Title: Count on Me
Author: Melyssa Winchester
I suppose most would categorize this as the typical YA romance. The bad boy and the quiet girl fall for each other. I don't. Count on Me goes farther than that; it adds in a new aspect I haven't seen in any kind of young adult novel. One character (Isabelle) has Autism while the other (Kayden) had been and was, for a little bit, completely horrible to her. There should have been no chance of anything between the two, but still love appears. Winchester takes the predictable, generic idea of good-girl-bad-boy love and turns it into a romance that is heartwarming and heartbreaking with all the twist and turns.
I hated Kayden, though. Well, for some time. I was disgusted by what he did in the past and to another character. I viewd him as a coward and a bully; he had no problem admitting that (with a more vulgar adjective '.' ). At times I wondered why Isabelle gave him any chance. It felt like he was taking advantage of her---being able to because she never had much social interaction. No real opportunity to experience or see who people are. But he didn't take advantage. This Isabelle was a warm, kind soul for cold Kayden. He acknowledged who he was and wished to change. A change that was depicted perfectly. The attempts, slight fails, doubt, and determination showed the true stuggles anyone can have. TThe same can be said for Isabelle.
Now I do have to say that the love between the two started out...like insta-attraction. One minute they ignored (or tried) each other's existence, then, in one hero-saves-damsel moment, a spark is there. They did know each other as kids and towards the novel's end an explanation is sort of given as to why the spark is sudden-not-sudden, but it still felt force at times. Not to mention the repetition throughout broke the flow I had going and when I was finished I thought of the other characters as mainly background. Something to pull into the spotlight when needed.
It's not as bad as it sounds though. That just creates all the more focus on the two lovebirds, allowing me to be more involved into their growing lov.e
My Rating: 3.5