Review: Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library
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Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Obsessed with keeping his society-princess daughter safe–and his–Charles hires his daughter’s childhood enemy to be her bodyguard. He never imagines that Ashlyn would fall in love with Colin.

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure if I should write a review for Overprotected, because, as you can see, I really didn’t care for this book.  Often I may not like a book, but it is more of a preference thing.  Everyone has a certain type (or types) of book they like, and just because someone didn’t like a book, doesn’t mean I won’t like it.  But I have to say, with this book, I don’t think it is a preferential thing, I think it is more of a not great writing thing.  I didn’t really want to write a negative review, but I think it is important to talk about the books that I really didn’t like, as well as the ones I did.

I just didn’t like how this book was written.  I thought the writing was not great.  I don’t usually say that, because I certainly don’t want to sound like a snob!  I have heard people say the writing of a certain book I loved was terrible.  And it makes me feel uncomfortable, because I loved how it was written.  And it always makes me question my intelligence (but usually only for a second).  That being said, I really didn’t like the writing of Overprotected.  There were way too many one word sentences, and even more three word sentences.  I wanted more complex sentences.  I felt like this book took me longer to read than normal because I had to figure out how to read awkward sentences.

Also, the editing was terrible!  There were so many editing errors, that the already awkward sentences became more difficult to follow.  There were lots of extra words in sentences that shouldn’t be there, using “a” when it should be “I”.  Ugh!

As for the actual characters, well they were okay, but not very well developed.  The protagonist, Ashlyn, was a little annoying.  Not terribly so, but a little.  And I just did not feel any chemistry between Ashlyn and Colin.  Sometimes Ashlyn acted like a lovesick puppy towards Colin – almost like she was crushing on a movie star.  It just felt awkward, the romance between them.

There was practically no character development of Colin!  I really knew nothing about him, and I would have liked to.  And Ashlyn’s parents where insane.

Oh, and I have to talk about a minor spoiler.  The text will be in white font, so highlight it if you want to read it.

Ashlyn’s father had a tracking device planted on her when she was a child!  Seriously!!!!!  Seriously!  Is that even legal?  I mean, I know they have them for dogs and cats, but people – children!  Ridiculous!  

There was major eye rolling in this book.  I am sorry to say, that I can’t really recommend this book.  I mean, the main plot idea was interesting, but overall, I thought this book left much to be desired.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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