This is the continuation of my journey of trying out an odd, not overly hyped young adult book in the hopes of finding a book I kind of like; so far I've tried The 5th Wave and Beautiful Creatures, both of which fell into the "meh" category. I am not sure if Golden Boy classifies as young adult; it's definitely not your typical example and was a well-written book. But I'm not sure and I didn't find an answer from the Internets.
Shatter Me is one of the two books I've given 1 star rating this year (Beautiful Creatures being the other one). The reason I picked up this one for an attempted read was because I read that the writing was a bit different and "something special" and since one of my main complaints of the YA books I've read is usually overly simplistic prose, I figured that maybe I could at least enjoy Shatter Me for its text, if nothing else.
I was wrong. There is such thing as "worse than simple and boring-ish writing" and that is overdone, trying-too-hard, using-weird-techniques-just-for-the-sake-of-it writing. I would be willing to give Mafi props for trying to use different things and styles in the book, but it was just SO ANNOYING. Let's see if I can make a mini-review that would reflect how I felt about this book in the same vein that it was written...
The main character of this book, Juliette, overly
emotional girl with no knowledge how stunning and sexy she is because
she hasn't seen herself she hasn't looked into a mirror for exactly 3 years 2 days 16 hours 300 seconds.
She likes a boy so much her jaw drops every time she sees him and all those breaths she didn't even know she was holding.
The world building was lacking in this dystopian piece
for my taste, at least, and the idea that we get revealed towards the end is something that has already been done once
fourty two times before.