Series: Keatyn Chronicles #1
Publisher: Self Published on September 1, 2012
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Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She's popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.
She's just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren't all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It's exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn't sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she's crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.
“‘At some point in their life, every person has to strike out on their own.'”
“‘A relationship should be defined by your feelings not by a status.'”
“‘Keatyn baby, come see The Cushman,’ a tipsy Brandon Cushman says to me.”
I cannot deny that the book kept me laughing! Keatyn, albeit naive and somewhat stupid, had some pretty entertaining thoughts, as well as entertaining actions. For example:
“Damn Disney, and all their happily-ever-after, unrealistic, bullshit stories.”
“This laugh is deep and sexy. It’s kind of a growl. Grrr, baby, grrr.”
I mean, who wouldn’t laugh at that? However, Keatyn’s character as a whole didn’t do it for me. I hate to say it, but she was pretty irritating; she was like a ping pong ball bouncing between different guys. And the sad thing is, it was pretty realistic. Girls nowadays tend to fall blindly in love, just to get hurt.
However, Keatyn always felt like an older character to me, what with all the things that she was doing. Turns out, she’s just a sophomore. That, I think, was a little unrealistic. But just a little. The other characters…I don’t know. I though Cushman was really cute; I was team Cushman for a majority of the novel. Brooklyn…I don’t know. Guys like him irritate me; I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it at that. Then there’s Riley, Dallas, and Aiden. I didn’t see much of them, but I definitely like them more than the others.
Now a few things absolutely got on my nerves as I was reading this novel. At first, I couldn’t figure out why the novel was called Stalk Me. It seemed like there were a thousand different plots, and that actual stalker was taking a back seat to Keatyn’s boy problems. The actually stalkerishing things didn’t happen until 3/4 the novel was over; that left me feeling confused an frustrated. Also, there were a lot of sexy times. Like, a lot. Like, they were addicted to it. It was pretty mature, and although I don’t mind sexy times, it felt very meaningless to me most of the time. The novel was also predictable, and it was easy to piece together what was going to happen next. However, some of the novel has my smiling. Parts of the romance that took place during this novel was absolutely adorable. I also loved watching Keatyn wise up and mature, and learn to stand up for herself and her beliefs. And most of all, this novel had the ability to make me tear up; despite all of it’s faults, that’s what made it worth while.
Stalk Me was an interesting read; it was hilarious and cute, and although it needs a bit of improving in my opinion, I’m still excited to read the rest of the series and see what happens in the life of Keatyn Douglas.