Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Tammara Webber

Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Tammara Webber
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Publisher: Self Pubbed 
Source: Bought 
When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.
As part of my challenge to read more new adult books before I make a decision about it, I bought Between the Lines by Tammara Webber, the same author who wrote Easy. Thankfully Between the Lines was only $3.99 and rather cheap or I would have felt really bad. Honestly, I wasn't sure what I was expecting but after disliking Easy as much as I did, I really wanted to like Tammara Webber's other books. After all, she's been picked up for publication! Sadly, Between the Lines didn't do it for me. 

For starters, the characters were not the best in the world. Honestly, I didn't care for Reid or Emma, both of whom were rather annoying. Reid was a class a jerk and I think he was simply there to allow another certain gentlemen shine in his presence. Reid was the class Hollywood bad boy: a guy who only cared about sex and money and sex. He doesn't change throughout the entire novel but rather begins as the nice guy who turns out to be a jerk. There honestly was no room to love him or his relationship with Emma. Emma was a girl I wanted to love. She was stubborn and strong and independent but I think she could have made different choices. She didn't really speak up to her father and step mom when I felt like she really should have. I guess the biggest issue was the fact that I didn't even care for her. While I didn't want her to end up with Reid, I wanted her to wake up and see the reality. A girl who likes to think that she's not like all the other girls who fall for Reid Alexander, she becomes the girl who see the train wreck well before it happens but does do anything to stop it. 

The writing wasn't the best either and there was a lot of passive voice. Nothing that happened made me excited or happy or sad. Anything the characters did wasn't a big deal, it just happened. Though the story was told through Emma'a and Reid's point of views, it didn't help anything. Once again, I felt like this was more Emma's story than Emma and Reid's so I wasn't sure why his POV was there (besides to make him look extra bad of course). The plot was predictable also excited for the one big revelation at the very end that I honesty wasn't expecting. And that itself made me question why it was put into the narrative. 

Overall, I was unimpressed with Between the Lines and I honesty wonder what people saw in this book that I didn't. I really, truly did begin reading this book with an open mind but I wasn't able to shake this annoyance I had. 
Cover Comments: 
First thoughts: Um. What? 
Comments: So what does this cover have anything to do with filming a movie and all? I get that it's Emma and some guy but really, generic and boring.