And Then we Ran by Katy Cannon

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*I read this March 2017. I read it as an arc. As always, this is my honest opinion.

This one was a miss for me. I liked the idea of it, but the execution of it didn’t work too well.

Summary:

A road-trip story about following your dreams and embracing the unexpected.
Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say.
Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.
Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead…

Megan reads very over the top, and I think that’s how she’s supposed to read, but it’s not exactly charming. I liked Elliott a bit more.

This book was enjoyable because it was a quick read and distracted me from homework for a couple of hours. It’s a very light, contemporary, and I guess I was expecting it to be a bit deeper, especially when it deals with the death of a loved one.

One thing that irked me for most of the book is Megan’s love for photography. She claims it’s her passion and what she wants to do, but isn’t aware that a bachleor’s in photography even exists. My parents are photographers. My dad just left for Europe on a tour to work on his portfolio for travel photography. It is not an easy job. Photos don’t come out of the camera ready to go. There’s editing skills you need to know, business skills-you need to make profit from this. This is kind of sort of addressed by the end of the book, but I was irritated with Megan’s constant simple approach to a business that is hard.

Toward the end of the book, there’s a redemption scene, but it feels forced and superficial and basically like it was put there because it had to be there. It wasn’t too convincing, and I wasn’t attached to any of the characters to feel much of anything.

I think that’s the main problem I had with this book. I wanted it to feel closer to the characters that I felt. I was told over and over what people thought about the main characters and what they wanted for themselves, but I never identified or felt pity or anything. A lot of it just seemed convinient.

It also reminded me a little of Nobody but Us by Kristin Halbrook and that is not a good thing. I disliked that novel so much I deleted it completely off of my kindle library. It no longer exists in my world.

At the end of the day, this is a light read that will kill a couple of hours, and maybe that’s what you need, but it’s not going to blow your mind with beautiful writing or story.

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