Book: Magnolia by Kristin Cook
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: August 5th, 2014
Date Started: November 30th, 2014
Date Finished: November 30th, 2014
In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
Hello again! I have yet another book review. Funny. I said that my posts were going to be a rare occurrence, and here I am posting reviews two days in a row. I just got really hooked into this one and basically read it in one day.
I was drawn to this book because of its Romeo and Juliet retelling. I used to read Romeo and Juliet all the time when I was a teen. I also love Shakespeare. But what really pulled me in was the fact that its an inverse of Romeo and Juliet.
Jemma and Ryder have been pushed relentlessly by their parents to one day be together. Their families have lived next to one another since the civil war, and their parents want to finally unite their families as one. Except Jemma and Ryder hate each other. When a hurricane comes to their homey Magnolia Branch, Jemma and Ryder are forced to wait out the storm together. But they figure out their root of their hate and might actually give into their parent’s wishes.
I was looking for a light read to get me back into reading. This was a great choice. There are a few dark spots in this book, but I feel like its necessary so that the book doesn’t become nauseatingly over cheesy. I loved the southern charm of this book. Living on a large plantation, social galas, homecoming, etc.
Jemma was a really interesting character. I liked that there was some depth to her character. Her mother was a cheerleader who was in a sorority, and is one of those moms who wants her daughter to fall into that same path. I loved that Jemma wanted to explore film school, making her own clothes, and isn’t afraid to shoot a gun for competition. Ryder was interesting, too. He had some depth to him as well. He’s the quarterback of the football team, but he’s not that typical jerk who plans to go to the NFL. These characters were interesting to follow, and more than once did I want to smack them and just get it over and kiss already!
I really don’t like the cover of this book because I feel like it doesn’t do the characters justice. I sometimes hate covers that just feature just some random people on it. It puts a strain on my imagination, but I was determined not to let it get the best of me.
If you like southern charm, contemporary books, or Romeo and Juliet, I definitely recommend this one. Cook did a great job in creating a retelling thats inverse.