By: Melanie | November 23, 2013 | (20) Comments

Review: Ink Is Thicker Than Water by Amy SpaldingInk Is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 320
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.

My Review

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!~

2 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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20 Responses to Review: Ink Is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

  1. Yeah, so not good if you can’t remember the book. That’s why I do my reviews like a week after finishing books, because I want to see if they are memorable. Happy I didn’t grab this one.
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  2. Amelia says:

    Ah that’s a pity. Not worth wasting time on a forgetable book. I hope something better comes your way soon! Weird title too, but it makes me slightly curious… Great review Mel!

  3. Ack, I’ve had that instance where the book was so unmemorable that by the time it came to my review I would really struggle. But yeah that romance doesn’t sound very appealing. Thanks for reviewing Mel!
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  4. Lexa Cain says:

    This is why I stay away from contemp. If you get used to reading fantasy, suspense or horror, the stakes are usually life and death, and they generally have very strong characters to balance out the dynamic plot. A simple story about high school and teen angst (“Does he like me?” “Why are my friends mean to me?” “Does my hair look good today?” etc.) just can’t make the grade. I hope you find something smashing to read soon. 🙂
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  5. Yikes — sorry this one wasn’t for you!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
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  6. I saw everyone was grabbing this a couple of weeks ago and it just didn’t appeal to me. Doesnt’ sound like I missed out. I am not a fan of books with simplistic writing, I want exceptional. The main character doesnt’ sound like someone I could get behind either. Thanks for the honest review!
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  7. So sorry this was forgetful, and the romance seems lackluster. I hope you next read is memorable!
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  8. Emily says:

    Oh man… Now, that’s just… pretty sucky >< I mean the components in this novel sound like it is pretty dumb and shallow 🙁 Especially if it isn't memorable, I think I might be really miffed because I could have spent my time something I actually liked reading!! :O But I know of some really good contemporaries, and I've read them, but this one seems to be the kind to fall flat for me instead of being exceptional like some of my favorite reads! I do hope something better will come your way 🙂
    But great review Mel!! <33
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  9. Rachel says:

    Bummer this didn’t work for you, Melanie. It’s hard to connect with a character if you find their thoughts illogical, and then hard to like the book. Great honest review. 🙂
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  10. I don’t think I would connect with her character either. It’s sad when books let us down. Hopefully your next read is a lot better 🙂
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