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Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Published: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.
Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma andDanny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.
A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?
This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.
Due to an accident, caused by Aaryn, a cupid in training, he is forced to go to earth and fix the love that should have been, but instead is very complicated and stressful. Karma, the girl who Aaryn, managed to hit, is teen mom, with dreams to be a dancer, with a moron of a boyfriend, Danny, who was supposed to get shot with the other arrow, but due to a faulty arrow his love for Karma never arrived. So, this story is basically about a literal shot at love that went terribly wrong, like most loves in this world. I know everyone has been there at some point.
Karma, the girl protagonist of the story was very annoying to me. I know she had her struggles as a teen mom trying to have a life, but did she really need to be desperate enough to believe her boyfriend wasn’t cheating on her? The signs were right in front of her face, but of course she was blinded by Aaryn’s arrow, which made her a complete and total idiot! I’m sorry but reading her chapters angered me. At times, her boyfriend was physically abusive and it wasn’t anything Chris Brown did to Rihanna, but it was still abuse and she covered for him. I get he’s the father of her child and its really Aaryn’s fault for her feelings, but come on, wake up and dump the asshole! I think I honestly disliked her more than Danny, and I didn’t think that was possible.
However, I do think it is a decent read, I didn’t hate it, I just wish Karma wasn’t so stupid. I would love to read a YA novel where a girl is brave and smart enough to dump her before, without having a backup boy waiting for the break up. A girl doesn’t need a boy to be complete, even if she does have a baby. I wish the people who write YA would wake up and realize that, but all in all I give this book 3 stars.
You're the one who got yourself pregnant and I've already raise two babies of my own and I'm not impressed with your choice in men, either.
"It's tragic if you think about it. For someone to believe they're in love with a tree."
"You'd think, being gods, they could forbid something so stupid. Tree love."
"But the arrows are causing pain," I said. "They aren't only about love, are they, Dad?"
Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. She is a proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family.Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
Her debut novel ARROWS is being published by Delacorte Press on January 26, 2016. She is represented by agent Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson.