Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
Published: 4-17-14 by Lex Martin
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Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.
Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.
As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.
Design – Twin Cove Design Rating – 3/5
This is a nice enough cover, but it has no real references to the content of the book. The photo is nice and the intense Instagram-like filter makes the title stand out nicely. I like the fonts used and the way “Clementine” is a different color.
Dearest Clementine has a lot of problems but the subplot is surprisingly deep. I have a problem with the New Adult genre’s many clichés, especially since so many of them center on romantic relationships. Clementine and Gavin are sweet together, but still oh-so-cliche. Overall, this is a decent story that gets weighed down by details.
- subplot – The subplot / everything that isn’t Clem and Gavin’s relationship is deeper than I was expecting. Clem is dealing with the popularity of a book she wrote under a pseudonym and a creepy former professor who may or may not be a stalker. Everything aside from Clem’s relationship with Gavin is much more complex. Clementine strikes me as a strong, self-possessed person who’s balancing a lot of things in her life.
- secondary characters – I love that Clem’s roomies, friends, and family are more than just background characters in this story. There is no stereotypical boy-crazed friend. Each person seems to have their own life that doesn’t revolve around Clem. They are presented as people with their own problems.
- sex – Firstly, why is the romantic plot of every New Adult book the more-experienced guy teaching the innocent girl about sex? Why can’t anyone just have a normal relationship? I do like that Clem and Gavin didn’t have sex right away, but I had two issues with that. One, they did so many sexual things throughout the book that I was surprised when it was said that it was their first time. Two, this is a New Adult books so the readers do not want your silly euphemisms. His never-never-land? Really?!
- author problems – Here we have someone writing a book about a main character who is writing a book but has been published before. The problem with this is that every time Clem says something about writing, or fame, or book publicity, it doesn’t sound like it’s Clem saying it. It comes off like Clem’s a robot spouting the author’s own thoughts and opinions about things like money and the publishing business. It’s something that took me out of the story and felt unnecessary.
I want to wallow in self-pity all morning, but I have to drag myself to math at the ass-crack of dawn. I sit in class, taking notes, copying down formulas, but my head doesn’t process anything except that my mechanical pencil is running out of lead. – Loc. 2354 / 5127
I can hear the disgust in her voice for Wheeler, and thank Jesus, Joseph and the Easter bunny that Daren got me an attorney who sounds like she might tear off my former professor’s man parts personally and enjoy it. – Loc. 3868
Acquired: Free ebook