BLOG REVIEW : Worth Fighting For by Charity West
March 8, 2017
Title : Worth Fighting For
Author : Charity West
Series : n/a
Release date : October 17th 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb : High School senior Lily Rhodes has been in love with her brother’s best friend nearly all her life. When nineteen year old Jake joins the Marines and is shipped overseas, she worries she’ll never see him again, and wishes she’d been braver before he left. Lily vows that if Jake comes home, she’ll tell him how she feels. But when Jake is injured by an IED and is discharged from the Marines, he comes home changed, bitter and broken. Despite the fact he’s loved Lily for the past three years, he no longer feels worthy of someone like her. Not one to back down from a challenge, Lily knows the best things in life are worth fighting for.
Review : When Charity West wrote “Worth Fighting For” she tried to bring different genres together. The reader will find parts of the “wounded soldier/marine” genre, together with a “friend to lover” vibe and all this in an “High School / YA Surrounding”.
It was an interesting concept but I feel the author wanted to much and meshed together what could not work together so well. While I liked the idea and the basic plot very much there was an age issue for me that followed me through the whole book.
If it had been placed only a little further like for example into college it would have been more believable. Throughout the whole book I had this feeling that from all the experiences that Jake had he should have been much older than he was (yes I know that war actually does that to a person – but it felt like MORE in that case).
Also I had time issues with Jake’s injury and especially with the arrival of Lily’s brother (I do not want to dive into this any deeper because of spoilers) but both events felt unbelievable to me.
Do not misunderstand – I liked the basic story but some stuff was just too far-fetched and other things were really difficult to mesh together. Because except the obvious story that is mentioned in the Blurb there is an additional story hidden within the pages.
And it felt that the author wanted to much from the actually quite short book.
I think if the author would reconsider the timeline of the whole plot this could be a solid 4 or 5 star read but as it is I am afraid that I am not able to come up with more than 3 stars for this story.