23 June 2013

{Book Review} Our Song

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 June 2013 at 12:05 AM | | | | | |


Our Song
Author: Jordanna Fraiberg
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

OUR SONG is a book that I really wanted to love but unfortunately it just felt into the like category for me. The cover was beautiful, the description was intriguing but the story itself just didn’t live up to my expectations.

I felt that the description for OUR SONG was a little misleading. The description makes it seem that Nick’s confession is what causes Olive to figure out what really happened the night of her accident. That Nick’s confession and the Olive’s wreck are somehow tied together. However, this is not the case. Nick does make a confession and Olive does piece things together but in my opinion the two are only minimally connected.

I never fully connected to any of the characters in OUR SONG. I wanted to connect to Olive and there were points where I was right there but then something would happen and I would get pulled back. I loved that Olive changed after her accident. She realized that she wasn’t living her life for her but was instead living her life the way she thought others should. Derek was a complete jerk that I hated from the get-go. I mean who doesn’t at least call their ex-girlfriend after she almost DIES?! Annie was an okay character but she wasn’t around enough for me to get fully attached to. And Nick? Well, in theory he seems perfect. Dark, handsome, mysterious AND has a British accent? Perfection! Unfortunately, there was something (and I still don’t know what exactly) that kept me from loving him. I think maybe there wasn’t enough dialogue with him for me to really get a sense of who he is.

Another thing that really bothered me was the fact that there were times I felt I was purposely mislead. Besides the misleading description, there was another incident that I feel the author purposely led me to believe something that wasn’t true and was then explained as a misunderstanding that didn’t really make sense in my opinion.

Had OUR SONG done a couple of things different this would have been an excellent book, but as it is it was just good. There was potential but not enough to make me love it.



Tags: Ashley, 3.5 Birds, contemporary

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