I think everyone knows that I love to read. I just wish I had more time to do it. Much like I wish I had more time to write blog posts but, well, life.
Every now and then, though, I’m given ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of books by authors and asked to write reviews and/or blog posts. Jen Frederick writes contemporary romances that have a nice dose of humor in them. Her Woodlands series is actually the first series of her’s that I picked up. Unwritten is book five of that series.
The series follows a group of friends who live together. Unwritten is the story of Adam, who is in a band, and Landry, the sister of the lead singer.
Which, at first glance, sounds like a horrible cliche that will just end up causing you to roll your eyes and wonder why you picked up the book in the first place. Stop before you roll your eyes. It’s not like that at all.
Landry was (and, for purposes of this book, IS) the victim of a stalker. A man who became obsessed with her after nothing more than a passing glance, a brief conversation, seeing each other in class. The interesting part about stalkers, and about books about stalkers, is that a lot of people think “You call the police and it goes away. You get a restraining order and it’s over.” The sick truth is it’s not that easy and Jen Frederick does a GREAT job of showing you just how NOT easy it is. How the stalker has to do something in order to have enough proof of stalking and, generally, whatever that stalker has to do is not benign.
Honestly, the romance part of this book was good, but the stalker story was great. The band part was good, but the stalker story was what drew me in. The rest of it kept me reading, but that one part is so well written and so true to real life that I think it’s important for women especially to read about. After being the victim of a stalker, I can say with certainty that Frederick wrote it with more than a generalize knowledge of the subject.
Beyond the stalker part of the story, the band parts are also great. The relationship between Landry and her brother is interesting. Landry as a whole is an interesting, albeit, different, character. And Adam? Well, he just wants to deserve Landry.
It’s a great read. You should pick it up. But pick up the whole series because you’ll want the character background, even though the characters from the first four books only have small parts.