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“I have no words for how bad this book is on all levels -- poor dialogue, lack of editing, contrived situations...could not finish.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I have no words for how bad this book is on all levels -- poor dialogue, lack of editing, contrived situations...could not finish.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Everyone has their own opinion, which is a good thing, especially when it comes to books and movies. We would not all want to agree on which is good or bad. Half the time when the Oscars roll around, I don't even like the nominees for Best Picture. So, when I read a book, I always go into it with an open mind and while I may read the reviews, I try not to let them cloud my opinion.
I'll admit, there were some grammatical errors that made me cringe, but to be honest, I have read some books by Best Selling Authors, and found typos and grammatical errors as well, and these are from the big publishing houses, so I do not always immediately fault the author.
I have dealt my whole life with insecurities so I can see where Ellie is coming from, but oh my god, if I had a man like Gunner who wanted to be with me, I sure would do what I could to curb those insecurities and keep him in my life.
As for the language, well...have you listened to the way people talk these days? Oh my word...you cannot even go out to the mall without hearing people throw out the F-word all the time. As a society we are quick to complain to the networks when someone on TV curses or there is nudity, but where is the censor button in real life? There is none, and while the language may be offensive to many, it has become very much a big part of society these days.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, "Saved" which deals with Ari and Jeff's relationship. I bought it for my Kindle yesterday so it should be showing up here soon.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Sure, there were things that I didn't like, or that drove me nuts, but it wasn't bad at all.”
“The book Wanted is about a girl name Ellie who is verbablly abused by her mother all her life, finally shes graduating and gets to move out with her brother and his roommate Gunner. Gunner instantly falls in love with ellie but shes closed away from everyone adn scared to open up to him.Gunner tries to prove himself to Ellie and takes her to his families farm to meet everyone over time ther shes opens up and she lets herself fall in love. During this time Gunner is planning to ask Ellie to marry her on the farm and when he does she says yes.
I think the book was good, right when you think you know whats going to happen theres another twist to mess you up, this book was a page turner. Overall my favorite character is Gunner becuase he is carefree and under his "macho" act hes sweet and dorky with Ellie. He shows his real side and i think its adorable. i enjoyed this book very much.”
“Well, I'm not sure where to begin.
First, this was awful. The story seemed to lack direction and dragged a bit in certain places. For example, the majority of the book takes place over summer and I would estimate at least 60 to 70% on my Kindle. This part was full of every last detail of everything Ellie, Gunner, Jeff, and Ari did - parties, gifts, meals, dates, dancing, etc. I kept wondering when it would end. And then it speeds up so that the last third or so takes place over a period of almost a year. The pacing was definitely off.
I liked Gunner. He seemed to be the most level-headed character in Wanted despite his unexplained "love/lust" at first sight for Ellie. He was one of those strong protective heroes who seem to love to cherish and adore their heroines.
Ellie was disappointing. She started out very sympathetically, with the way her mom treated her. I felt a lot of her pain and loss. But the scenes with her mother are very short, and there are only two. Then, when she meets Gunner, I am expected to believe that her insecurity and lack of self confidence is due to her mother's verbal abuse. I can see that would happen, but I just don't think a good foundation was laid for me to be really invested and believe that was the source of her problems.
It actually felt that Ellie's jealousy and doubts stemmed from the fact that she was just so immature. There are a couple of instances in which Ellie jumps to wrong conclusions about Gunner and other girls. In one the misunderstanding was completely Ellie's fault. She declared herself to be just friends with Gunner and then pretty much forced him to dance with someone he had already said he didn't want to dance with. Then Ellie gets jealous.
There was one other incident at the farm that just bugged me. Gunner is talking to another girl and being very friendly. Ellie walks up and her hackles are raised but Gunner never introduces her to the other girl. This was made worse when the girl smirks at Ellie. All it required was for Gunner to tell Ellie who she was and why he was so familiar with her. He does this later but it's after another tantrum by Ellie.
As for the other characters, I really didn't care for Ari, Ellie's friend. She didn't seem to know tact, decorum, or how to modulate her potty mouth. Whatever she thought just spilled right out. And usually it was done coarsely and very loudly.
All of the different POVs really gave me a headache - there was Jeff's, Ari's, Ellie's, and Gunner's. For Ellie and Gunner most of the switches were just retelling what had just happened but from the other's POV. Maybe that's why this book was 502 pages.
Wanted sounded like it was going to be an angsty story, but instead it was filled with dirty mouthed characters who seemed to use swear words every other word. I'm not a prude, but these characters couldn't make any statement without cussing and that includes Gunner's grandparents for heaven's sake. It was just annoying and definitely not needed. I was just so disappointed in this book, and I couldn't wait for it to be over.”
“Ellie is emotionally abused by her mother and her big brother Jeff is her hero. Jeff's bestfriend Gunner(drew) and Ellie end up a item. There relationship is beautiful but complicated. She has been cheated on in the past and now believes all men will hurt you and that she will never be loved and wanted. Gunner was so gorgous i loved him.
There was also a side story with Ari who is Ellie's bestfriend who has been in love with Jeff for years. They both have feelings for each other but they always fight and you see these 2 make some silly decisions and hurt each other.
I laughed, i cried this was a really sweet book.”