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Book Retrospection aka Review: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

When I'm Gone

When I’m Gone (A Rosemary Beach Novel #11) By Abbi Glines

Publisher: Atria Books

Publishing Date: 7 April 2015

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary (Mature Content)

Format: Ebook, Purchased on my Nook

My Rating: 3/5 Stars


My Review:

Hey Bookworms! I am finally summoning up the bravery to do another review… So I hope you all enjoy it, but it may sound a little like rambling since this is off the cuff. I read this book last week, so the thoughts are still fresh! As always the link is in the title for a synopsis on goodreads because I don’t want to make this post too long! I am going to try to break this up into section as best as I can, so I hope you guys can follow this okay… This may be a little spoilery though in the reasons I did not like it, so if you haven’t read it be warned!

Reasons Why I Picked it Up:

So if you have read some of my very first posts I think I mentioned Abbi Glines was my introduction to the genre of New Adult. I devoured her Fallen Too Far series and because of that I picked up her other stuff too.  When I found out that this series was going to follow the love stories of other characters I liked; I didn’t hesitate to buy those as well. This turned the series into what is known as The Rosemary Beach Series. Now each of the love stories in the series is a series within itself, so you don’t have to start with book one. So here are my reasons:

  1. Now I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but if I start a series and don’t hate the first book I have to pick up the rest. I feel committed to know what will happen to these characters because by reading the first book I open the doors to their lives.
  2. I needed a quick read and I knew this had come out recently, and I knew the love scenes would fill the ache in my heart or make it worse either way I would feel
  3. I really had liked Mason in Harlow’s, (his little sister) story, and hoped to see his southern ways and hear a nice accent in my head
  4. Mason is a cowboy! Need I say more???

What I Didn’t Like:

  1. I have read this overall series since it first came out in 2012, so three years of reading Abbi Glines couples in this series… And what I realized is she’s created her own cliché:
  • For the guys: “I took in the longest damn legs I’ve ever seen” (10) I swear each one of her males have said something to this accord. There has to be some other way to put this compliment or another way to have them notice it. It is just getting repetitive at this point. Not saying there is another way to put this
  • For the girls: They notice their man’s thighs again it’s just the oddest time they notice them. This may be a personal thing though because I don’t see the turn on? I wish she would have each girl appreciate different things. All these girls are starting to blend. I mean not every girl is attracted to the same features
  1. The lack of Birth control for the girls: Being the 11th book and one of a couple that isn’t on the pill because she is a virgin really bothered me. I was on the pill when I was 18 with no plans of being sexually active, but it was a way of being in control of my body in a small way. Just because a girl is on the pill does not negate the fact she is innocent
  2. The lack of condoms with the males, although in the books the boys are clean of STD’s. It worries me that the girls take them at their word for it. Being a young parent can be a fear for some women and I feel she does not address this issue. (Please do not think I am a prude because yes the scenes themselves are still yummy, but the lack of protection nags at my back of my brain the whole time)

What I Did Like

  1. How patient Mase is with Reese especially when she is fragile and unconfident. He is gentle and coaxes her
  2. The pure emotions of this book in the case of Reese, maybe it is what I am going through personally, but I really connected with her.
  3. Jimmy! If you have read the other books you know what I mean. Every girl needs friends like him and he brings food he is AMAZING!
  4. Brings awareness to disabilities that are looked over too often
  5. Sense of humor throughout this book as always there were a few parts that make me giggle out loud.

Wrapping it Up

So overall I did really like the book, but this one being her 11th book in the series the clichés just were too much. There were more I could mention, but I didn’t want it to sound like a crusade (and I really hope it doesn’t). These are issues I think as part of the age group of these characters need to be brought to light. There needs to be awareness in this day and age. I wanted to quote a love scene, but realized it was long. I hope my review wasn’t too harsh. I commit to a series and finish it to the end, and I do love these couples even if I disagree with their choices at times. I hope I can write a happier review next time. This is my fourth review, so please feel free to tell me what I could do better on, or what you liked

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