Sunday, September 15, 2013

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Title: Taking Chances
Author: Molly McAdams
Pages: 432
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
My rating: 2.5 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.97 stars
Published: October 16th 2012


Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit, she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate's brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she'd be happy.

Wow.  Okay, I've put this review off long enough, mostly because I didn't want to write it on the rage of "this is so freaking unbelievable!"  Pretty much everything is not really believable about this book, so if you're looking for an adult contemporary about something slightly realistic that you won't be wanting to smack every character {and have a serious talk with the author}, put the book down and walk away.  Fast.  That being said, I'm also going to warn you that this review will contain SPOILERS.  So, if, like me, when someone dislikes a book so much, you just have to read on and see, SPOILERS or not, then please, keep reading.  If not, close the tab on your browser.  Okay, you ready?  Here we go.  Lets start from the beginning...

Harper {our lead female} decided to go to college the furthest away from her overprotective-yet-standoffish father, which has her moving across the United States to California for school.  She was homeschooled {though I'm not sure how... I was homeschooled and a lot of work goes into that, so I'm not sure how a father who acts like she's not even there would be able to successfully homeschool her.  First unbelievable thing}, and like a good amount of homeschooled kids, she was "ignorant to the world".  Because, one thing she apparently missed, is every male on the planet was in love with you {you know, minus her father, who couldn't stand her and chose to act like she wasn't alive}.  Which becomes apparent to the reader her first night away at college, when she goes to her roommate's {and new BFF} brother's house {yep, he totally owns the house at the young age of 21 or 22}, and all the guys who rent rooms from him pretty much either fall in love with her or suddenly become big brothers to her.  Because that totally happens...

Harper meets all the guys, and she ends up falling for one of them {whom she meets the next day... did I mention the first night she actually stays over at BFF's brother's house and sleeps with him?  And by sleeping, I actually mean sleeping.  All cozied up in his bed together, wasted, and he magically doesn't try to take advantage of her, even though he's already clearly a womanizer who would do so with any slightly attractive female who has breath in her body... are you keeping score of the unbelievable?  We're at 3...}.  Okay, so she falls for Brandon, who's apparently an all around amazing guy... who does underground fighting.  And has never lost.

<--Do you like that?  I'll try to do most my spoilers in said fashion.  So, everyone else thinks Brandon is a pretty good guy, except BFF's brother, Chance.  Who, even though he's got the hots for Harper, believes that "he's not good enough for you" {both himself and her brand-new-first-time-ever boyfriend}.  Plus, everyone finds out she's a virgin when her super drunk BFF spills that on her very first night at the guys' house {same night she happens to sleep in the same bed as the womanizer, virginity stealer brother, Chance}, which has all the males in the book either a} wanting to get her pants off, or b} protecting her even more than a good amount of brothers would.

Okay, I know I was nice hiding that spoiler up there, but I really don't think there's any way for me to really get across how much this book was so freakishly unbelievable without giving a bunch of stuff {like, everything} away... so, if you have no intention of reading this book, by all means, keep reading.  Because stuff is about to get real...

Things that drove me nuts about this book :
1} Everyone loves Harper. Even though she's an inconsiderate brat who cheats on her boyfriend with the guy she's "in love" with {aka lusting after}, gets pregnant and leaves said boyfriend for the guy who knocked her up.

2} Harper and Chance {the guy who knocks her up} don't just start dating. Oh no, they move in together, get joint bank accounts, he buys her an SUV for the baby, and decks out a nursery with high end furniture.

3} His family is beyond happy, you would think they just won Publisher's Clearing House. They are SO excited that Harper is pregnant, and they go along with her NOT telling their son about it for about 4 months! In the meantime, she's living with his family.

4} She tells Brandon she's pregnant shortly after finding out, and begs him not to tell Chance. So he doesn't. For about 3 months.

5} After Chance suddenly dies {yep, I did it... biggest spoiler ever}, her "familly" {as she refers to BFF and Chance's parents as "Mom" and "Dad" and acts like they're her real parents} is pretty much gung-ho for her to get back together with Brandon. Which she does.

6} Her and Brandon get back together and buy a townhouse. With the money from Brandon's bank account. Because, apparently, this guy is so stinkin' rich he can do that. Oh, and I'm pretty sure Harper was able to keep all of Chance's money in their joint account. Even though I'm pretty sure that would go to his parents and they would probably want to put it aside in a trust fund for his child when said child turned 18. Just a thought.

7} She has the baby in record time, doesn't feel any real pain in labor, and is back to her pre-baby body within the first week. This was one of the parts I had a difficult time with, because not only that, but her first time having sex after having the baby is amazing and completely painless {not when its only a month or so after having the baby... you're not even allowed to for 6 weeks so you can properly heal!}. As you can tell by earlier blog posts, I had a baby several months ago. While I was up to going out for small periods of time the first couple weeks, because of being so sleep deprived and my body was getting used to not having a baby and all the extra fluid/blood/hormones that come with that, I really didn't get out and stay out that much. I had a really quick, super easy labor {no drugs at all}, and it was painful. Like, one of the worst pains in my entire life kind of painful. But apparently Harper can have a baby without pain and bounce back like nobody's business. Okay...

Alright... I'm going to stop there... this review is way too long, and, if you've read through it to this paragraph, here's a huge pat on the back.  Also, remember, this book is more of a fantasy than some of the ones I've read under that subject in a while.  Life is not anything like this, fictional work or otherwise.

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