Series: Hearts #1
Published on February 27th 2013
Published by Self-published
My life has always been safe. I like it that way. I grew up in a fake society where plastic hearts rule. If our hearts are made of plastic, they can never be broken. My parents have expectations and I do everything I can to meet them, even if it means giving up on my own dreams.
Now, all I want is to be free to make my own choices.
Dane Wright is everything I have been warned to stay away from. We met one night while I was with my perfect, parent-approved boyfriend and I haven’t stopped thinking about him. I don’t want to like him. I am doing everything I can to ignore his pull, but my heart seems to want what it cannot have, what it has never had.
Can he measure up? He may think I am too good for him, but maybe he is too good for me.
Life is a series of choices and I have never been able to make my own. Until one day, when my heart decides to make a choice for me.
Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and language
Alex came from a prestigious family, her parents controlled her life and the idea to go against them terrified her. She is an artist at heart, but she majors in pre-med because that’s what her parents wanted her to be, follows the family legacy. However, things started to change when she went to college, and tasted the freedom in the first time of her life. She broke up with her childhood best friend and current boyfriend, and fallen in love with Dane who showed her there is so much more that she could do with her life, if she only believe and stand up for herself.
Dane is a bad boy reform, and a passionate artist. He took care of his younger brother when his mother struggled with alcoholism. He finally cannot take it anymore and decided it was time to do something for himself, he went back to school enrolled in college and major in art.
Alex withhold herself when she was in the relationship with Dane, she went into the relationship thinking they would never have a future together, because her parents would never approve Dane. Her attitude annoyed me, when she met Dane’s family she acted like a scared little bunny. Which I thought were quite an insult to Dane’s family, even if Dane’s little brother was quite rude to Alex. When her parents threaten to disown her and to cut her off completely, she chooses to break up with Dane. Something she does a lot, running away from her problems. Instead of telling Dane the truth, Alex lied saying there were someone else, which is just the worst excuse ever.
I thought the concept of this book was neat, which was how Alex transferred her plastic heart into a glass heart. How she eventually let go of her fear to stand up for herself, to her parents, and finally follows her heart.
Some of my favorite quotes from the story:
“I’d completed thirty-seven paintings over the last several months. If I placed them in order of when I painted them, they showed my rise, fall and eventual rebirth.”
“I love you, but I can’t. You have to let me go.“
I have to be honest, I didn’t feel any sparks while I was reading this book. Although the writing was smooth and easy to follow, but the emotions area fall flat to me. I found myself emotionally detach, and wasn’t able to connect with the characters’ emotions.