Well well well! What do we have here? A total one-click winner (and bargain priced, at that!). Romantically angsty and tumultuous, but nothing too crazy. Well… hrmmm… crazy enough to have you furious and wanting to chuck your Kindle at times, but umm… just not unforgivable. Well… then again… Lets just say don’t get too comfortable, ’cause this love story takes plenty of emotional turns. Prepare for upheaval. Prepare to be pi$$ed! And prepare to encounter at least ONE scene in this book that will have you remembering your own “Once upon a time…” like that (and not always in a good way).
*phew* This one was awesome. And you know what? I did it again… Amy, my trusted reading bud has been recommending this one to us for weeks (months?) now.
Amy: BAM!! Whooo-hoo!! I’m two for two with books I loved, and back to back at that! Room 212 and In the Fields - loved them!! *happy dance* <— June 3rd 2014
Amy: Room 212. Oh wow. It’s sooo much more than what the blurb shows. The only thing I can compare the feels to is Avoiding Commitment but not as angsty and – obviously – a different storyline. This was a 4.5 pushing 5 star for me. And I don’t throw 5 stars around often. <— June 6th 2014
Amy: Remember - Room 212. Yes, I’m still yakkin’ about that one! <— July 4th 2014
Amy: Okay, so I’m mentioning it again…Room 212. The blurb gives an okay description of it, but I can sum it up saying that she is rebellious and out for fun, he is goal oriented and has his life mapped out, and they both lie to themselves about what it is they want and what they can handle with where the relationship will lead…and we all know how that turns out. Just get a sample of the book and read the prologue – that alone had my tummy twisting! <— August 12th 2014
Amy: And I’m gonna bring up Room 212 again…her reaction to the climatic event and her actions after were so genuine and realistic that it made me all weepy. Especially when she goes to her mother who she is not really close to but who she needs so much at that point. <— August 17th 2014
Donna: Yes yes room 212 <— Oh we have another Room 212 lover!!!
*snort* Poooooor Amy!!!! So adamant, and SO right… and yet… we just let her wallow in her book love, all by herself.
And I always had every intention of reading it… but I just couldn’t gage what the book was about by that blurb. And apparently many of us couldn’t so Amy helped us out a little. And then… I was ON IT! Just like she said, that prologue HAD ME. I was SO in… and chastising myself already for not having jumped on this one sooner. This was exactly what I was looking for. I’m a romance reader, but not just “love” but all of the insecurities and drama and “entourage” that goes with new love. I LOVE that, ’cause in real life, it’s never that easy. And this one felt real.
Amy: Room 212 is a romance with a good ol’ healthy dose of emotion and angst thrown in. The prologue alone let me know it was going to be rough. Seth has some *major* mood swings and Laura is on the wild side and they fight (oh lord, do they fight *shaking head*) but I loved them and just wanted things to work for them so badly… it just has a simplicity to it without any crazy twists or traumatic pasts or dark secrets (even though I thrive on reading those!) and with the right amount of angst and emotion…enough to make me hurt and give me the feels but not so much that I was a wreck. Yep, that is my “gush” book…we all have ‘em!
Jean: Amy, I’m at 80%of Room 212 and whoa…what a whirlwind! This just better have a happy ending or I will hunt you down! Lol!
Amy: You loved it, Jean??? YAY!! *dancing around* I don’t know about you, but her actions after that part – you know which one – and when she visited *********** made her pain just palpable for me. I’m so happy you loved it, too!!
Jean: Haha you guys are too funny! Yes Amy I now understand your obsession with Room 212………I honestly can’t stop thinking about it and it’s hard to explain why….I had a long car ride home tonight and I just kept replaying the book in my head…..”
Amy: Jean, before I forget…I had heard this song before but never really listened to the words until today. O.M.G. I know book-song connections are very personal and subjective, but pay attention to the words (not so much the actual video) and tell me this doesn’t make you think of Laura. Maryse (and anyone else who reads Room 212 :D), you’ll see why when you read it. I feel like crying for the girl in the song Habits even when I’m *not* feeling emotional, let alone when I *am*. And after 212… *stifled sob* I guess I don’t have to say how excited I am about you starting it soon!
Maryse: Amy! gah!! Her breakdown to ****** is soooooooooooo real!! *sniff sniff*
Jean: Yay Maryse is reading Room 212! I know that part with ********* had me crying and feeling right along with her! Can’t wait to see your review!
Amy: *gasp* You’re reading it?!?!? *happy dance* I know…that scene with ******** had me crying. Good lord, I actually *felt* her pain! Then when she tries to take her mom’s advice and do things to stay busy (not sure if you’re there yet, but it’s not too long after that scene), I seriously laugh-sobbed. *pulling Maryse and Jean in for a group snuggle* …before I get pushed away for being “creepy.”
Maryse: AMY!!!! Okay so I’m writing the review… and OMG I just watched that Tove Lo video… about Laura. There could not be a more accurate portrayal of her emotional devastation and condition. WOW. THAT VIDEO. When she’s crying in the bathroom… *sob*
So what’s it about?
Party-girl, Laura, gets bonked in the face by a frisbee one day by cute but cocky frat-boy and friends. They all like her. Especially him. But she’s a bit homeless right now, and getting over her cheating ex, and wants nothing to do with these boys. She’s got a plan to get back on her feet, get a new apartment, and avoid “love” altogether.
But Laura and Seth meet up again (by accident) when he walks into the bar, where she works. Sparks are are igniting both of ‘em, and she eventually concedes to a date. And then another… and well. You know how it goes. BIG intense, all-consuming make-out sessions, and that constant need to be together. But then one day, she overhears…
Er. ‘Nuff said!!! Read it!! I highly recommend it, if you love heartache. In books, I mean. Only in books. NOBODY likes heartache in real life. I’m not that crazy. Heh.
Yep… WOW. This one was great. There is nothing in here that I didn’t actually believe. Well… okay, sure… certain parts of the angst was stretched a little, but you know? I believed it. Gah!!! Wow. Pure tumultuous love story in all of it’s sweet ecstasy. From the initial “meet cute”, to it’s tentative beginning…
- oh no – were those loafers? This was not the look of the guy I had seen the last two days. This was the look of a… a… Ken Barbie.
My heart sank. Sh!t, I was going on a date with Ken Barbie in his Mercedes. What happened to my hot club kid?
to it’s eventual intensity and all consuming fire, when they realize how into each other they are….
The feeling in my chest was so overwhelming and I let me happy tears fall freely. I turned to him and kissed him while the rest of the world flew by us in a blur. In our world it was only us and we held each other tightly…
…and it’s potential heartbreak. *sigh* (cue that video link up there). Whoa.
Good writing (at times a *touch* hard to follow in the sentence structuring, especially in the beginning…), but the story itself was totally there! Great pacing, in depth characters and best of all? My heart hurt, just the way I like it.
4 stars! (maybe even 4.5 stars). Definitely 5 stars for a few parts. This book has *oooooomph!!!!*
P.S. It’s completely from her POV, which I loved ’cause it made every experience that much more poignant. I love not knowing what “he” is thinking or feeling, or doing or planning… in a book. Always only in a book. <— LOL!