Series: 2B Trilogy #3
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: December 1, 2014
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Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore. Max knows about feeling lost—he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything…. It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.Related Books: As Long As You Love Me
This book was awesome, but I have to say it was my least favorite of the trilogy. Fitting, since Shape of My Heart was my least favorite Backstreet Boys song out of the three the books in this series were named after. Also fitting since by the end of a series or trilogy you’ve loved, your expectations are set pretty high.
I’ve always loved Max, since book one. In I Want It That Way, you see much of the fun of him and he was immediately someone I would want to hang out with. In As Long As You Love Me, you see how good of a friend he is, trying to help Lauren through her transition back home. That’s when I knew that if I were friends with him, he would help me through anything.
“If my life were a romantic comedy, I wouldn’t be the star. I’d be the witty, wise-cracking friend, telling the Reese Witherspoon character to follow her heart, and I’d be played by America Ferrera, Hollywood’s idea of an ugly duckling.”
Courtney won me over pretty quickly, except for the blatantly “stereotypically Jewish” parts of her character. She was independent and strong…except for when she wasn’t.
And you know me with “friends turned more” books. One of my favorite backdrops. Especially a friendship like theirs. I love it.
I was turned off by two things: the uptown girl and wrong side of the tracks boy, and the portrayal of Jewish families. The whole rich girl/poor boy cliche is just something I never like. I don’t really think (or I prefer not to believe) that people are still so classist, and define themselves by their (or even worse, their parent’s) income. I just don’t want to spend time in a world so absorbed by that, even a fictional one.
“Does that mean sex without kissing is off the table?
“Definitely. So far off, it’s out the door, chained up in the backyard.”
He let out a mock-wistful sigh. “Poor coitus, what did it ever do to you?”
Now, the Jewish thing. I am Jewish. Most of my friends are Jewish. I probably know more Jewish people than I do Christian ones. And yes, there are stereotypes that some of us live up to. But Ann Aguirre’s portrayal of a Jewish family makes me wonder if she actually knows one. It felt like Courtney’s family was based off of Jewish TV families like Fran’s on The Nanny. I was personally frustrated and insulted. I know that for a lot of my friends I had planned on recommending this to, it would be a straight up deal breaker. They would stop reading at Courtney’s first rant about her nose.
About Ann Aguirre:
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.