REVIEW: Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

From Goodreads:

Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?Teenager Carrying His Girlfriend

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he’s wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they’re actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

I was not a fan of this one, guys. I got an advanced edition from NetGalley, so I thought I’d give it a try. Not my best choice. 

Riley, for starters, is irritating beyond belief. I tried to sympathize with her because she got dumped, but at a certain point, I just wanted to smack her. She is whiny and pathetic and I just couldn’t deal with her. And that goes for her two other friends as well. They’re seniors in college and one of them is engaged to some creepy older guy and the other one just likes to complain about how jealous she is. 

The romance is kind of cute but totally predictable and bland. You know that Riley and Max are going to end up together and there’s no excitement or believable suspense. Romantic plots are almost always predictable — so I’m not saying that’s what makes the book bad — it’s the poor writing, ditzy and unlikable characters, and unimaginative themes that turn me off. A story in which everyone’s lives revolve around their boyfriends is a sure fire way to guarantee I’ll hate it. That’s what this book was for me. And that’s all I have to say about that.

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