Title: GOOD (Too Good #1)
Publication Date: August 25, 2013
Publisher: Penny Press Publishing
Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she's lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It's a lonely existence.
But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can't help it. He's the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn't expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.
And that's when her life goes from bad to good.
It actually started out so well (sneaky forbidden stories often do) but then as I delve deeper into the story, I cannot help but feel being stuck on a loop. Over and over again I was going through the motions with both protagonists' issues: insecurities and control. It just got dragged through the entire book and character development at the end is weak.
With the main characters, Cadence and Mark, I know a boatload of information about Cadence but I cannot say the same thing about Mark. Mark's character is kept underwraps in this book and his past will obviously be revealed in the next one. I felt like, I don't know him at all. Well, I know superficial things about him but nothing more about his personal life and his past. Maybe that's the reason why, I cannot commit/invest myself towards their characters and relationship. He said he "loves" her (and he does sweet gestures) but that's the extent of it. His character also gives me whiplash when it comes to his actions and decisions. He confused the heck out of me.
As to Cadence and Mark's chemistry, I did loved them in the first few chapters. But when the taboo situation entered, things got weird for me. Mark gave me the creeps with how he controlled the pace of their relationship and Cadence irritated me with how he's letting the guy get away with it.
Though, I pretty much liked how the author injected thought provoking sentiments about ourselves, families, the society, how society thinks and as well as with religion. But there were some scenes wherein the Bible related stuff were done quite over the top.
Since this is a duology, there were lots of unanswered questions and unresolved issues left in this book. It ended with a cliffhanger. I'm quite sad because there were scenes that I felt unnecessary in the book and should the author replaced it with something else, I believe it will do wonders with how the story would flow. If this was just a standalone novel, I think it might have worked for me.
Will I read the other book? Well, let's see if I'm in the mood for it.