People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.
Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye’s plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she’s become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. THE BODIES WE WEAR will be available on September 23rd, 2014.
This book started off AMAZING. The world-building, the drug culture and the characters themselves were believable, realistic and haunting. The book drew me in right away and I was excited to read it.
..Until Faye starts her pity-me-even-though-I’m-super-tough approach.
This method basically consists of two things. 1) Faye talks on and on about what a terrible life she’s led, all the bad things she’s done and gone through and how tough she is, meaning she doesn’t need people. During this phase which seems to repeat every five pages or so (the phase takes at least a page) Faye continually draws people in and pushes them out, yet one example of the very hypocritical way that she’s written. As if that isn’t bad enough–
–2) There are so many things that are just wrong or off about Faye’s character and the way the book is narrated through her, but one of the more annoying ones is how her desire for revenge doesn’t feel real. There are SO MANY characters in fiction that are driven by revenge, and Faye doesn’t feel genuine in any sense of this motivation. She’s cheesy and it feels like the author was trying to press all these different traits upon her, which was annoying in itself because I personally really enjoyed Jeyn Robert’s DARK INSIDE and RAGE WITHIN and thought she actually does a great job portraying these kinds of characters in those books.
This book is hard for me to talk about my opinions in terms of the themes, because I think that Roberts does a pretty good job, especially in the beginning, building up the world and showing how drugs has really taken a toll on it. Admittedly, the story’s world-building becomes a lot less everything that is was and I had expected it to be as time goes on, but I still enjoyed the story along those lines. I also admired the fact that Roberts does not take part in any slut-shaming in this story, but there are moments when she lets the characters make comments that point towards rape, and that’s not cool at all.
Overall, this book had a lot of potential but there were so many things (mainly the characters) that fell short in this story. The love interest is one of the creepy/stalker variety and the supporting characters have no dimension. The plot falls into a pit of romance and deviates away from the actual premise several times. I would not recommend this book because I believe there are much better books out there that are a lot like this that are better reads, such as maybe Ryan Graudin’s THE WALLED CITY. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 368
Series: The Bodies We Wear