Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie’s the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie’s sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.
But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she’s sure he’s totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn’t always a good thing, it’s yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.
It’ll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom’s tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.
Sure, Ink Is Thicker Than Water was a decent read, but I failed to connect with it in pratically everyway. First glaring reason; I don’t really remember much of the happenings in the book already. Yikes. Talk about an insignificant read.
Kellie has always felt the one in the middle. Lost in the crowd, completely unnoticed and nothing special. Her large, complicated family consists of an adopted overachiever sister, younger half-brother, and hippie mother and tattooist step-father. Soon this feeling expands once her adopted sister meets up with her real mother and her best friend climbs up the school hierarchy without her. I really wanted to sympathise for Kellie. I sometimes got the feeling of being forgotten a few years back when my sister had problems with her speech, my parents basically flooded over her. Unfortunately, Kellie’s character lacked depth and reason. Her illogical and blocked up thoughts were main issues for me; I couldn’t feel her emotions at all–if there were any.
Another niggle I had towards Ink Is Thicker Than Water was the romance. Despite the fact that you almost had sex with a guy a few months ago, it does not mean you can just pick up from there and make out with him pretty much every second you see him. I wanted a romantic build up, not just a girl seeing a guy (who also happens to be her sister’s boyfriend’s brother) who she nearly hooked up with months ago to only when see him again, just start making out and crap like that. I felt disconnected and found the romance rather irrational and meaningless. But have to admit, their conversations were quite interesting!
My last complaint is the writing. It wasn’t bad, but I found the amount of times ‘I feel like a jerk but…’ used a lot by Kellie which also contributed to why I wasn’t a huge fan of Kellie. The writing was too simplistic and had far too much telling instead of showing. The narrator is constantly filling us in with information; necessary and unnecessary information throughout the novel. It was rather disconcerting. Like I missed a whole novel before this one and the author was trying to fill me in.
All in all, Ink Is Thicker Than Water was a disappointing read though did promote true identity quite well. Also, that ending let me down quite a lot. A little too abrupt.
~Thank you Entangled Teen for sending me this copy!~
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