Title: Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2)
Author: Clarisse David
Format: Digital ARC
Published: October 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Period: October 8-16, 2017
No promises. No expectations. Just one night on a paradise island that could mean everything.
Nineteen-year-old Cam has a metric ton of emotional baggage and is in no mood to unload them on anyone. After her parents’ marriage imploded, stress-free is the only way she wants her life to be. And what could be more freeing than spending the summer on Boracay? Absolutely nothing… until she bumps heads with Hunter, the hot drummer who screams incoming heartbreak from a mile away.
Hunter has grand plans, none of which include angry-at-the-world Cam, best friend to the girl he always thought he’d end up with. He likes his life steady, thank you very much. But steady has now become synonymous with boring. His grand plans don’t seem so grand anymore. So when Cam comes home to Iloilo City and reaches out to him, he surprises himself when the one answer he can think of is… yes. Definitely yes.
Sometimes, complications are the only things that make sense.
Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without red lipstick and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.
I volunteer to give honest review. The digital copy was provided by the author. Thank you, Clarisse David.
I had to apologize for taking it so long to finish it and to post my review because I had moments that I don’t feel like reading or doing anything. But I assure you that this book is wonderful.
Before I start reading Making It Complicated, I made sure that I’ve read the first book in the series which is Keeping the Distance. I enjoyed the first book so much that I did not hesitate to start the second book immediately.
So the first time I encounter Cam and Hunter’s is in Keeping the Distance. I know that that time, Cam already caught Hunter’s attention in their first short conversation.
In this story, Cam needs Hunter because she needs someone, a friend, who is always there for her because her best friend (Melissa) is not available anymore. Cam is broken because of her family situation. She finds comfort with Hunter and needs time to open herself again. At the same time she is digging her own grave for not being honest to her bestfriend. At some point I hated Cam but when bravery takes over her, all the hate vanished. Well, like Cam I hated her mother. On the other side, I like Hunter. He is like the perfect boyfriend that you dream about.
Admitting to yourself that you are wrong and at fault is really hard. I’m proud of Cam! Moreover, acceptance plays a vital role in the story. I had reflected so much in this book about life, relationship, friendship.
Making it Complicated is in good pace, I like the writing style and it does not have heavy drama.
“Does being angry at the world feel good?”
“It would be too boring if things worked out as planned all the time, right?”
“It was easy to be angry at the world, but as much as I wanted to pretend nobody understood me, somebody did. Plenty of people did.”
“Being brave was a whole lot harder than I first thought. It required standing on my own two feet while knowing there were people who cared about me and would help pick up the pieces if I failed.”
“Knowing you’ll get hurt shouldn’t stop you from loving. We can only choose the people we love and trust that we’ll figure things out, even if they end up hurting us. Even if we end up hurting them.”
Buy link: Amazon