Series: To Know Me #1
Released by Selfpublished on 21 August 2013
Source: Free Download
Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).
Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the "perfect boy" with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.
Seventeen-year-old Mae has been running away for a while now. She’s changed her name, changed schools, left behind her mother and friends. All because she thinks she’s cursed. Because she thinks her father, sister and grandmother died because of her. She ran away to protect her heartbroken mother, and her friends. But when she arrives in Woodson to finish the last two months of school, she realises that running away from everything isn’t the option.
I got this book for free from Amazon. I chose it because the cover looked really cool, and the summary sounded amazing as well. I have to say, I was kind of disappointed. It wasn’t what I had expected it to be.
First of all, the story felt very rushed. One moment, Mae was trying not to be noticed in class, and the next she was hanging out with Ty (who reminded me of The Almighty Johnsons’ Ty, but that’s just because of the name), accepting him kissing her on the cheek (they met a couple of days before, and they were already acting like they were a in love for years). I believe the story took part in the span of a couple of months, but to me it felt like nothing more than a week had passed between the beginning and the end of the story.
I liked Mae as a character, but I also thought she was a bit annoying at some points. She liked Harry Potter, always a plus, and she wanted to become an author; those were the things that made me like her. But the fact that she refused to believe that the deaths of her father and sister were accidents, and that her grandmother died of a heart attack, made me want to slap her sometimes.
I wasn’t a big fan of Ty, actually. To me it felt like he fell head over heels in love with Mae from the first time he saw her. I personally don’t really believe in love at first sight, and I just thought it was a bit annoying that he kept on badgering her about showing her around the school, taking her to prom. I mean the moment he said (and I quote): “If you don’t agree to go to prom with me, I won’t leave you alone. Everyone in the school will know how much I want you to be my date. I will top every other date proposal any girl at this school has ever seen. I will stand on the roof of the school. I will write on every whiteboard in every classroom. I will follow you around like a lost puppy.” I just mentally told Mae to get the hell away from him. Seriously, if a girl says no, she means no and she doesn’t mean ‘convince me’. I think he said all of this to her only a couple of days after they’d met. Stalker much?
In the end, I wasn’t a fan or To Know Me, mainly because it just felt weird in my opinion. At several points in the story, I actually felt like closing the file and not finishing the book, but I just wanted to know if Mae was really cursed with a ‘if i get too close to people they will die’ virus, or if it was really something else. Yeah, well, I kind of felt like I was lured into reading this book with the nice cover and the promising summary. Such a shame.