2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

GUEST REVIEW: Irresistable - Liz Bankes

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
GENRE: New Adult
PAGES: 224
PUBLISHER: Piccadilly Press
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 3 Stars

When Mia gets a summer job in a country club, it's a chance to see into a whole world of privilege and passion she's never imagined. Thankfully there's Dan to keep her feet on the ground. He's laid-back, funny and could be the perfect person to go travelling with when the summer's over. But behind everything that happens in the summer, there's Jamie. Wealthy and sexy, he's got everything he could ever want, and enjoys nothing more than messing with people's lives for his own entertainment. Mia knows that any relationship with Jamie is a bad idea, but as she's drawn into his dangerous and madly exciting world, she finds the one thing she can't stop is herself.

Irresistible is essentially a book about a sixteen year old girl who has just finished her GCSEs and decides to get a job at a posh restaurant where she meets two boys, and a typical love triangle begins.

Although the book is well written and did keep me entertained, it was not a great work of literature. It lacked in depth and thought, and was quite unoriginal- a plot that I have seen many times, where the girl falls for both the nice guy who seems to be completely head over heels for her, and the bad boy, who is quite ruthless towards her- and yet she still somehow falls for him. I have never understood love triangles to be honest; I find them quite boring and predictable; but that being said, the book was a fun read nevertheless. 

The ‘nice’ boy, Dan, is quite… nice? His and Mia’s (the main character) relationship is cute, but definitely lacked in chemistry from her part, I felt quite sorry for Dan- he suffered due to Mia’s childishness. And Jamie is a bit of a bad boy, a little overly so and I do want to go and slap some sense into him. Mia did make me grit my teeth and clench my fists a lot (The book did definitely grab me). She is young and inexperienced, but her choices are just awful, even for her. She somehow always manages to hurt someone and even then thinks that she is the only victim. Character wise, the book wasn’t so great.

I don’t want this review to be all bad, so I’ll end on the positives. Like I have previously stated, the book is a very fun and easy read, some of the characters do crack some jokes now and then that make me smile, and both boys are definitely attractive (in my mind anyway), which makes everything better doesn’t it? 

Overall, although not the best book ever, I did thoroughly enjoy it and I would recommend it if you’re just looking for something light and fun to read on holiday maybe? Not sure if I’ll be picking up another Liz Bankes book anytime soon though…

- Maryam

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