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Sunday, April 14

Review: The Lonely by Tara Brown

the lonely

Title: The Lonely

By: Tara Brown

My Copy: Ebook from Author

BookWhisperer Rating:

One Star

The truth is subjective to what the lonely lets in.

Emalyn Spicer has lived with it for a long time. She thinks it goes back further than her memories do. She knows it goes back further than the OCD.

When she arrives at college, her OCD's and the lonely refuse to let her have her wish to be normal.

When she meets Sebastian and starts to fall for him, she lets herself believe it's possible to outrun the things chasing her from the past. But how to you get away from the things inside of you? How do you run from yourself?

Just as she gives up and succumbs to the lonely, the unthinkable happens. She finds herself once again trapped in the dark, once again held against her will.

This time she meets the lonely head on. In the darkest corners of her mind, she discovers there is more to her world than she ever imagined. She discovers that the lonely was there for her, protecting her from herself and her secrets.

How far would you go to find yourself?

our thoughts

Contains spoilers:

I finished this book last Saturday and a took a whole week to just walk away from it so that I can give the most honest review without writing out of pure emotions. Unfortunately, there are not good emotions associated with this book. To me, this book was like four different books thrown in together with almost no connection.

I’m going to break this down so that you can see what I mean regarding these four books in one.

First book. Emalyn doesn’t know her background except that she was raised by nuns and has a severe OCD. She has decided to travel across the country to attend college with her best friend that is paid for by this anonymous guardian of Emalyn who she keeps in contact with via cell phone. She gets chauffeured around by a man who her anonymous guardian has hired and he makes it very clear she has to stick to the rules that he has laid down. Emalyn then meets a very sweet guy named Sebastian who is understanding of her OCDs and tries to work with her on them. Sweet, right? If the book stayed with this plot line, I think I could have enjoyed how it played out. But then it switched…

Second book. After a hard day of dealing with her OCDs, Emalyn’s guardian calls her and tells her he has a surprise for her to cheer her up. She is driven out to an underground parking garage where she is abducted by her guardian and tortures her for a month and makes her live in her own filth until she is supposedly cured of her severe OCD. While being tortured, Eli (her guardian) has her undercover her darkest secrets that she has kept hidden and shows how she is associated with him, and then he releases her.

Third book (where I completely lost any joy I held for this book.) Emalyn doesn’t hold any grudge against Eli for all the horrible things that he did to her. She is still in his life and switches back and forth between him and Sebastian by dating both men. Her best friend is not concerned that Emalyn is still associated with Eli after she finds out what he did to Em (she was upset by what he did but she never told Emalyn that a starting a relationship with him would be the worst idea ever. This is what best friends are supposed to do.) What I really hated was how Emalyn strung poor Sebastian around for the longest time. It made me mad because I felt like his character didn’t deserve any kind of that treatment.

Fourth book. A whole new world is brought to the forefront. I won’t go into any more detail about the plot because to me it was just more downhill for me.

I never knew what was really happening and hated how this story played out. This was so sad for me because I really had hope for this book and was expecting so much.

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