Habits, Anna B Doe

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way and the thoughts expressed are my own.

Now I do not read erotica at all so didn’t really enjoy that aspect of the book (I just skimmed those sections). But the actual story was good, a High School drama full of all the twists and turns of being a teenager. We follow two main characters; Jeanette and Andrew. Jeanette has always been an outsider, a quiet, smart girl who doesn’t enjoy the loud, crowded parties many people have. She has a twin brother, Max, who is the complete opposite, the life of the party that everyone wants to be friends with.

Their parents work a great deal, though she understands why since their jobs help people, she still misses them. Basically a family of two, Max and Jeanette rely on each other more than regular siblings. But while Max is thriving, Jeanette is drawn into herself, hurt by constantly being teased and bullied by everyone. The twins move to a new town and a new school and Jeanette can’t help but worry it’ll be more of the same. From a few flashback scenes throughout the book, it’s clear something bad happened to Jeanette at their last school. So when a few girls take interest in befriending Jeanette, she plays the part in hopes of easing her brother’s worries for her.

The relationship between the twins was sweet and caring. Max is constantly trying to make his sister feel included, even though she doesn’t really want to be. Yet as people tend to, events cause the two to argue and argue quite badly. And it’s sad to see the two jeopardise their close relationship (though I could understand each’s position). As the novel continued, I was more concerned about whether they could mend their relationship than other sub-plots.

Andrew Hill is the king of the school. Every girl knows what will happen when she goes out with him, yet they still die for the chance. It’s clear from his point of view sections that he is a badly damaged man who uses drinking, partying and womanizing to fill the dark void within himself. In many, many books, especially young adult books, the dark and brooding heartthrob, who is a horrible jerk to everyone, is simply misunderstood. I find this troupe particularly tiresome since I never enjoy this type of character so did not enjoy Andrew at all.

The main focus of this book is Jeanette’s secret relationship with Andrew. He is best friends with her brother and so obviously out-of-bounds but the two can’t fight their passion for each other. Like many hidden romances, it comes with ups and downs; jealousy; people’s mocking that Jeanette would never be good enough for Andrew; betrayals; and the fallout of when their relationship is revealed. You could tell how the brother would react and every time it came close to being revealed I felt bad for Max and wanted to whisk him away from the knowledge.

If you are a fan of this genre then his hot and steamy book paired with the roller-coaster of High School is the book for you. However, I did not enjoy this book and only give it 3/5.

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