Release Date: 18 June 2013
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LOVE and CANDY is a contemporary New Adult or Young Adult romance. It’s about a young woman’s coming of age and takes place in the sexually-charged environment of a posh high school. It doesn't shy away from the gritty details of the main character's first serious relationship and deals with very adult topics. The love interest is a seriously tortured guy, far from a prince charming.
Here's the back cover blurb:
Samantha Montclare is not who she thought she was. Straitlaced and academically minded, she's knocked to her knees by an unexpected infatuation with the star of her local soccer team just as she discovers that her biological father is not the loving dad who raised her but a forbidding Italian aristocrat.
Within the social hierarchy of a wealthy suburban high school, Delaney Troy is so superior to naive Samantha that she can't speak to him without provoking obscene taunts from his friends.
Delaney is gorgeous, but much of Samantha's fascination stems from his brazen honesty and bristling wit. His air of confidence inspires so powerful an interest he draws her in without even looking at her.
But how could she possibly date a guy like Delaney who insists he only wants to hook up -- and doesn't believe in love?
Will the scandalous truth about the circumstances of her conception threaten her happy home life?
Must she find a place in her life for an alarming new "father" just as she’s becoming an independent young woman?
My Opinion 3 STARS
My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review.
Okay. The book is told from Samantha's POV and to be honest, all throughout the book she seemed naive and immature. She has a crush on Delaney and is always looking at him fixating on what he would be like. This goes on for a year.
She has gone through her mothers possessions and read her diary which alluded to the fact that her mother and father had played around for awhile and that her dad was not her biological father. She then had very open and frank discussions with her parents, which to me felt very strange. Even as open as i am with my own mother for a girl her age some of the stuff they talked about just didn't sit well with me.
When Anton (the biological father) is introduced it felt awkward in the fact that, while the three adults were discussing private things, Sam was sat there listening in.
When they all go on a family holiday to Italy and visit Anton, I would have thought that when Anton found the kids in his own room nosing about he would have more upset about the matter than almost act as if nothing had happened.
Going back to school in her new clothes and suddenly being asked on a date by Delaney, and after no aforementioned talks of former boyfriends or having been kissed before, it showed just how immature she was that she 'did it' in the back of his car in a parking lot.
Then she goes back for more?? WTF. Delaney only acts like a brat, treats her badly and she still goes back for more? And does any child the next time she sees her parents after the night after their first time blurt to their parents about it?
Time also moved very swiftly in this novel, from fifteen to her at the prom and then finishing her degree. Most of the time as stated previously both act very immature and she is constantly making excuses for his behaviour and feeling very self-conscious. and to be honest. jealous about all of Delaney close female friends, constantly whining about ex-girlfriends.
I wanted to slap hSam for being so bloody blind and needy and for Delany for being a self absorbed jerk using Sam for what seemed like se only as he hardly ever acknowledged her in front of his friends.
The book was redeemed at the end however with the prom scene and the epilogue, otherwise I might have had to slit their throats.
However having said all this i did get engrossed into the book and, surprisingly enough i did enjoy it. I would say however that the book would be harder to read the older you would be.
I guess to totally understand Sam's POV you would need to be that age. Maybe being in my early thirties I look back a sceptic having been away from the school scene and children of that age for so long.