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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

YA Book Review: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

♥ ♥ - - - (2 out of 5) 

"What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?

Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.


Althea & Oliver is the debut novel by Christina Moracho. It tells a story of two best friends and a one sided love. Althea wants more than the friendship that they have, while Oliver just wants to be normal again. So let me tell you why I gave this book a 2 out of 5!

First off I want to say what I liked about the novel. The cover is what probably attracted me to the story in the first place. It's extremely bright yellow, with black accents really made it stand out on a book shelf! And then I got to reading the synopsis, and I liked it.

The premise of the novel I thought was interesting and thought provoking, so I wanted to give it a read. Sadly, it started going downhill from there. In my opinion I hated the style of writing the author chose to tell the story in. It was told in the third person narrative, which is fine, but I just didn't like the tone the story was putting across. Maybe it is Christina's typical style of writing, or maybe it's just me, but many times I wanted to put the book down and leave it at that.

Then we have the characters. They were unrelatable, sometimes annoying, but ultimately most times frustrating. Not in a way that I want root for them to make the right decisions, but more so that I want to throw this book at their heads. 

One of my biggest issues in the book is when Christina Moracho uses rape in a poor fashion and sometimes even a punchline to a joke. 

"What are you supposed to be?" she asks.
"A date rapist?"   

About half way through the book until the end was excruciating to read. Althea spends it drinking, smoking, and hanging with shady people she just met to prove how shitty her life is now that Oliver wants nothing to do with her. Which I might point out that she deserves after what she did to him while he was in a state of unconsciousness. 

Their friendship is toxic. If they aren't trying to remember the happy memories they shared as kids, or trying to make things work between them sexually, then they are usually fighting and trying to make up.  

I'm sure there are more problematic things I can say about this book, but I'm tired of wasting my time at this point. I got what I needed to get off my chest and now I can move on to another book that deserves to be written about! 

If you enjoy books about toxic relationships, rape, and horrible characters, then you will definitely enjoy this book. I'm sorry if this review comes out rude, trashy, and just plain hateful. That is not the type of person I am, but after reading this book these things just had to be said.

My apologies! Come back next Friday for a better review~

See ya next time, 

Jesse Nicholas

Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog at

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