by K.A. Robinson
Series: Torn #1
Published by Atria Books Release date : May 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.
On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.
Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.
Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold-hearted womanizer and change every part of him?
Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Well. I haven’t the slightest idea where to start. I am pretty Torn (HA!) on how to express my feelings about this book. There are quite a few things I liked, but also a few things I didn’t. So, let’s just break it down.
Chloe, with her tragic past and two close friends, has no thoughts on guys or dating. Until meeting Drake. As the two grow closer, Logan confesses his feelings for Chloe and in turn, is put in the middle between the two. In her decision to choose, she ends up tearing everyone apart. Including herself.
I can see a lot of people having issues with this. Cheating and a love triangle. I don’t mind these things in books, because they happen. They’re real and not every relationship is sunshine, rainbows and roses. Yes, they have their ups and downs but being able to see a relationship build itself back up from something like this, or just seeing how an author will handle their characters in these situations, is something not a lot of them are willing to do. Robinson does an awesome job at it. While there were a lot of clichés and it is pretty much your standard NA formula here, Torn is different too.
Regardless of all the stupid decisions that Chloe made, I really liked her. She was funny, witty and just different. Yes, with her traumatic past (which was told UPFRONT. Thank you, for that) she has her insecurities. She is just trying to the make the best out of her life and situation. You can’t help who you love– and although I wanted to straggle Chloe for majority of the book due to her stupid thoughts, decisions and for actually falling for Drake, you can’t help but almost feel sorry for her.
Now, for the boys. To be quite honest, I didn’t care either one of them. Drake, with his tattoos, multiple piercings and band; was a womanizer and man whore. Not only that, he was a hypocrite and led Chloe on just as much as she led on Logan. I was rather pissed that he had nerve to get onto Chloe and be all kinds of “torn up” about her and Logan together, when he told her to be with him. His “excuse” for his man whore ways was just that, an excuse. There could be some legit reasoning behind it, since I have seen people with addiction problems move to something else to satisfy themselves once they quit. Logan, was always so hot and cold. Loving, sweet and “perfect” at times to- controlling and angry the next. I hated that he told Chloe to “stay away” from Drake on more than one occasion. How about NO. The whole best friends become lovers thing isn’t MY thing and I am only a fan of it in two cases, so he had that going against him from the start.
The situation. The first and biggest mistake in my opinion that Chloe made, was getting with Logan. You can just tell from her inner monologue that she doesn’t really want to be with him and frankly, had he not confessed his feelings for her from the get go, the thought never would have crossed her mind. Of course she doesn’t want to hurt him, that’s obvious, but she was the one the was suffering in that situation. I can’t help but wonder if she did this because that is what she’s use to. On top of that, there were several times that she could have come clean, but didn’t. Bye-Bye pity. Yet, she knows what she did is wrong and feels the guilt and knows she is selfish.
The resolution. I had to applaud her for walking away from both. She needed to get her shit together and even though she should have done that– months before, she was in the right mind to do it then. As I mentioned, I didn’t care for either guy, but between the two I am glad she got with who she did in the end.
Overall- I thought this was a well written, angst filled story about a girl with issues and trying to find her ground. Not for everyone though. I’m curious to check out Twisted after that small cliffhanger ending.