Goodreads Summary: Contains mature/adult situations and language. For readers 17 and older.
It’s the beginning of senior year, and seventeen year old Juliet Somers has made the rash decision to transfer to her boyfriend’s school in an effort to spend more time with him. Sexy bad boy Johnny Parker is a legend at Leclare Academy, and Juliet still can’t believe that an average girl like her was able to tame his wild ways. She can’t wait to start her new school with him by her side.
But one night, Johnny’s self-destructive habits lead to a stunning betrayal–and Juliet realizes she’s made a huge mistake. Now she’s stuck at a school where she doesn’t fit in, and all the girls seem to hate her guts. Even worse, Johnny is determined to get her back, pulling crazy stunts to win her forgiveness. Juliet is resigned to being an outcast for the rest of her senior year, with no friends, and no clue what she wants to do with her life.
Things start to look up when she gets to know some of Johnny’s friends, and finds that some of them are really good guys. With the help of an unlikely ally at her side, Juliet begins to think her situation is not as bad as it seems. As the school year rolls on, she opens herself up to new experiences, makes some huge mistakes, and discovers things about herself she’s not sure she likes.
Juliet resolves to stay strong against Johnny’s seductive tactics, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to deny she still has feelings for him. Will she risk her heart to him again–or will a hot contender manage to sweep her off her feet?
Review: When it comes right down to it, this book is aptly named. Slow Burn. It was indeed slow. A lot has happened and not all were relevant to the story. And if I have the control over things I would have probably toned it down. I’ll ask to edit some of the scenes, concise some of ‘em and put more development between the two main leads. But I don’t call the shots here. I’m just your average reader and all I’m capable of is sharing my opinion.
Usually I summarized the story but I think the synopsis did a pretty good job of giving you the gist of what’s the book is all about. Basically, if you are familiar with Hana Yori Dango by Yoko Kamio, Slow Burn is kind of like the western equivalent of it. But instead of being forced to attend an elite school so that Tsukushi can catch her rich husband-to-be, Juliet Somers transfers school to be with her boyfriend, Johnny Parker. But her boyfriend wasn’t labeled ‘bad boy’ for nothing, when she attends a party she saw that he was cheating on her. Now she’s in this school without a boyfriend who’s the primary reason she was there in the first place and the worst part—she’s the main target of mean girls wrath that are envious of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and his friends. Yep, it’s not going to be a merry land out there for Juliet.
Johnny is not the only boy in Juliet’s life. A rundown: we have Johnny, the ex, and then we have Johnny’s step-brother Dean. We also have Nick the ex’s best friend. And also Rob, Juliet’s best friend’s brother. You got four of them. Perhaps I shouldn’t include Rob but he’s kinda looked like he’s interested too. And Nick? He’s special to her too. But even with only two guys, it was still plenty of drama and I’m still was running in circles because I’m more than 200 pages in and it was still not clear who she’ll end up with. I mean the anticipation can only do much and because it was unnecessarily prolonged I ended up frustrated instead.
And Ben, he’s just awesome and I just wanted that fact out there.
(There might be spoilers after this so read with caution. You have been warned.)
Between Johnny, Dean and Nick. She’s still not sure about Johnny but at least she knows they are a ticking bomb together. While she and Dean have history together and from the very beginning I was gravitating towards their relationship. What can I say, they are cute together. But I would have like if it was developed more instead of using their history as a springboard to lift their relationship to another level. Then there’s Nick, there’s like unknown chemistry between them (or maybe that’s just me) and then that thing happened between them that for me sort of ruined their dynamic. So yes, you can’t blame me if I’m little confused with the love drama here. It was so, so complicated.
Another complication is the mean girl, Kara. The girl is royally pissed because Juliet is stealing her thunder. So she weaved intricate plan to make her school life suffer and dragged her love life in the process. She’s one heck of b*tch if you asked me.
There’s so many things happened in here and there are so many characters that by the time the book was ending I was having a hard time remembering them. Almost all of them have back story that dragged down the pacing of the story. And frankly, it suffers big time. So I stand by my words that I would’ve omitted some, might add some and developed some more. But that said, I liked the story, I’m just wasn’t a big fan of how the story flowed. Overall it was entertaining and most importantly my ship has sailed. 😉
Preview Quote: “I want to be with someone that makes me look forward to another day, and fills me full of hope.” — Juliet’s Dad