Welcome to The Romantic Scholar, a book review blog. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your stay.

After an eight month long hiatus, I am back. And I could not be more excited about it.

***My comments are located at the top of my posts***

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
This book is definitely for a more mature audience. There are scenes involving sex, masochism, and illegal relations. I would not recommend that someone under the age of 15 read this book.

Cover Art:
The cover art is very simple, yet very symbolic. It really ties in well with the book. I like it a lot. And it doesn't give away things within the story, it actually leaves you quite curious.


Nicole has a not-so-secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend.

Robby would kill for true love...he's done it before.

Joy hates boys, and today they're going to pay.

Derik can get any girl, except the one he wants.

Kelly has two boyfriends, but one's in jail.

Sean just wants to do the right thing...or does he?

My Review:
This book is dedicated "For all those who bleed". It's somewhat of a dark dedication. I really enjoyed this book. much more than I thought I would. It's set up in a very interesting way. The entire book takes place in one day. But each chapter is told from a different point of view, and some of them are at the same times as other and some are continuations in a different perspective. You would think that this style wouldn't necessarily work out too great, but it's a near flawless presentation.

For one day, you follow the lives of twelve different characters. You are given insight to their secrets and to what pains them. And all of these characters are connected to each other through at least one other person. Each person has to suffer from some misfortune that has befallen them.

Stolarz does an excellent job with letting you get to know the characters in such a short time period, and it doesn't feel rushed or forced. The only issue is that once you see their hardships, you want to know more after their time is up. You want to see a grand conclusion of how everything works out for them. But part of that is the beauty of this novel, it keeps you wanting more.

This book is an excellent read and everyone can relate to at least one of the characters, if not more. The situations are so real, so believable. This book is most definitely re-readable and I would recommend it to anyone mature enough to handle the content, because we all have hardships, and we all bleed.

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