Shattered Ties

This is definitely not my favourite book. I didn’t hate it, but I sure didn’t love it either. I have read another series by this author and I enjoyed those books, but this one I couldn’t wait till I was done. I don’t know if that’s because I read it on my phone with the Kindle app or what but I just felt that the writing was so simple. It flew by too fast and there was no real build up of the characters or the story.

It’s about young love and two people from different sides of the tracks. Emma, who grew up with rich parents and goes to a private school and Jesse, who lives on the poor side of town in a trailer park with his mom. Jesse wins a scholarship to go to the private school so that he can get into a good college. Jesse doesn’t even want to go to college, but he will for his mother’s sake. So, his first day of school, he meets Emma, who he has met before when they were six and she told him that he is trash and doesn’t belong at the park with her. He remembers this and thinks that she is going to be the same person she was back then. Turns out, she’s not like that at all and she’s really sweet and caring. They end up having a few classes together and she shows him around the school.

The more time they spend together, the more they like each other. It’s basically an insta-love. Sometimes I like insta-loves if they’re done right, but this just moved way too fast for my liking and there was no development at all. As fast as it started, it ended just as quick. Before I knew it, the story had ended. There is a second book to finish it off but I felt that because the book only had 230 pages, they could have just put the second part into the first book. I don’t really care for reading the second book even though this one kind of left on a semi cliffhanger.

I usually am not this rough on books, I am an easy five-star kind a girl but I just felt nothing with this book at all. It’s a Young Adult that could be New Adult even though they are in high school. There is some sex but it’s not the most descriptive, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the young adults to read. I hate to say that I don’t really recommend this. I would rather you read K.A. Robinson’s Torn series instead which I have reviews for both books in the series.

Shattered Ties Book Cover Shattered Ties
K.A. Robinson
K.A. Robinson Publishing LLC
November 27th 2013

With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.

Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.

When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.

Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.

Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?

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