{Review} Different Roads by Lori L. Clark

{Review} Different Roads by Lori L. ClarkDifferent Roads by Lori L Clark
Published by Self-Published on January 22, 2013
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 282
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It's been said that when we look back over our lives, we are able to recognize the pivotal moments that in some way, shape, or form have led us to where we are today.

When Jacqueline Carter is fifteen, she crosses paths for the first time with Seth Thomas, a young man who unwittingly alters the direction of her life forever.

Jaq plans to break-up with her boyfriend on her sixteenth birthday. Instead, she is date-raped, and left emotionally broken. She builds a wall around her heart and begins spiraling downward on a road filled with drinking, drugs and physical abuse.
When Seth re-enters her life a few years later, the walls around her heart slowly come down and the two of them fall in love.

Unfortunately, sometimes, fate has other ideas, and we're forced down a different road from which we initially set out.

Kassiah: I’m going to say right off the bat that I hate that I didn’t like this book. I really wanted to like it, but–I just didn’t. It was awful.

You guise have read the summary, so you sort of know what this is about. The story starts off with Jaqueline, known to her friends as Jaq, who has been dating her boyfriend for several months. They’ve been planning the night they would finally have sex (on her sixteenth birthday) for quite some time, but shortly before that, Jaq meets Seth at a party. She’s attracted to him, and that makes her realize that her feelings for Rick are not strong enough to give up her virginity to him.

That’s all fine and good. I think that girls often change their minds about when they are ready to have sex. Considering that Jaq was only 15, I’m really happy that she decided to wait. What happens next, though, is deplorable, and I feel that the author really did a disservice to women everywhere with the date-rape scene described in this book. Before that, though, Jaq’s mother gives her a box of condoms and basically tells her to “have fun.” I was shocked.

Even after she has decided to break up with Rick, she still allows him to believe that they are headed to a hotel to have sex when he picks her up for their date that night. He even mentions using “a dozen” condoms. She leaves with him knowing they are going directly to a hotel. Not to the theater. Not out on a date. Once they get to the hotel…View Spoiler »

After that scene, there is a huge jump in time and Jaq is in college. She seems pretty promiscuous to me, quite unlike someone who would have a hard time trusting guys. Of course, I realize that not everyone is going to react to being raped in the way that I would think they would. But what I would expect is for her to have at least thought about what an impact Rick made on her life. We don’t get to see any of the aftermath of her dealing with the rape, what she did or didn’t tell her mother, or anything. Just…next trauma!

After meeting Damon, a guy she knows is bad news, she runs into Seth again and the two quickly become intimately involved. Then, with no apparent reason and no warning, he pretty much vanishes, and Jaq turns to Damon. Their relationship is pretty ridiculous and outright unbelievable. She tries to sort through her way in life without really dealing with anything that is going on with her.

I think that Lori L. Clark had some great ideas here, but definitely fell flat with the execution. There’s drug use, date rape, domestic violence, the list goes on and on. But nothing is dealt with. Jaq just allows herself to be a victim with no thought or action to getting out of her situations. There’s even an accident that involves a friend, but even that, though it’s sad, barely makes sense in the way it fits into this book.

I felt no connection to these characters whatsoever. I didn’t get a chance to root for Jaq to make things better for herself before something else terrible happened. I didn’t like any of the guys she was with and honestly could not understand what Jaq saw in any of them, except Rick (the boyfriend at the beginning). It was a clusterfuck, to be honest. The ending was par for the course–shocking and sensational. Personally, I’m glad it ended the way it did.

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Overall: 1

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