Monday, 7 January 2013

Book Review: Against The Wall

Title: Against The Wall
Author: Julie Prestsater
Series: #1
Pages: 304
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 21st 2012

Shelly Gelson had it all...a job teaching English at Carver High, her best friend, Mel, working by her side and engaged to her high school sweetheart, Chase Marino. That is until Chase breaks her heart and leaves her for another teacher at the school.

Now Shel is left broken hearted and trying to figure out what she wants while watching Chase and the home wrecker make moon eyes at each other.

Enter Matt Fuller, Shel's friend for the past 5 years and the perfect rebound. He's gorgeous, smart, funny and fits into Shel's idea of the right guy. Only problem is there may be more there then just a simple rebound. Is it a way to fill a void left by Chase, or is there more smoldering between these two friends? Find out what happens when the bell rings and the teenage drama ends and the adult drama begins.

Who says being a teacher is boring? They obviously haven't met the teachers at Carver High.

This was one of those books that isn’t at all hard to read, and quite frankly, it was completely boring. I knew what was going to happen from the first chapter and it took 300 pages to get to it!!!

Shelly is a high school teacher who has just been dumped by her high school teacher boyfriend/fiancĂ© of the past ten years, Chase. Her best friend Mel, another teacher, encourages her to finally go after Matty, who apparently has always had the hots for her, and has been a close friend. Oh, he’s a teacher as well.

The plot revolves around Matty telling Shelly how he feels, but not wanting to have sex with her until she is definitely over Chase. So he is not just her rebound. To do this he allows her to go on dates with other guys, however they spend every night sleeping (just sleeping) together. The characters are supposed to be in their 30’s but most of the time Shelly acts like a teenager. She gets drunk most nights with Mel, and continually states that she would never date anyone who drinks ‘weak beer’.

I think there was far too much repetition in the story for lack of a real plot. Mel ‘laughed until she snorted,’ about a hundred times, Matty and Shelly ‘made out like teenagers,’ about a hundred times, and Shelly talked about beer, about a hundred times! Ummm, get some new information. By the end I was just glad that it was over. While every character, even including Shelly’s brother, is a teacher. I would have no idea what they actually do because there was nothing in the story about their teaching or classes. Even though the blurb clearly makes it sound like it’s all about this teacher drama in the hall of a high school. No, not really.

When I bought it from Amazon all these reviews were raving about what a ‘laugh-out-loud’ book it was. I didn’t find it all that funny, the characters were just very immature and I think that they all lacked a bit of background to help you to relate to them.

All in all, I don’t know how this book as got four stars on Amazon and Goodreads. It is so boring that I ended up just flicking through pages. The worst part was that the whole story was building you up to when Shelly and Matty were going to finally sleep together and when they do ... well sorry but it is nothing to write home about!!

There is another one called Between The Sheets, which follows Mel's story, but I don't think I'll be reading that anytime soon.


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