This has been a rough week. Sometimes reading helps me to get out of my own head, and sometimes it doesn’t. I feel like I had a really hard time concentrating whenever I tried to read this week, and as a result, it took me forever to get through this book. I’m not sure if I’m going to even try picking up a new book anytime soon, so I apologize in advance if I’m AWOL for awhile.
That being said…I had high hopes for this book, because not only do I love figure skating, I also love boy/girl-next-door romances. I’m also discovering that I enjoy dual POVs. But unfortunately, this one kind of fell flat for me. Here’s why:
1. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Aside from the fact that Maddy and Gabe live next door to each other, have known each other, and been skating together for a lifetime, I couldn’t understand their romance. There was nothing even remotely likeable about Gabe, from my perspective. He’s a complete player and despite that, Maddy has been fawning over him for years? I just couldn’t buy into that.
2. So this may be a personal pet peeve of mine, as I do have such a background in figure skating. But, Maddy’s working on and landing a TRIPLE AXEL and she’s a pairs skater? Um, no, that’s not how it works in reality. Figure skater girls always start out as singles skaters. If they’ve reached a certain level of ability and sort of plateaued, and are petite and tiny enough to be tossed around by a guy, they look into starting a career in pairs. If a girl skater was doing a triple axel, or any of the other more difficult triple jumps, there’s just NO WAY she would be a pairs skater. And also, skaters conduct national, and sometimes even international, searches to find a pairs partner. It’s just a little unbelievable to me that Maddy and Gabe grew up next door to each other and grew up to be this world-class pairs team.
3. There were SO many skating references, even in places where they weren’t necessary. Okay, we get it, this is a book about skating! I just felt like I was being hit over the head with all of the references to it.
So, yeah. To sum up: blah. That’s how I felt upon closing this book, and that’s still how I feel as I’m writing about it now.