A 17-year old book lover from the Philippines just living a sedentary lifestyle reading books and writing reviews about them that no one reads.
My Actual Rating: 1.5 stars with the .5 star going to the author's effort for trying to make anew of this already overdone storyline.
I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. This is one of those moments when I so badly want to like a book but I just couldn't. It just really wasn't possible for me.
Okay, it wasn't that horrible. In fact, it started out pretty fine. I actually had that feeling where I thought that this could actually be a new favorite. But as the story progressed, it became much harder for me to bear. My first issue was with Sia, the main character, it felt difficult for me to connect to her at all. I just couldn't tolerate her and her stupidity. I get it, she just had an amnesia. But I don't think it also involved losing her common sense too. I mean, who the hell accepts dinner from a stranger?? Even six-year olds already know not to.
Next issue was the way her adjustment back to her old life was laid out. This is where it started going to the point where it became way too unrealistic for me. Where every issue from her mother's alcohol problem to her parents' failing marriage got solved in just the blink of an eye. It felt like the author avoided any conflict. Problems and issues were effortlessly solved with Sia and her family easily moving on with their lives.
Everything about Sia's old life screams cliché all over it. It seemed like the author really intended to write another one of those cheesy 80's high school movies just with the amnesia subplot thinking that it would add more depth to the story. Well, I'm afraid it didn't work. The whole concept wasn't organized well.
Sometimes with books like these, I still could actually say in the end that it had potential or that it could've been better. I'm afraid that couldn't be the case here with Sia. You really would be surprised with how the book really is so different from what the blurb suggests. It isn't really that special at all.
I am utterly disappointed.
***A arc copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***