Sunday, May 15, 2011
Book Review: Take Me There by Carolee Dean
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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: Original edition (July 20, 2010)
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
My Rating: 3/5
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Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) Dylan has a bad-boy past and a criminal record. He knows that rich, beautiful Jess is way too good for him—but she has always been the one person who sees through his tough exterior and straight to his heart, and he has been hopelessly in love with her from the first time they met. He would change his life for a chance with her.
But trouble follows Dylan wherever he goes, and a deadly mistake soon forces him to hit the road and leave his dreams behind. He’s on the run and in search of answers—answers to questions he wishes he’d never asked.
Take Me There was a fast, light read. But I do not mean light in the same sense as insignificance.
There were parts in this book where I felt the same grief as some of the characters, mainly Dylan. So many bad things just keep happening to him—it makes you wonder when he will catch a break. You could feel Dylan’s need to do better—be better—a better person—but every time something is going half right for him, it all just falls apart, and Dylan is left trying once again to hopelessly pick up the pieces.
I liked Dylan as a character. I didn’t love him, but I liked him, and I truly felt bad for him whenever something went wrong (which is pretty much the whole book) and even when something happened that made him happy, because it was always the littlest things that made him happy, the things any one person would shrug off and think little of. It was heartbreaking.
Dylan’s one friend, Wage, was much the same. I didn’t like Wage much, I mean, how can you when he just keeps messing things up for Dylan and is so big a coward he either runs and hides, or breaks out the crazy and grabs a knife whenever he feels threaten? And the thing is: He doesn’t even know it. He doesn’t seem to think of any one but himself most of the time, and I really didn’t like him when it got to the end of the book. It’s almost like he had no sense of right from wrong, good from bad, and Dylan spent most of his time making sure he didn’t get into any trouble, but knowing it was already a lost case.
The romance in this novel seemed over exaggerated and I really didn’t feel the love between Jess (heroine) and Dylan. Carolee Dean wrote all of Dylan’s feelings of Jess beautifully, but I just didn’t buy it. I don’t know why, because it had the perfect set-up: The good rich girl with the rich boyfriend starts to have feelings for the bad-boy grease monkey. Bad-boy grease monkey reconnects with the girl he has pretty much loved a good part of his life. But I just didn’t feel it. I didn’t feel it when they kissed, didn’t feel it when they held hands, and didn’t feel it when something awful happens and Dylan is thinking the worst could happen to Jess.
Take Me There was exciting and very easy reading with added mystery and a bit of adventure. Not to mention the beautiful poetry that made up half of the book! I loved the little poems every other chapter, and most of the writing flowed more like poetry than just words. Dylan’s thoughts were more poetic than anything, and I really enjoyed them. But I was not so crazy about Dean’s writing style. I don’t know if the writing in Take Me There is the same as her other works—this being the first and only Carolee Dean book I’ve read—but I found some of her sentences weird and at times, confusing. It is never good to confuse your readers when not trying!
Over all, this book was an okay read, and I would love to read more of Dean’s books in the future!
“That was the day I knew I was never getting out.” –Take Me There.