Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window Review

Book Review 
September 24. 2013
and January 17. 2014
The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
by: Kirsty Moseley
4.5 Stars

Blurb ~ Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.

Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.

Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer?

My Review 

Hands down this is my favorite book this year. I’ve wanted to read it badly for awhile now and when it went on SALE for .99 cents I snatched it up. Now I couldn’t be madder at myself, because not only did I love this book, I want to go back and pay full price because I loved it so much. Sure many people have complained it’s too cutesy and at times it is but that’s one of the things I loved about it… 

Amber and her brother Jake don’t have the best home life. Their father is an abusive drunk and every time they so much as breathe, someone gets hurt. At eight years old, Amber has seen and suffered through more abuse than other children her age. One night in particular Amber is inconsolable in her room. That is until her brother Jake’s best friend and neighbor knocks on her window. From that night on Liam is the only one (besides her brother) who makes Amber feel safe. Sure during the day he’s a grade A douche, but she knows every night he will be by her side chasing away her nightmares and making her feel safe. 

Almost ten years pass and nothing has changed between Amber and Liam. Every night Liam crawls in her bedroom, with her brother and mother clueless. Amber always assumed Liam had multiple personality disorder considering how mean and rude he was during the day compared to his sweet and endearing side he only shows her at night. When Amber starts feeling an attraction to Liam no one is more surprised than her.
Liam on the other hand has always had feelings for Amber. Since they met as children, Liam was a goner. When Amber and Liam cross the boundaries of friendship both are scared of the outcome. Amber is more afraid of how her brother will react and only hopes he won’t kill Liam in a fit of rage. 

I absolutely loved the bond between these two. It wasn’t something that just appeared but rather developed over the years since they were young children. Liam knows Amber is it for him but with the past abuse hanging over their heads, Amber has some issues to work through. 

This book does take place in high school though I would have to say it’s more mature YA because of the topics. Again, there are cutesy parts but with all the suffering Amber had been though, I think it’s only fitting she find an utterly romantic boyfriend. Amber’s brother Jake was a very strong character. The love he has for his sister can literally be felt and there is not a thing he won’t do to protect her, even their father learned his lesson.

There were quite a few wordy parts that felt repetitive. You can only say something so many times in so many different ways before you feel knocked over the head by information. Plus throw in a mix of grammar mistakes and spelling errors and this book does take on a more teen feel. The mistakes were not overwhelming but annoying enough that I kept noticing.  

I could have done without the occasional slutty persona that took over Amber. As a damaged virgin I thought she sometimes went overboard teasing Liam. Plus they were in school so it just felt wrong and dirty. I also would have liked more of Liam’s POV. When it first appears at 57% it’s a total detachment from the story. Sure I wanted to be inside his mind, but it was hard to connect since it wasn’t gradually introduced. The characters were all great. Jake was admirable and determined to keep Amber safe and happy. Even when he realizes that Liam makes Amber happy, he was surprisingly understanding. 

Overall this is a GREAT read. I enjoyed the progression of friends and sometimes enemies to lovers. Liam was essentially as Amber called him a dirty man-slut, but when Amber starts to give him the time of day, his real self shines through. I also recommend Nothing Left to Lose by this author. The editing may not be up to par but the storylines certainly are. I would certainly recommend this book to fans of YA and NA romance.


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