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I don’t know how to start reviewing All the Way by Kristen Proby. It’s not like the book was written horribly, it’s just so – meh. I feel like the whole story was just one note and it didn’t exactly endear me to both characters.
All the Way begins a few months after the fire that killed Landon Watson’s parents and injured her while escaping the burning house. She is dealing with possibly the end of her Broadway career and an older brother with addiction problems pissed that he is not getting half of his parent’s wealth.
To recuperate, Landon spends time in her childhood summer house in Martha’s Vineyard where she meets the lawyer who handled her parent’s estate, and who is her neighbor. It was really interesting how Finn and Landon’s relationship started because it felt a little bit abrupt, to me. Finn was petty blunt about his intent with Landon and their hookup pretty much happened in a blink of an eye.
What struck me as disappointing was the fact that these two people are so nice. Like super perfect, there aren’t even flaws! Sure, Finn does have his controlling tendencies, but it wasn’t enough to create much of a conflict. In fact, the book dragged on and on and on without any talk about the mysterious fire that killed her parents and injured her.
When the person who caused the fire was revealed (no surprise here, actually), it was dealt with in a single page! I mean, this person bragged that he started the fire, was not found out, and now he is out to kill Landon, but he was basically defeated with a punch in the nose? I need more than this! This felt like a throwaway! I would have expected that there was something about the investigation of the fire woven in throughout the story with Finn helping her out!
Sadly, no. As I said, it was more of a one-note. It’s not horribly written or anything, but I wanted more. SERIOUSLY. Even his niece that was mentioned in the blurb only had a very, very small part of the story. And to be honest, it wasn’t much.
All the Way left me wanting more – more romance, more EVERYTHING.
What do you think about books that don’t really explore the mysteries of the book and instead focus on something else? Yay or nay?