Series: Book 1 in ‘The Vincent Boys’.
“Trouble can be a lot of fun. It’s the straight and narrow that makes life tedious and boring.” ~~ Abbi Glines (Book: The Vincent Boys)
I got fooled by a cover, which is almost a regular event. 😀 But this time, it fooled me into thinking that it’s an adult romance book. Turns out, it’s a young-adult one.
What can I say for this mix-up, other than that I have so far read young-adult books with either cartoonish characters or girls wearing exotic gowns. 😀
Let’s move on to the review of ‘The Vincent Boys’…..
Genre: Young-Adult Romance.
Main Characters: Ashton Gray, Beau Vincent, Sawyer Vincent.
‘The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines’ ~~ Synopsis:
Growing up Ash used to be friends with Sawyer and Beau. Life’s good and fun. Until they become teenagers and Sawyer asks her out.
Ashton agrees as she always knew, staying the person she’s and doing fun things, is not something she could do all her life.
She’s supposed to be a good girl and good girls went out with good guys like Sawyer and not Beau. Her decision to become perfect girl and Sawyer’s girlfriend break up their group.
She and Beau no longer talks to each other and Ashton sometimes wonder why they still cannot be friends.
When Sawyer goes out on a vacation with his family, Ashton helps Beau out and they begin to talk once again.
Spending time with Beau reminds Ashton once again that there’s someone else other than her grandmother who doesn’t dislike the girl she is.
So against her better judgment, Ashton continues meeting Beau, denying that there’s more to their friendship.
Until she can no longer deny it — being with Beau just feels right. She’d be who she’s when around him.
Maybe she’d have only a few days with Beau before she goes back to pretending to be someone she’s not.
When Ashton decided to date his cousin Beau stayed away from them. Sawyer is the only family member Beau cares about. He can’t think of hurting his cousin.
He looks from afar when he thinks no one of them is watching him watch them. He still loves Ash, but he does not know who she’s become and why. He’s not sure if he likes the new Ashton or if she likes it herself.
Ever since she started dating Sawyer, she changed into someone Beau never knew.
He can still see the girl she was and how hard Ashton tries to stay the good girl everyone thinks and expect her to be. He never understood her motivation.
Maybe he would find out now that they are starting to spend time with each other. But what to do with the pesky little spark they have between them, that’s harder to ignore with each passing moment.
I wonder if there’s a new theme in YA other than a love triangle.
The love triangle is quite prevalent, predictable (& boring) in the young-adult world.
You know, one is a good guy; everyone loves him and approves of him. But the other one is a bad or at least pretends to be as he’s a tortured soul and only our heroine understands him.
Of course, the young heroine always picks the bad guy because he’s not bad at all.
This uninteresting theme is one of the reasons I don’t pick young-adult books. And of course, all the torture of who to pick gets boring after a few chapters. It’s not as if the readers cannot make a correct guess.
The ranting aside, the cover fooled me. If I had known it’s a young-adult book, I would have left it exactly where I saw it.
Anyway, let’s discuss the book a little as I don’t have it in me to say too much here.
The story goes like this:
Ashton: I have to be good, but I’m so bad. What to do?
Sawyer: I have everything perfect in life! Yay!
Beau: She’s MINE! Who should I punch? Grrr….!
You may even pick sides and chances are you’d pick Beau as he’s the most tortured soul.
I didn’t like Ash or Sawyer’s characters. I also didn’t get why Ash desperately wanted to be perfect and later runs off to cheat?
There’s no pressure on her to become a perfect version of herself. Since the parents’ role in the story is almost non-existent, I’d not believe that anyone’s pressurizing her to be a good girl.
I’d have like some explanation here.
I had trouble feeling for them. For me the story was okay and not bad enough to leave unread.
I expected more from a story like this one, you know, with cheating and all. It’s not emotional and there’s not much drama.
I also found the writing style flat.
Anyway, consider yourself forewarned, there’s cheating.
The prose has a nice flow to it and if you like love triangles (& can overlook cheating) you might like ‘The Vincent Boys’.
Hit or Miss: Time-pass.
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