Hey guys, today I'm going to be reviewing a book I recently read called Just Fourteen by Sherry Raby.
I would like to start off by thanking Sherry for sending me a PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book surrounds a fourteen year old girl named Bree, and follows her journey dealing with boy drama, friendships and family life. She encounters many issues true to real life, such as learning how to distinguish romantic love from friendship and what to do in unexpected situations.
The plot for this book was really interesting, a good idea and insight into the life of a teenager. However the way it was executed was really off for me. The writing style was really basic, every time a story-line opened up, it was never developed in a way that would allow readers to connect with the characters and care about their story. It brushed over some really great topics, I just wish they'd been expanded.
It all went wrong from the first page for me because I absolutely hated the main character Bree, she was so unrealistic to how teenagers are these days and I felt like I was reading about a girl from the 1960's rather than present time. There were a lot of flaws with the realism, for example no fourteen year old would say "I'm only fourteen" if a boy tried to hold her hand. It was just very old fashioned.
I enjoyed the family aspect of this book and how close Bree was with her mother (sometimes a bit too close to be realistic) and her siblings. One of my favourite things was her relationship with step-dad Jim, it was refreshing to read a book where the main character gets on with their step parent rather than hating them.
I also really liked how the story ended, it wrapped up nicely and I didn't feel like there were any loose ends that had been left unanswered.
There were times where I found myself quite enjoying it but the actual writing left me unable to give this book more stars unfortunately.