Monday, July 22, 2013

[Review] Avoiding Commitment - K.A. Linde

Released: July 29th, 2013

Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he's ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can't believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah's hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.

"You were the only one I saw when I closed my eyes." "Then why wasn't I enough when they were open?"

I was expecting so much from this book because the ratings were good and there are so many terrific reviews on this. So I tried it out. I'm not sure what to say about it other than it was a so-so kind of novel. It was up and down, fast-paced, back and forth. Kind of like jumbled up all over.

Though, I must admit that I absolutely love the way K.A. Linde revolved between Lexi's past and present. It gives us an insight on how she dealt with him in the past, how their relationship was, and compared it to how it was today.

Jack and Lexi have this connection. It's like they're always with the right person at the wrong time. It's either the fact that Jack's in a relationship, or Lexi's the one dating, and maybe even both! They are never at the right place and time. But they have this fire that's been blazing for so long and it's so hard for Lexi to put it out that she becomes so attached to Jack, she can't even stay with one guy long enough. I kind of felt bad for her.

So, Lexi. She's actually this vivacious, attractive and stunning woman. She can capture men's attention in the room and she can have her first pick. She's strong-minded, intelligent and stubborn as hell.

But there's only one teensy little issue. Jack.
"And Lexi had to deal with that fact. She had to deal with knowing that he hadn't chosen her. He didn't want her."
She is so obsessed and in love with Jack that she's blinded by her surroundings. Lexi has so many great friends that care so much for her well-being, especially Chyna. I love Chyna's character because she was rooting for Lexi to get over Jack. She needed to. Lexi still hasn't gotten over him even after all those years and it's bringing her down.
"I did those things because of my lack of control. When you touch me, Jack, I completely succumb to you. I give into your every whim."
I'm guessing that it's because Jack's her first love and all but he's such a fucking idiot. I fucking hated him. I felt so bad for Lexi because she's still so in love with him that she can't see what a true jackass he was. She had to learn how to let him go. But, their whole relationship is a never-ending, torturous cycle. They get together, they're apart, they date other people, end up together again. And repeat.
"She had worked a year to get him out of her life as much as she possibly could. He always had a place in her heart since she had loved him so obsessively for such a long time, but she had been able to extract herself from him to an extent."
Lexi felt like this but she couldn't help it:

I guess Jack would be the other main character in the story as he was the love interest. But, God, I honestly wanted to murder his character. I wish he'd just stop giving Lexi false hope by saying that they'll be together someday, but he needs more time.
Lexi: "I wanted answers." | Jack: "And I don't have any."
What a fucking dick. I mean seriously, all she wanted was closure. She needed him to just make a fucking decision. But he just keeps stringing her along, as if she'd always be there for him to use. He's draining her whole life. She's wasting her time, pining for him every single second. Once she starts to walk away, he says things like this:
"You have always been what I want. I just made mistakes along the way. I told you that I would make it up to you, that I would show you what I could be for you, if you would only let me."
So, after he says these things, they're together. And he leaves again. He just has Lexi for his own convenience, the fucking prick.

I was praying the whole time for Lexi, "JUST DUMP HIS SORRY ASS AND JUMP ON RAMSEY!" Oh Ramsey. At first, I thought he was merely interested in her physically. But by the end of the book, he was really considerate and it was as if he really cared for her. Ugh, I think it may be my new otp since I hate Jack.

I'm not sure if I'm going to read the sequel because I was actually pretty happy with the ending. I would've given this 0.5 less if it wasn't for the ending. The only things that saved this book were the ending, Lexi finally doing the right thing, and the author's writing style. Oh, and Chyna! Love that girl ;)

Minor Faults:
  • It was too repetitive. Sure, Lexi was in love with him but it was the same thing over and over.
  • Jack's a complete jackass and I want to murder him. But I guess that was part of his character.



About The Author:

K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end. She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.

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