by M. Beth Bloom
ebook, 219 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2012
*Ecopy received from Edelweiss.
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.
But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).
There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.
Drain You wasn't as enjoyable for me. I tried, I really did, but the story took forever to get into some real action. The romance aspect was interesting, and I loved James' character, Quinn's not so much. She had some funny segments, and frequent acts of desperation, but her role in the novel was intriguing enough for me.
Quinn's personality was very...eccentric. If you want to call it that. Her life's not as fun and exciting being that she sleeps out the days and spends her nights working at the video store. I also didn't quite understand how her parents were so easy going, too easy going. I'm not certain if it's because it's summer or due to the fact their daughter works late, but they just seemed to laid back and were hardly ever around. She was basically living a free to do whatever life. Aside from missing them in the mornings, they kept leaving her notes that she never really cares for it seems. That part of the story was just baffling.
I think what made the book come alive for me was James' arrival. I loved when he was around and how crazy Quinn got for him instantly. She did her best to hang out with Naomi, his sister, in hopes of getting close to him. That was funny.Naomi wasn't as party going and out there like Libby, but I'd much rather hanging out with the aforementioned than the latter, especially with how her character turned out.
Another character I liked was Morgan. Quinn was so undeserving of his affection but you can't force anyone to like you. I'm glad they remained friends regardless. Their relationship was quite entertaining and I was amused by their conversations at the video store.
Aside from all that, I liked the the mention of some cool movies, being that they worked in a video store, as well as the reference to classic bands and hit songs. The overall setting was also great; hot L.A. around Summer time. The build up on the other hand was slow paced. At times, my brain was zoning out with some of the things Quinn would go on about, and I even skipped the details more than once. I hastened to get to the more interesting stuff which often times took forever to show up in the book.
In conclusion, I have so many mixed feelings in regards to Drain You. It's definitely not a 5, but not a complete failure either. I think its safe to say its stuck somewhere in the middle for me.