Pages: 400 pages
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I wasn't so sure about this one. At all. I was caught between looking forward to it and fearing reading it because I knew that I was going to either love it or hate it. I find myself a bit flummoxed because my reaction to this book is caught firmly between love and hate.
I loved Polly. I really did. She was just so darn likable. She's sweet, completely down to earth, a bit dippy but altogether lovable. She was completely free of the social climbing pretentions that plagued her foil, Alexa--social climber from Hell. Max--I have a particular weakness for heroes named Max. I just do and, really, I don't know why. He was made even more attractive by his love for animals and his complete devotion to his dog, Beano. He's an all around good dude with some, shall we say, baggage.
This book was made bearable only by the presence of Polly and Max--the only sane characters in a mess of insanity. I just have to wonder, why was there so much Alexa? I know it's fun to write about the crazy characters and Alexa's extreme craziness exhibited the differences between her and Polly but Alexa took over the book. I wanted more Polly and Max development and I just had to slog through Alexa's antics most of the time. It became exhausting after a while and it did take away some enjoyment from the book. I think I was supposed to find her funny but I just found her vexing. I wanted more of the relationship between Polly and Max. Call me crazy but I want to like the characters in the books I read and it's impossible to like Alexa.