|The Similars by Rebecca Hanover the old saying, too many chefs in the kitchen, ruin the stew? Well the Similars by Rebecca Hanover seems to prove the opposite true. Too many ingredients and an undertrained chef definitely ruined what could have been one delicious stew. It lacked all character development, choosing instead to concentrate solely on the plot and how the characters arrived at it. And, oddly enough, the plot is clearly covered in the blurb, leaving little for the reader to look forward to. |
The ‘ship’ is also undesirable. It is incredibly easy to see who the protagonist’s love interest will be because, you guessed it, he argues with her and treats her all around poorly in the beginning. The author throws in a semi-tragic back story for why he’s a jerk but it doesn’t excuse his behavior. And the ‘big reveal ‘ at the end could not only be seen a mile away, but was done in a way that left me wondering why I even purchased this book in the first place. At the end of the day, the author brought together a plethora of lifeless, unlikable characters, a handful of poorly executed YA tropes, and a hastened plot, to provide the first novel in what appears to be a lackluster series. Not Recommended.