Stripped Without You
by Brooklyn Skye
Release date: November 30th 2013
STRIPPED (a novel)
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
WITHOUT YOU (a novella)
She was broken when I met her, shattered from the death of her sister and running from love. Not to sound like an egotistical douche or anything, but I fixed her. Put her back together, filled in the cracks, and made her whole. A true fairytale in her eyes.
But now real life is getting in the way: school, jobs, and the unexpected opportunity to travel the world under a legendary photographer. This internship will open doors not even my father’s influence could. It’s something I’ve been waiting all my life for. But so is Quinn, and accepting this internship will mean leaving her.
And breaking her all over again.
ReviewSo this is certainly a change of pace for me. For one thing, nobody was gruesomely murdered. It wasn't hundreds of pages long. There were no aliens, or vampires, or killer ghosts... It was a really normal book. Honest-to-goodness contemporary. I found myself enjoying it immensely. Was it maybe a bit cliche and predictable? Um. Maybe. I certainly was able to predict a lot of what happened. At least in Stripped. Without You kind of confused me for a bit, but I'll get to that later. Stripped was told in first person from Quinn's POV. And let me tell you, she is something else. She is deeply haunted by the suicide of her older sister. She holds on to the belief that Zoey killed herself over a breakup, so Quinn refuses to fall for anyone. It was annoying, but understandably so. I guess it was just annoying because we all know what happens to girls like that in contemporary. Right?
Without You is told in Torrin's POV. First person. Holy cow. I love reading guy's POVs and this is no exception. He is so sweet, and such a guy! It was pretty amusing. I enjoyed it very much.
I feel a little bad, but I got annoyed by Quinn very fast. It's a short book, too. I mean, I get where she's coming from and I'm glad she got over it pretty quickly. But while she was stuck in her ways, I was like, c'mon! You're going to fall in love! Deal with it! Nevertheless, I found myself conecting with her. Love is weird. Can you really trust someone else? And I liked watching her grow and change. I always love that shift in perspective and I totally got it here. So that was great.
And then there's Torrin.
Torrin! I think it's a pretty unique name. And I pretty much figured out his role, so that was interesting. I won't say more than that.
He really is great book boyfriend material. Athletic, artistic, funny, sweet.... *sigh* Need I say more? I wouldn't call his connection with Quinn instalove, either. Something about her attitude and his nonchalance kind of made it seem natural and friendly. So that was nice, too.
I mentioned that this book is not hundreds of pages long. It's barely two hundred pages long. With the novel and novella combined. It's a very short, quick read. Very enjoyable. There's a bunch of subplots that make up for the lack of a main plot. It's basically a whole lot of drama and secrets. In both parts. I must say, I liked it a lot. Without You certainly threw me in for a loop. I had no idea what to expect. I'm just really glad that the story didn't stop after Stripped. Without You really brought everything home and it was wonderful getting a glimpse into Torrin's mind. I don't want to say anything else because I'm afraid I'll ruin it!
Rating: 4 stars
Why: very enjoyable, quick read
Recommendation: those who love romance, contemporary, NA
Nobody Knows Me At All by The Weepies
You Had Me At Hello by A Day to Remember
Falling Slowly by Kris Allen
Fine by Me by Andy Grammer
Love Always Comes as a Surprise (the song from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted)
A Beautiful Mess by Jason Mraz
Why Can't I by Liz Phair
Crazy For This Girl by Evan and Jaron
What I Wouldn't Do by A Fine Frenzy
Someone To Save You by OneRepublic
Note: Some of these may be based more on the title than the actual song
ABOUT THE AUTHORBrooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. Stripped is her debut novel.
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Note: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.