Between the Lines #3
Release Date: June 6, 2013 (UK)
Publisher: Razorbill (UK)
Goodreads Stars: 3
Buy it: Amazon UK
The third part of the Between the Lines story by the bestselling author of Easy sees hot teen screen idol Reid in deep trouble. When Dori, the community service supervisor who is determined to set him a good example, comes on the scene romance is the furthest thing from her mind. Or his. But there's something irresistible about Reid that not even good girl Dori can ignore . . . - Goodreads
My thoughts upon becoming fully conscious: first, shit, I'm in the hospital again, and second, how bad is the damage to my one-week-old Porsche?
---Good For You is a book that I had both been dying to read, and very hesitant about. You see, I have a tendency to grow attached to characters, and I knew that Emma (the main protagonist from the first two books in this series) wasn't going to be the MC in this book. Instead, the focus is on Reid and his love interest, Dori.
If you have read the previous books in this series, then you will know that Reid is an arse. He's the one who played along with Brooke to try to ruin Emma's relationship with Graham, only to back out at the last minute after Emma had been broken. He's also the guy who abandoned his girlfriend when she told him that she was pregnant, because he refused to believe that the baby was his. Yep, that guy.
I was very worried about starting this, because while I was interested in getting into Reid's head, I was expecting to hate him. I was very wrong. Good For You gives a huge insight into how Reid's mind works, and we also see more of his family and how things are at home. I can't say I disliked watching him go from a horrible person to a bit of a sweetie. And that change is mostly down to Dori.
Dori was a total sweetheart. I really enjoyed being introduced to her, and seeing her go through a lot of tough times, because it really showed her characteristics. When characters are put through the grinder like this, I absolutely love it.
I didn't connect with Dori as much as I did with Emma, mostly because Dori and I are so different. I didn't see any of myself in her at all. Perhaps if I had read this while I was younger, I would have connected with her insecurities. The main thing that I couldn't connect with, though, is how Dori had, lost, then rediscovered her faith. I liked that Webber had a religious main character, but I'm sad that I wasn't able to connect with her.
I didn't feel like the religious aspect of Dori's character overshadowed her other traits at all, though, so if you were concerned, don't be.
I was expecting something more to come out of Dori's sister's story, because it seemed suspicious to me, and I would have enjoyed a criminal storyline to shake things up a bit. I guess accidents really do happen out of the blue.
Of course, this book made me cry. I can't even remember what I was crying over, but Webber has a talent for stabbing me in the chest with her words and her characters. Just wait until tomorrow, when my review of Here Without You goes live, because that's likely going to be a sobfest.
Overall, Good For You provided great insight into Reid Alexander, and I got so caught up in his character that I had to read Here Without You straight away. I'm a tad bit disappointed about not loving Dori that much, and I missed Emma, but it was still a good instalment in the Between the Lines series!