Entangled Collateral by K. E. Radke
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: November 19th 2015
Length: 293 pages
Synopsis: It was supposed to be a simple photography gig. Brooke Hudson never wanted to be a pawn in an investigator’s scheme, or working with the ex-boyfriend that broke her heart. Her daily life battles used to consist of finishing college, job hunting, and avoiding traffic. But her mundane routine was disrupted by the promise of a large amount of cash to help find a missing person, and take down a crooked CEO.
If Brooke had known exactly what she was getting into from the start, she might have had second thoughts. Her idea of fun isn’t trying to captivate men she has no interest in, or appealing to their every whim. And she never thought someone would deliberately try to kill her. All she wanted was a job, and in a fit of desperation, she’s gambling in a high stakes game with her life.
Review: I guess there is a first time for something… The truth is, I started reading Entangled Collateral a few weeks ago and I gave up. I then started again, because I really wanted to write about it. I received a free copy of this book from the author and it is really important for me to support creativity here at NABP, so I was really, really rooting for it to be good so that I can promote it…
Unfortunately, I started reading it again this week and I just didn’t manage to finish the book, no matter how much I tried.
I like the idea behind the book. A college student gets involved in something that’s more dangerous than she thought, she gains some new friends and, of course, there is a romantic side to her newly found relationships.
The problem that I found initially was how weirdly the book is written. It’s in the first person and most of the time it feels like listening to a story told by a friend who cannot focus. In the very first chapter, we learn about the habits of main character’s mum during a description of the protagonist entering the hallway. Believe me, those details are still not relevant halfway into the book.
What really put me off was the problem with facts – I found at least one situation where it is clearly stated that a person isn’t present and they suddenly are present in the next paragraph with no explanation. And don’t get me started on the characters…
The story features several persons, but the main ones are 2 girls and 3 guys. I really couldn’t click with any of them. The protagonist always seemed distracted and the first-person narration gave the impression if being rushed. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if it was twice as long, but the situation had time to develop more naturally!
The guys featured range from total douche to barely acceptable. I’m not rooting for any of them because I honestly don’t wish anyone dating guys like them. These characters didn’t make me feel nice in any way, just annoyed. I also found the protagonist naive and impulsive.
While my opinions about this book are heavily on the negative side and I’m not usually the person to give up on a book, I would say that this is probably influenced by my changed perspective on life. See, would have found this book in my early teenage years, I probably would have liked it a little bit. At the moment, I just cannot wrap my head around the facts in the story and how stupid the characters act. I also really dislike how disrespectful the guys in this book are towards the girls involved. I can understand that this is part of the setting – it comes with the job and all, but it just doesn’t go down well with me. To be frankly honest, I didn’t finish reading because I was getting upset reading about the not-so-subtle romance side of the story.
Overall, I think I shouldn’t rate a book which I didn’t fully read, so it will be no rating today. I did a little search on Goodreads and I can see plenty of people enjoyed the book. Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts!
Until next Sunday,
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