Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: A song for Josh by by Susan Rodgers

Hello readers,

a while ago I was offered a free copy of A song for Josh by Susan Rodgers in exchange for an honest review. A song of Josh is the first book in the Drifters series.
It was marketed to me as an angsty, new adult romance. So that was what I expected to get.

A song for Josh tells the story of Jessie Wheeler who early on in her life looses her father, becomes a runaway and later a famous singer and actress who seems to heal through her music. She is engaged to famous actor Charlie Deacon when she one day meets Charlies old and troubled friend Josh, who she will later on work with on the set of Drifters.
Both Jessie and Josh have troubled pasts and somehow seem to connect over them. Will they manage to resist temptation?
And then there is also an unsolved murder?

First of all this book has a lot of trigger warnings, such as addiction, abuse and rape. So it might not be for everyone or as it was for me simply too much of it, especially towards the end.
As mentioned tells this book the story of Jessie Wheeler, which shows in the writing style where you mainly are told things instead of shown, which for me made it hard to connect with the story and relate to the characters. I simply felt as a spectator of the story which was even further encouraged through the ominiscient narrator. The switches of perspectives are usually appreciated by me, but with this type of narrator and happening really often it was confusing most of the times. When it comes to the writing it was overall not for me. I know some people like this style of writing, it is just not for me.

The story itself came of as a hopeful romance with some depth to it due to Jessies troubles past as well as Joshs addiction problems and his own troubled past, but I soon felt it was more womans fiction than a new adult romance.

For the majority of the book I couldn`t relate to Jessie and didn`t really like her character, that however changed towards the end of the book once I had a deeper understanding of her character. I  did like Josh and his character and could understand him a bit better right from the start.
As for the rest of the story I felt there was simply too much darkness, too much bad things happening, it got very depressing for me and I several times thought about DNFing it because of the constant stories about abuse, rape, etc. it just wasn`t for me. I missed some lightness, especially regarding the romance.

Overall I feel this could have been so much better with a little bit of more balance. More balance when it came to darkness and lightness, more balance when it came to telling and showing. More structured switches of the perspectives.
I was intrigued and I definetly enjoyed parts of it, but there was definetly too many things I wasn`t happy with so 2 out of 5 stars from me.

As usual I am interested in your thoughts on this book, so please let me know in the comments below how you enjoyed this novel or if you are planning on picking it up.
I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,

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