Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: November 11th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 3.5 stars
The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.
When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.
Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.
The girl worth the most points? Sadie.
Warning: There are spoilers!
I skim-read most of this book because I didn’t find it that interesting. The plot seemed to consist of Sadie’s experiences going to class and various other daily activities and the characters weren’t well developed. There were also chapters that mainly consisted of online updates about the Hit List on the school’s tumblr. I also didn’t like Sadie’s character. I understood that she was struggling with abandonment issues but she would constantly complain and take her anger out on or push away people who were trying to help her..so after a while, I just got frustrated. She also doesn’t seem to care about the fact that other people, apart from her, got hurt by The Hit List. After finding out who’s behind it, I couldn’t believe she just pulled a “forgive and forget.” I mean, what about the other victims? This is a game of sexual conquest!! Why would she think it’s okay to not hand in the person who is responsible for it just because she (barely) knows that person.
But I did like Luke because he tries to help Sadie with her abandonment issues. However, his character isn’t that well developed and we learn most of the things about him from what other people say and what Sadie therefore thinks. My perception of his character changed a lot throughout the book until I was finally shipping him with Sadie..but, sorry just have to say this, the romance is predictable too.
The ending was also really disappointing. The plot twist was unexpected, yes, but also frustrating because that was it. The story was perfectly wrapped up or something but I felt like there were still issues waiting to be addressed. I mean, yay she finally gets over Patrick and how he let her fall but she up until that point (so like 90% of the book) she’s a hot mess and takes out her anger on other people. Sadie just takes too long to realize that yeah, shit happens, but the only thing you can do is move on with your life.