Monday, October 29, 2012
The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club by J.C. Isabella
Author: J.C. Isabella
Welcome to the big leagues. To secrets and scandals. It's all about the game. Who's playing. Who's not. Who has no idea about the game. And...wait, what game are we playing?
I'll leave that for you to decide.
Where to start is the big question for Chloe Baker. How was she supposed to explain to Zack Warren that she started a fan club for him when she was a kid? It was just a game. A way to make friends and have fun. She never thought it would spiral out of control. And never. In a million, gazillion years, did she think it would follow her to college. How could she tell him her best friend Lana kept the club alive? That she had nothing to do with the craziness?
Chloe didn’t understand why she cared so much about Zack's opinion of her. She hated him. He hated her. They had very mutual feelings of dislike for each other. So he'd just hate her even more when or if he found out.
And that's totally fine...she thinks.
Zack Warren had a soft spot for Chloe Baker. He likes the way she walks. He likes the way she talks. If he was poetically inclined, he’d write a sonnet about her ass.
It's Zack’s junior year of college. He’s got things to worry about. Scouts from the major leagues. Baseball games. Contracts. Grades.... His father ran away to Vegas with Chloe's mother. He didn’t have time to worry about a girl. But he did. He worried about Chloe a lot, especially with that jerk Max sniffing around her. It's weird though, to like your stepsister, right?
But Zack could argue that he saw Chloe first. Way before his dad met her mom. He was too young to stake a claim. But just didn’t care anymore.
He’s done playing games.
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This book was very disappointing. I've never read anything by this author before and I love discovering new self-pubbed authors, but I'll have to think twice before buying anything of hers again.
One of the biggest problems is the editing. I try to be understanding of a few small errors in self-pubbed books, but this one has either a spelling or grammatical error on nearly every page. It's also double spaced which makes it really annoying to read on Kindle.
The story itself had potential, but just fell flat. I couldn't connect with Zack or Chloe and the plot itself was just silly. The whole idea of Chloe starting a fan club for Zack in elementary was semi-believable, but the idea that dozens of girls would join it and continue it on into college is just bizarre. What's even more bizarre is that Chloe's "best friend" would continue on with this club despite Chloe not wanting to be involved AND despite having a boyfriend.
Also, the club was a really minor part of the book (until near the end). The majority of the book contains long boringly detailed chapters about how Chloe and Zack take down wallpaper and paint rooms in their parents new house (Chloe's mom married Zack's dad). There is also another ridiculous subplot of a guy friend of Zack's who can't take no for an answer and constantly stalks Chloe, but it's also just over the top stupid.
I got so bored with this book that I ended up skimming huge chunks of it while I tried to find something good. I couldn't find much. The writing was juvenile and simplistic, the chapters were long and boring, the POV switches prove that this author cannot write a male POV at all, and the characters are all flat and cardboard.
I would not recommend this book to anyone - there is MUCH MUCH better self pubbed stuff out there for under $4.
2 out of 5 stars.
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