Wesley James Ruined My Life
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 256 (HC)
Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is. So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired. But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.
I don’t often delve into contemporary novels, but I knew this was one summer read I really wanted to pick up. It sounded like so much fun and the synopsis caught my full attention. It was also a very quick read that had a cute story to it, I mean Wesley James? The perfect character, even if Quinn doesn’t always think so.
I enjoyed most of what this novel had to offer, including all the talk of London and what it meant for Quinn to go on that trip, getting to see everything her grandmother always talked to her about. There was the relationship between Quinn and her father, who made it so hard to love him with his gambling problem and yet she still sought out a relationship with him. We can’t forget Wesley who is at the center of everything, causing Quinn to be on a vengeful path for most of this novel.
That’s where I found it a little difficult to completely fall in love with this story. I get that for this to have worked there had to have been a reason for her need for revenge in the first place, but the excuse and anger she held onto for all those years didn’t seem very believable. I know that at the time everything happened she really thought Wesley was at fault for her family’s demise, but as she got older it just didn’t make sense for it to have stuck.
Either way, I could get passed that, well mostly because Quinn did seem to bring it up every minute she was given the opportunity to do so. There goes Wesley to hide those moments aside by being such a great character and bringing more of the cuteness I was looking for. There wasn’t much that stayed with me pertaining to the other character’s, except maybe her grandmother and I was left wanting more of their story together.
Her grandmother wasn’t in a lot of the novel, but the stories that were told about her and the many reasons she provided Quinn for wanting to go to London, added so much more to the story. I rooted for that part, for it to become a reality and for her to be able to see all those beautiful places. Even though Quinn’s character was a little irritating she still had a good heart who deserved to take that trip, especially after everything she went through to make it happen.
As the story progressed, it added more of the feels I was waiting for and really started getting more into the pages, but then it ended too soon. There was still much I wanted to see in those last few chapters, but it didn’t happen. If I just had more of that and less of the repetitiveness of “it’s all his fault”, I know I would have been way more fond of this novel. Yet, even with those little faults, I still really enjoyed the story and the cuteness of it all.
***Received a copy of this ARC through a giveaway. All opinions are my own.***