X. April is the kind of friend who will tell you the truth, no matter what. And Gavin advises her too. They care for Sam.
At first everything is great... (as you might know) She is in a relationship with X. Cool. They are happy together. People around Sam start telling her things about X. He's older, he seems creepy, etc. But Sam is in love.
Sam is now a little bit different. People can change. Even Sam changes but not for good reasons.Date up, honey, not down.
She was confused. Slowly, she started to realise that X is not the person she thought he was. Finally.Is learning to lie, part oflearning to love?
More than a love story this is a self love story. A story about how love can guide you to self destruction, about the importance of having an honest relationship.
So Sam is not a superhero, she's just a girl who fell in love with the wrong guy. But she learned from her mistakes. A proof of how strong she is, even if her heart is broken.
The story is interesting. The characters felt real. The beginning was a little bit slow, for some moments Sam, as the narrator, was over descriptive, and for some moments, there weren't enough descriptions.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about a (not really love) story