Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt - Friend Is A Four Letter Word by Steph Campbell
Before making a start on Friend Is A Four Letter Word I wanted to read the previous three companion books, I know I didn't need to and that they can be read as a stand alone, but by reading them I was able to get a bit of background on the characters and how they know each other. Friend Is A Four Letter Word is Shayna's and Carter's story, and once I had finished reading the other book, I couldn't wait to make a start on this one and get to know this duo more.
Shayna definitly has a few shocks in store. She is a wild child, a party goer and all round rebellious teen. Her big rebellious act driving to 'see Quinn' effects her more than her parents, and while I didn't initially like her attitude towards her parents, but I did feel sorry for her when she accidentally stumbles upon a secret. She tries so hard to be perfect for them, but by being perfect she is not being true to herself, and is eventually just a shadow of her true self.
Carter also has to battle his own demons, and for him it's a daily struggle to make it though each day. With Shayna there his battle is a lot easier, but while they are both silently battling their own demons and keeping secrets, its hard for them to become emotionally involved even though they both have feelings for each other.
Friend Is A Four Letter Word also brings us more Ben and Quinn, and I really liked getting to see more of her than I expected. Seeing how her bond with Carter is just as strong as was it was when they were little, and that she was there to help him find sense in this mixed up thoughts and feelings, was such a heart warming thing to read. She is unbelievingly nice to Shayna, given their history wasn't the best, and I like how she treats Shayna like an old friend and also wants to help her too.
Once again I am questioning why I have not read any of these books sooner, even knowing how much I adore Steph's work. Her characters are realistic and face real problems, and that is what helps draw the reader in and makes them feel an emotional connection to the characters. Seeing how Shayna and Carter deal with their secrets and problems, but come out the other side stronger and still fighting, is an inspiration to all who have their own demons to battle.
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