Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: The Pool Theory by Alexa Nazzaro
The Pool Theory
by Alexa Nazzaro
Published: June 19, 2013
Publisher: Two Pigeons Press
Available: Amazon

After years of feeling like a loser, fifteen year old Kye Penton finally has it made. With his new friend, Julian, and the cutest girl in English class by his side, it looks like his days of being a social outcast are ancient history. Until Annie Cooper shows up: pregnant and claiming the baby is his. Kye's life quickly unravels as he's pulled into a nightmare bigger than any bullying he has ever survived.

To start this review, I must begin at the end. I read the last chapter over and over, wondering if I was missing something. I was completely confused and not in a good way. It was abrupt, and anti-climactic, and left so many things hanging. I wanted clarity and some kind of resolution. This was my biggest issue with the story. I invested hours into read Kye's story that I was completely let down.

I have to say that by the end of the book Kye was a completely unlikeable character. So was Annie. And Claudia. And Julian. So much so that I was tempted to stop reading, but as I said before, I invested hours into reading and was holding out hope that one of them might redeem themselves.

The Pool Theory was not terrible, far from it. There were parts that were very well written and Nazzaro delved into a very serious subject from a perspective not often taken. I don't know how a 15-year-old boy would react to impending fatherhood, and maybe that is my issue. I would hope that if I had a son and he was in this situation, he'd be less selfish and more honest, that he would realize the seriousness of it and take responsibility for his actions.

* I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for reviewing this book.

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