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Review: Unforgivable by Amy Reed

Title: Unforgivable

Author: Amy Reed

Genre: YA Contemporary

Series: Invincible (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062299603 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062299604 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

In this raw, gut-wrenching, and beautifully written sequel to Invincible, Marcus continues Evie’s story of their intense romance, a la Gayle Forman’s Where She Went, after saving her life only to find his life—and their relationship—falling to pieces.

Marcus knows pain. The kind that swallows you like a black hole. His brother committed suicide, his mother left him, and his dad mostly ignores him. Relief only seems to come from drugs, alcohol, and secret acts of self-destruction.

Until he met Evie. Together, they lived in the moment. They fell in love—hard—creating their own beautiful world. But they each had their own secrets, their own pain, hovering like a thick fog, suffocating them in a world too small to share.

Unforgivable takes off where Invincible left us—with Evie drowning in San Francisco Bay. Marcus finds her just in time, but her survival is not the happy ending he was hoping for. Forbidden from seeing Evie by her parents and unable to reach her, Marcus learns of a pain that might break him completely.

Marcus spirals into an even deeper darkness and is forced by new events to face the demons of his past. The pain of losing Evie becomes tangled with the loss of his mother and brother, and he must finally face the ghosts he has been trying so desperately to outrun or risk losing Evie forever.

Quick & Dirty: Marcus comes to terms with all the loss in his life.

Opening Sentence: “I’m sorry.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Marcus gets a text from Evie asking him to meet her on the beach. When he arrives she is nowhere to be seen, but he finds a pile of her clothes and then spots her in the water. He rushes her to the hospital and then waits for word. Only to find out she is in a coma when her mom blames him for everything. Marcus then begins to go crazy trying to find out what has happened to Evie, until he finally catches her sister outside of her school.

He realizes later that he is clean and soon begins to make other changes to his life. He takes the internship with his father, stops smoking weed and tries to talk to Evie. When he shows up at her house to apologize, her parents call the police and he is arrested. After that, he leaves her alone and becomes withdrawn. His mother nor his father can reach him. Along the way, we learn what happened to his brother David.

David was an addict slowly killing himself until one day he decided that wasn’t fast enough and killed himself. He sent Marcus a text and so Marcus was the one that found him. Marcus seems to be drowning in his loss, he doesn’t know how to deal with Evie and his mother. He can’t seem to accept the changes in his father. Will he be able to finally get through it?

I kind of have a lot to say. First off, I thought the first book was okay and that Evie was meh. I am not reviewing that book so I will stop there, but I thought it was bad enough that she texted Marcus to find her, and then when I got to the part about David it cemented the fact that I didn’t like her. I know he didn’t tell her that, but hey, just a thought. Not something that leaves a good memory behind. The way she treated him through the whole book, and the fact that he kept chasing after her burned me. I wanted to say let her go, man, you can do so much better.

So needless to say that was the worst example of a relationship in YA book I have ever read, and even when Marcus finally admitted it was toxic. He just decided to accept all the blame, ugh, she never not once apologized to him or explained to her parents that he didn’t have anything to do the pills. Yes, he partied with her, but basically, even though this was from his viewpoint he was just the welcome mat on which she walked. His story was utterly lost in that BS of a relationship. I can’t really say anything else. Kudos for a bi-racial couple, but big thumbs down for having him arrested, having her parents treat him like trash, and I am assuming all because he is black and they partied together.

Notable Scene:

“I should have tried harder. I should have done more to pull the truth out of you. I was a coward, too. But that ends now. I refuse to lose you. I will not give up that easily. I will not let you drift away and pretend you did not leave some pieces of you with me.”

Invincible Series:

1. Invincible

2. Unforgivable

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FTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Unforgivable. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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