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  • Unlovable on Oct. 26, 2011

    3.5 Stars A mother too drunk to get off the couch, a girl who has put up with her drunk mother since she lost her grandparents at the age of four, an undercover cop who is trying to breakup the drug ring that has been circling around the city killing off people: that is what awaits in Unlovable by Sherry Gammon. A heart wrenching contemporary thriller, Unlovable is the story of a girl and what she must do to survive. Maggie's mother has always drank, at least as far back as Maggie can remember. If it wouldn't have been for the drunk driver that killed her grandparents, Maggie wouldn't have had to move in and take care of her mother at the age of four. Most days and nights her mom is passed out on the couch, drunk. But for Maggie, this has always been her life so she deals with it the best way she can. Seth Prescott, a member of the Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) is currently undercover as a senior at Port Fare High School. Seth and a couple others from his team have infiltrated the school in an effort to find the supplier of the heroin that has been causing the deaths around the city. Highly trained and highly attractive, Seth must find the supplier before more people wind up dead. I had mixed feelings when reading Unlovable and if I could rate it in sections I would say I liked the first half, but I loved the second half. It was like Ms. Gammon's writing just kept getting better and better as the book progressed. Writing in a double narrative, as Unlovable is, is never an easy thing [as I said in a totally unrelated book review], but Ms. Gammon was able to make it mostly work. I could definitely differentiate between the two narrators, Maggie and Seth, their unique voices pushing through the chapters. I could feel the older voice of Seth when he spoke and Maggie's younger voice with an added judgmental air about it almost always told me it was her speaking. Seth--sans some of the beginning chapters because he was kind of cheesy--was actually a freakishly awesome guy. He was strong, kind, sweet and understanding more than anyone ever should be. He was pretty humble and protective and full of this unyielding passion for most things around him and most people for that matter. Seth had suffered a lot in his life and I think it kind of made him into this saintlike guy. I would say, the only problem I had with Seth was that he was too perfect. I had a hard time connecting with him if only for that reason, but in the end I still really loved him. Maggie on the other hand I had a little trouble getting to like and I couldn't really figure out why Seth liked her. She was awfully judgmental and just assumed that Seth was a jerk because he hung out with the popular crowd and because he was freakishly sexy. Now, I can totally say that in high school I was guilty of the same thing so I guess I couldn't hold it against her...at first. But she kept at it for awhile and I kind of wanted to hurt her. About halfway through the book she finally develops enough as a human being to realize she's being an idiot, because Seth is unfailingly kind and sweet and doesn't deserve her attitude, and I could finally like her. The last half of the book was so much different from the rest. I think it's because the characters finally took on a more layered characterization as did the plot. It kind of turned the whole book around for me and the only thing that I can say is that everything just kind of turned technicolor and seemed a lot more real. Seth was a little less perfect, Maggie had emotions every shade of the rainbow and the plot was fast paced and intense. A couple of the parts may have been a bit unrealistic, but it didn't really bother me. {QUOTE}"[...]He wrapped his warm hands around my face and pulled me next to him. "Are you saying I don't matter to you?" (Seth) "No. We're friends, good friends." I swallowed hard at my words. "So if I were to kiss you, it wouldn't mean a thing to you?" "It'd be like kissing my brother," I whispered. "Is that right?" He ran his thumbs along my jaw, sending a shiver up my back. He smiled. "Let me show you who the delusional one is, Maggie. Oh, and if I'm boring you, feel free to stop me at any time." He leaned forward and in one swift motion captured my mouth with his before I could utter a word.{CLOSE QUOTE} Overall, Unlovable turned out to be a pretty good read and the fact that I couldn't get Seth and his relationship with Maggie out of my head for a good couple days only proves as much. Sherry Gammon has a way with dialogue that really gets to a reader and I loved the interactions between Seth and Maggie and all of the sub-characters. I give Unlovable a 3.5/5 and recommend it to those who enjoy clean YA Fiction, Thrillers and Law and Order type books. And while it's not categorized as Christian Fiction, some of the writing reminds me of it. I'd definitely put it in Inspy Fiction.