December 20, 2012

Speed Date: Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine

The Deal: Every day, 18 year olds Sophie and Carter deal with things that most other high school seniors never even have to think about. Sophie is in charge of her three younger siblings (The Littles, as she calls them) and is trying to keep them afloat while their mother - who is a hooker - disappears for weeks and weeks on end. 

The abuse that his father dealt for years left Carter with scars all over his body, and left his mother a little out to of reality, so now he has to take care of her and help her fight the aliens and bunnies and bugs that haunt her every waking moment.

Sophie and Carter live right next to each other and are best friends - even if they pretend not to know each other at school - and, over the years, they have formed their own family unit. They are also deeply in love with each other, even if they haven't realized yet.

My Thoughts: I remember seeing Sophie and Carter around a while ago, and I bought it once that it was, like 99 cents, but it kind of fell off my radar, until now. I liked Sophie and Carter as a characters and the story was okay - even if it was a trauma porn - they have to deal with really stressful stuff but find comfort in each other and they don't shrink their responsibilities.

The thing was that, well, it read like a fanfic: from the length to the character development and the language, everything added to the feel of "this is a fanfic, a very good one but just that."

So, if you ever see it on sale at 99 cents, feel free to check it out, but at it's current price of 2.99 for the ebook or 7.95 for the paperback, it's just too much. It's not even that long. Honest. 100 pages tops. 

What's a Book Speed Date, you ask? It's a quickie review--about 150 words or so--of any genre book (variety is the spice of life, after all).

If you want to join in or just read other speed date reviews, check out The Book Swarm

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