Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins (Something in the Way #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: New Adult/College

Publisher: Self pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

I feel odd saying this, but this is my first Jessica Hawkins book. I adore the cover and the blurb really peaked my interest. However, that’s where it all ended.

Lake and her sister Tiffany could not be any more different. Lake makes her dad proud, accomplishes academic excellence whereas Tiffany just barely skated through high school and is still not mature enough to make it in the world. Their parents let Tiffany do whatever she wanted, hell, she’s 19 and has no job, lives at home and spends their money like it’s her job. Lake just feels she’s not as pretty and is not permitted to do things Tiffany did at her age and is EXTREMELY naïve.

My issues were this story are this…

It was just way to slow. It goes on and on how Lake is smart and Tiffany is a freeloader. Yeah, I think we all figured that out in the first two chapters.

Lake seemed extremely well educated but way to immature for a 16-year-old. I have a 16-year-old who has a 4.4 GPA but you know what? She knows what goes on at parties, and knows about sex, and what kids her age do. I’m sorry but no one at the age of 16 is that naïve.

Manning, he seems like a lovely guy. Maybe he would be even better if he hung out with people his own age. A 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 23-year-old hanging out just gives me the creeps. If he were 17 or maybe even 18, it probably wouldn’t bother me but the age difference was just too much. He seemed ok using Tiffany to stay close to Lake. Huh? Why? Because you know it’s weird to be hanging around a 16-year-old!!!! And when Manning kept comparing Lake to his sister…uh…no thank you.

Something in the Way just was not the book for me. I ended up skipping just about every other chapter. I felt the story dragged on and on. At the end of the book, it just stopped. I didn’t feel as though it was a cliffhanger…it just stopped. I wasn’t intrigued as to what happens next and will not continue the series.

I give Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1) by Jessica Hawkins 1 star

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