Review: Scratch by Rhonda Helms

20257114Blurb from Goodreads

The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach – or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Kensington Books
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

I feel bad to say this but for me everything felt wrong since the very first chapter I read this book. And it was hard to connect to the story and the characters. I think my main issue was the writing. It doesn’t flow smoothly and there’s something off in it. The story is told from Casey’s POV. She’s a reserved person, keeps everything to herself and guarded herself all the time. She tells her story mostly in short sentences, barely provide much description and explanation and in some part I felt like reading random things. For example, in chapter one, she mentions a guy without any explanation about who he is. She left me wondering for so long I thought the author forgot about him completely till I get to know him in chapter 17. And then in a couple paragraphs she tells about her study session with Daniel in her kitchen but then it changes completely into different activity in different setting without so much explanation in next paragraph. This happens a few more times.

In some NA books I’ve read, although the main characters said they have problems and suffer the panic attack, I often couldn’t see and feel it. But Casey’s different. I liked that I can feel her panic attack and her awkwardness every time she’s trying to make a friend. I also have no problem believing that she’s build her wall and hold back most of her personal things. Her incapability to tell Daniel what happened to her past kept me reading it. At the same time, she’s also frustrating me, though I understand why she acts and feels that why. She keeps hiding it and run away every time he asks her about it. Thus, I didn’t see her development character along the story. As for Daniel, I liked that the author didn’t portrait him as a bad boy, is so persistent and kind to Casey. I love bad boy kind of hero but sometime I just feel they are around too many in NA books. And the fact that he also makes mistakes regarding Casey issues makes him more real. However, just like Casey, it was hard for me to connect to him.

I think once in a while I should pick my reading blindly, close my eyes and just take whichever book my finger point at. I don’t need to see the cover and read the blurb because they can deceive me. And yes, they were my main reason requested this book on NetGalley. Just look at the cover! Who doesn’t love it? It’s pretty, right? Too bad, I didn’t quite enjoy the story as much as I liked the cover.

Result: 2 out of 5 stars
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