Written By: Debra Doxer.
Category: Romance, Teen & YA.
Publisher: Maybe Self Published?
Release Date: July 28th, 2015.
Synopsis: Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school. Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.
Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.
My Thoughts: First off, I would like to say that I did not like Candy, she thinks she is better than she is. From the beginning she gives off this bitch aura, and I couldn’t stand it! She “Craves Drama”…Girl sit down! She is a wreck, she plans her every move because she always needs to screw everything up. As for her being such a “Badass”, I beg to differ. Putting a rotten fish in your cheating boyfriends car is nothing. Gluing the door handles on his car…Nothing! They made it seem like she did something VERY horrible. I thought she killed his dog or something. What she did to that girl was bad, but what she did to her boyfriend…Not so “Badass”.
Something about the story that never really added up was the timing. For example, if felt like she was at her new school for at lease 3 months, but then she mentioned that it had only been a month. Then when Theo came for a visit, he was there and then the next minute she was dropping him off at the bus station. A lot seems to be happening in such a short period of time.
Her dad is very suspicious. She’s at the age where she knows something’s up, she been knowing for YEARS, so give it up old man! Is he a Spy? Is he an Assassin? It seemed like the world may never know! The funny part about it is that we are told he is a Assassin in the book description, but then they want to act like it’s a big secret…Really!? I don’t get why he encourages her behavior. Aren’t you supposed to want better for your children? Maybe he doesn’t seem that way all the time, but when it really matters it’s like, What the hell is wrong with you Sir!? Like when he found out she set up that girl from her old school, it was like he was proud of her… 🙄 Why does she want to do what her dad does so much? What is so appealing about it?
I’m sorry but Parker is a sad excuse of a human being, and a PSYCHOPATH!. She needs to be locked up somewhere by herself. She could have gotten Jonah into a butt load of trouble just because he didn’t go out with her/he gave her racy pictures back? What a Psycho! All of the characters seemed to be having some kind of problem. Is it that hard to have at least ONE normal character?
The description of Jonah’s eye/scar was a little unsettling, how many times can she mention his scar before it becomes too much? It’s like, Okay, I GET IT!
“Jonah smiled around his food, then he did something surprising. He picked up his napkin, reached across the table, and gently wiped my chin clean.” Really? that was surprising? This book was an over the top cliche..it hurt! I think that’s what made me not really like it the most. I read A LOT of YA Contemporary books, and they are mostly all full of cliches, but this one takes the cake. It’s just so amazing how all of Theo’s text, at the beginning of each chapter, matches what she is about to face(That was a joke!). Jonah and Candy’s relationship was so predictable. I knew there was something about him that had to do with her father.
Sadly, there were a lot of parts in Like Candy, that I had to skim over, like the unnecessary rambling or dialogue between two characters that did really do anything for the main story. I know I didn’t like this book as much as I was hoping to, but I’m probably gonna give the second book Sweet Liar a chance because A) I have it and B) I heard it’s much better than the first. But we’ll see…I was gonna give Like Candy 2.5 Stars, but it got a little better near the end so I gave it, 3 Stars.
P.S. I have a feeling there is more going on with her dad then we think. Something is not right with him. I have a feeling they are pulling some Law & Order type Sh*t!