Saturday, December 5, 2015

Review: Bastard by J.L. Perry

Publication Date: 9/15/2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:


My name is Carter Reynolds. I was born a bastard and I’ll die a bastard. I learnt it at a young age, and nothing and nobody can change that. I’m on a one-way path of destruction, and god help anyone who gets in my way. I hate my life. Actually, I hate pretty much everything.

That’s until I meet the kid next door. Indi-freakin’-ana. My dislike for her is instant. From the moment I lay eyes on her, she ignites something within me. She makes me feel things I thought I was incapable of feeling. I don’t like it, not one bit. When she looks at me with her big, beautiful, haunting, green eyes, it’s like she can see into the depths of my soul. It freaks me the hell out. She’s like sunshine and rainbows in my world of gloom and doom. I hate sunshine and rainbows.


I’m Indiana Montgomery, my friends call me Indi. Despite losing my mum at the age of six, I have a wonderful life and great friends. My dad more than makes up for the fact that I only have one parent. I’m his little girl, the centre of his world. I adore him.

When Carter Reynolds moves in next door, my life takes a turn for the worse. He’s gorgeous—sinfully hot, but that’s where my compliments end. He seems hell bent on making my life miserable. He acts tough, but when I look into his eyes I don’t see it. I see hurt and pain. To me, he seems lost.

I should hate him for the way he treats me, but surprisingly I don’t. If anything, I feel sorry for him. I want to help him find peace. Help him find the light that I know is buried somewhere within his darkness, but, he won’t have a bar of it.

He’s warned me time and time again to stay away, but I can’t. I’m drawn to him for some reason. He’s always referring to himself as a bastard. That may be true, but to me, he’s more like a beautifully, misunderstood bastard. Whether he likes it or not, I refuse to give up on him

This book has to be the biggest emotional rollercoaster ride that I’ve had in months.  There’s just this level of raw heartbreak and pain embedded within the story that it really played on my heartstrings. You’ll need to stock up on the Kleenexs and a punching bag before this crazy story hits the end.

The first character to break my heart was Carter. Oh my poor sweet boy.  From an early age, he was unwanted and labeled a bastard by his mother’s family. That one word would redefined his life forever.  It makes you really think about the things you say in front of children and how their minds can  take something and twist it so badly it ruins their life. Honestly, this section of the story alone should serve as a public service announcement about watching what you say.  I know this story is fictional, but who knows if there’s someone out there in the same boat as Carter is. Anyways, Carter is the kind of teenager you want to grab a hold of and hug the every loving crap out of him and tell him everything thing is going to be okay. 

Indiana on the other hand has had a decent life compared to Carter’s. The only tragedy she’s faced is the untimely death of her mother to an undiagnosed brain tumor.  While she still grieves for her mother, she still has a doting father and decent friends.  She survived her mother’s death with grace and has worked hard to be the strong woman that she has become. Though she’s a little na├»ve a times with situations in her life, she finally finds how to stand her own ground and be the woman she was meant to be.

I think one of the best things about this novel is getting to watch the characters grown and develop into adults.  Sure, they’ve both made shitty choices in life that have affected others, but at the same time, they’ve grown into their own person.  Carter finally found his place in life while Indi worked hard to achieve her career dreams.  Broken hearts can sometimes be mended by those who broke them in the first place and this bastard of a man is one of those kind of men.  These characters struggle to fight against their anger and resentment for their relationship in the past, but they both know deep down that they’re it for each other.

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