Published: September 1st, 2014
The Opposite of Love
By: Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Albert Whitman Teen
Rose is the wild girl nobody really knows. Chase is haunted by his past. Both are self-proclaimed "disappointments," attracted to each other enough to let down their defenses. When Rose's strict, adoptive parents forbid the relationship it only makes things more intense. But Chase can't hide from his own personal demons, and Rose has secrets of her own. After they're wrenched apart, a cryptic email arrives in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, beginning a desperate pursuit and a look back over their tumultuous romance. Will they find each other before the night is over, or will they be torn apart forever?
Rose has been with her parents since she was really young and they adopted her. But she remembers her "real" mother and refuses to be the obedient, docile daughter that these people want her to be - she's going to do things her way. Chase's father was a violent, abusive bastard. His mother is not very maternal, to say the least, and he pretty much takes care of running their lives (and making sure his sister is taken care of). When the two of them actually meet one another, sparks fly and trouble seems to be on the horizon. After they are forbidden to see one another things come to a head with a mysterious email Cahse receives on Christmas Eve. Can Chase and Rose find their way back to one another? Or are both of their self-destructive tendencies too much to handle?
I could not stand Rose. She was a complete and utter, spoiled brat. Yes, she has reasons to be upset with the strict and over-the-top way that her adoptive parents treat her all the time. But she definitely invites it, with her completely outrageous behavior. And yeah, it's sad that she lost her real mother, but her real mother had apparently been a down on her luck prostitute. So, as much as she loved Rose, she had no business trying to take care of a child when she couldn't take care of herself. Plus, it's obvious to see that her adoptive parents love her (even if I don't agree with their methods - the police? Really?!). Chase on the other hand, while being from the wrong side of the tracks, was a fairly sweet boy. I didn't mind him quite so much. I did think that him deciding to pursue Rose, who obviously was in self-destruct mode, was a dumb-ass thing to do. Not to mention, it could ruin his life right alongside hers, which would just be a waste.
It's kind of hard to truly like a book though, when you feel like the author is cramming issues down your throat. I also had a hard time with the "romance," seeing as I hate one half of the romantic couple. Then the author had that so-called "twist" happen near the end of the book. Really? That's how she chooses to end this book, and make the two dumb teenagers grow up? Cliched and overall, I've seen it so many times as a reader that it just makes me tired. Overall, nit my cup of tea and not something I'd recommend. I was skimming near the end, cause I just frankly didn't care.
VERDICT: 2/5 Stars
**I reviewed this book as part of Around the World ARC Tours, run by the lovely Princess Bookie. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published September 1st, 2014.*