For me Torn was one of my first experiences with the New Adult genre second to Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker and easily follow suits with it in characters and plot, and from my general experience with novels in general, Torn felt lacking in several areas and the plot itself felt mundane and reused so many times. Here's the synopsis.
Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.
On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.
Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.
Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?
Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.
Already from reading the synoposis you can see some of the cliches that are riddled through out the novel the cocky, bad boy guy that the innocent good girl is after. Not including the best friend, who wants to protect her. The novel feels like a weak drama that will rerun on Lifetime. These cliches don't effect only the main characters but see their way into all of the minor characters making all of the characters uninteresting, boring, and downright annoying. It's hard to sit and listen to a character complain about their problems when you couldn't care less about them.
These cliches are also found in the plot, with the plot being the classic good ol story you would find in a romance movie from the 70's. It almost as if K.A Robinson watched a bunch of movies, took all of the weak plots, annoying characters, boring settings, and a haunting past to make her main character sound more mysterious and put them into one story.
I could go on about how the prose is simplistic for middle scholars and talk about the non-existing description, but the novel is honestly not worth the long explanation. Definitely a skip, even if it was on sale for half off. You've all read this story before, so don't waste your time on a novel you already read a million times. But surprisingly, K.A Robinson managed to turn this novel into a series with a fourth installment due sometime in 2014.
Final score: 2.3/5
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