Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Torn by K. A. Robinson

Torn (Torn #1)
by K. A. Robinson
Released: May 7, 2013
Printed by Atria Publishing
Source: For Review from Simon & Schuster Canada (Big thanks!!)

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.


           Torn is a quick read that can be finished in one sitting.  Once I picked it up, I was drawn into it and before I knew it half of the novel was over!  The story moves along pretty smoothly, though I found there was some repetition in word choice and what seemed to be circular/repetitive circumstances. I also went into reading this thinking it was Young Adult (my mistake!) but it is definitely New Adult, so just keep that in mind if you are/are not into that sort of thing. 

           Perhaps my biggest issue with Torn is that there are extremely sensitive topics brought up in the story that may be triggering to certain readers, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse, attempted rape, repeated cheating, and what can be perceived as pressure for intimacy even though one party expresses the desire not to be intimate.  These topics are touched upon, but never really developed deeply or resolved between characters.  I feel as though they are discussed, but never really given the chance to be explored as real issues that the characters must learn to cope with.  If the characters are shown to cope, it is only briefly touched upon, but not fully explored.  I felt disappointed with this approach.  However, I was very pleased to see that the end of the novel has contact information for organizations that can help victims of some of the above topics.

           As for the characters, I found Chloe to be likable for the most part.  I cannot say that I felt any connection to any of them, nor did I form any real book crushes on the male protagonists.  There were times when I liked each character, but there were often times when I felt let down by them.

           Overall I enjoyed this read, especially since it seemed to flow so easily.  K. A. Robinson is definitely able to draw you in with her talent and way with words.  I will continue to follow Chloe's story in the sequel, Twisted. ☺

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