Book: Because of Him by Jessica Roe
Date Published: December 14th, 2014
Date Started: March 20th, 2015
Date Finished: March 21st, 2015
Blair Ackerman is a girl with crazy hair and a bad attitude. She’s a girl who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She’s a girl with only a duffel bag and a car named Nancy to her name, and that’s okay by her. She’s tough because she has to be. Nobody gets inside her head, nobody gets inside her heart.Silver is everything she’s never wanted. He’s a good guy, a smart guy, a guy who’s never met a girl like her before. He’s the kind of guy who loves history, who laughs at his own jokes, who kisses like a sinful dream. He’s the kind of guy who might just break down her walls and get inside her heart and make her feel.Too bad he’s forbidden.Because when Blair’s mom dies and she’s sent to live with the father she’s never met and a family that doesn’t want her, Blair and Silver cross paths in ways they never could have imagined, and they discover that even though they know they should, they can’t quite bring themselves to stay apart.Opposites really do attract.
This is a story about forbidden love in terms of a teacher student relationship. Stories like this always kind of weird me out because it can cross the line into creepy. But this reminded me a little bit more of Pretty Little Liars (the tv show) and I believe this story was done just right. It wasn’t the type of story where a teacher and student have stolen moments in a school closet somewhere. No, it was more of a story where two people in strange circumstances have their lives more intertwined than they can help it and just happen to fall for each other along the way but know that there is a line they shouldn’t cross.
What I loved about this story wasn’t the love plot, it was the family relationships that had me hooked. Blair lost her mother to drugs and is forced to live with her father who has never been in her life before now. This part broke my heart in so many places because of the way that Blair is treated. Like she’s trash. Like she’s a drug user herself. There was this part in the story where her father’s wife is so cruel and I just wanted to punch her in the face so badly. But I liked Blair because she was true to herself. She didn’t feel the need to prove herself to anyone. I think her family needed to give her a chance to begin with instead of treating her like scum. So many mistakes were made just because of bad communication.
I think this book was well balanced. Blair wasn’t overly angsty, but she wasn’t a pushover either. This book almost had me tear up (more like tears of anger!), which is a rare feat for me. I was hoping for everything to work out in the end and I wanted Blair to succeed so badly. She just had to. This book was a bit on the shorter side and is one of those contemporary reads that just fly by. If you want a quick romance that isn’t overly cheesy and isn’t afraid to address some dark and real topics, this one is for you.