Tanja reviews `Wet Paint (Transitions #2)‘ by Will Parkinson (Published by Harmony Ink Press; September 18, 2014).
Why I read it: The blurb was what drew me to this book and that I really like reading YA.
This copy was given to RGR, free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.
High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.
When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what–or who–they face, they belong together.
I had a hard time rating and reviewing this book. There were parts which were so great, emotional and they gripped me. But there were also things which confused me, where I asked myself why they even were in the book, since they didn´t really do something for the storyline. Also a change in characters out of the blue as well as the change of POV´s left me in more than one WTH moment. Ok let´s start with the main characters.
Addy´s life was no piece of cake. What he endured as child at the hand of his father is just horrible. In time those things were slowly revealed as Addy learned to trust Benny, his boyfriend. Those parts were so well written, it tore at my heart what was going on in Addy´s life before he was adopted by the Deans. Even though he went through so many bad things, he grew up to a kind hearted human who helps other people, which is not something you can naturally expect. I really liked him as well as Benny, altough Benny was sometimes too good to be true. He is the perfect son but he can stand up for himself against his parents, when it´s important enough for Benny. Their lovestory was sweet but also beautiful to watch.
I adored Mr.Dean, Addy´s adoptive father. He is protective, considerate and his talks with Addy were at times hilarious. Also Jackson and Taylor were two very likeable characters. I really liked how Benny’s parents dealt with Benny having a boyfriend. Not the beginning but what came afterward.
This story has two parts. The first half is about how Benny and Addy´s relationship formed as well as them being at the camp where they tried to help other teenagers with their problems. It was interesting to read about what was going on in the camp, the people in it as well as the way Benny was dealing with things. That was also the place where those two meet Liam, their charge for the summer. Liam is a force to be reckoned with and wow that teenager was trouble with a cruel past. We get to see the meeting and the problems Liam causes for Addy and Ben. Damn, that kid knows how to cause them altough his background as well as why he did all those things were heartbreaking. After a certain incident all three have to face some truths and a big change was coming. Here I would have loved to see those changes, how they affected Addy and Liam. What did they learn, how did Addy help Liam and so on. Sadly we only get told, that all was good and in the next chapter Benny and Addy were back at home and Liam was only mentioned once as the story progressed. It was like a story in itself which was not interwoven with the rest of the book.
Another thing and WTH moment was when Addy met his father again. That was inserted into the plot but it was the same as with Liam. One aftereffect was told and that´s it. I think, Addy meeting his dad again would have a great impact on him. I would have liked to see how he was dealing with it. But it felt like their life was going on like nothing happend which brings me to my next problem with this story.
I have to say, I could have done without the sex scene, because for me the timing of it was out of place. See, Addy had this already mentioned encounter with his father and shortly after that Benny and Addy had sex. My problems with that? First, in nearly one year there was nothing going on between those two, beside kissing and hugs. So the whole thing felt rushed, they jumped from kissing to sex. I missed the touching and exploring each other before the bed sport. Secondly, but that may be just me, I would think after the incident with his father, Addy would be re-traumatised and sex far from his mind. While I can understand Addy seeking the connection with Benny, since he feels save with him, touching would have been enough for me here.
The wholy bully thing was another WTH moment for me. It was popping up and vanished repeatedly. I can see what the purpose was of it but would had liked it more if it was more explored since it affected Addy´s behaviour. What exactly triggered this change, why and when? Altough I was so proud of Addy, this change came out of the blue.
This story has great moments and held my interest. I can see the authors talent and am curious what will come from him in the future. But for future books I wish that character developments come naturally with the story as well that the storyline progresses slowly and tracable. I want to see it not being told, be with them when that happens.
6.5/10 pots of gold