Book Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson

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I detest this book. A lot. It is your typical, unoriginal New Adult book. I am completely flabbergasted at how a book like this could have received so many glowing reviews. It’s drama after drama after drama, and it just never stops. The book forgoes any plot whatsoever for the sake of a drawn out and messed up love triangle. I like my romance with a plot, please.

Plot: What plot? The nonexistent one? This book is pure romance, and the saddest part is that there could have been a plot here. Unfortunately, what was remotely interesting in this book was treated with no care and thrown aside like garbage. It just goes on and on with the love triangle and Chloe feeling conflicted. I had to force myself to finish. Every “twist” was predictable and boring.

Characters: Chloe is your average New Adult main character. She’s beautiful, but she doesn’t know it. She has blond hair, blue eyes, and”blemish-free fair skin.” Everyone calls her a porcelain doll, but she’s not pretty. Give me a break. She’s blonde, but she makes a point of telling us that she’s not like any other blonde.  She wears rock t-shirts. Gasp. A girl not wearing pink and frilly things? Noooooo. Is such a thing even possible?

I couldn’t bring myself to like Chloe. She is judgmental and hypocritical, and I found myself annoyed with her throughout the book. She makes stupid mistakes. This would be fine and dandy because no one is perfect, but she goes and makes the same mistakes again and again. You expect me to relate to this girl? You expect me to sympathize with this girl who strings two boys along and goes out with one of them to forget the other, blames the world for her problems, and indulges more often than not in self pity? Really?

Moving along, Drake and Logan are some of the most boring love interests that I have ever had the displeasure of reading. They are just so clichéd. You’ve got your obsessive and protective friend who’s been in love with Chloe since forever, and you’ve got your bad boy rocker with a tough exterior and a soft interior like a friggin lobster. Their dialogues with Chloe are so cheesy and seemed like it was taken from other New Adult books. It was just terrible.

Romance: I’m aware that this is somewhat of a spoiler, but I feel that I have a duty to warn readers of this beforehand. There is cheating in this book. Cheating is not okay. I understand that people make mistakes, but making that same mistake more than once is unforgiveable. If you really felt bad about it, you wouldn’t have kept it from your significant other and go on to do it again. And you would absolutely not try to justify it by saying it’s only to get it out of your system.

The romance also stars my favourite (please note the sarcasm) aspect of a book: instalove. Chloe is just special. Drake is your average New Adult manwhore, but Chloe is the one. He can tell from the beginning. They’re instantly important to each other. I don’t even know what to say other than no. After meeting him for I think less than forty-eight hours, she is instantly jealous of every girl he flirts with. Obviously, they’re all sluts, but not her. She’s special. Ugh.

Overall, this is book is pretty bad. It has slutshaming, instalove, love triangles, etc. It’s straight out romance with little to no plot, and I would not recommend this to anyone. I shall not be reading the next installment in this series. Putting a cliffhanger at the end of the book doesn’t make up for all the awfulness in every other page of the book.