The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Goodreads Stars: 3
Buy the Book: Amazon UK
The Reece Malcolm List is your average story with your average main character and average (and at times bad) writing. It’s everything you look for when you want a light read for the beach or a car journey. It’s definitely not a bad book, but I don’t think it has anything that sets it apart from the rest.
Things I Liked
- The growth of Devan and Reece’s relationship.
Reece Malcolm’s boyfriend. He was adorable! He is such a nice guy. So kind, and a great cook, so he’s perfect. I wouldn’t mind him as a boyfriend myself. Since I wasn’t a fan of any of the other characters, it was nice to have Brad there for me to fall back on!
- The ending.
I got so emotional reading the ending! I openly cried, and I couldn’t believe it because I just didn’t care for either Reece or Devan. Nevertheless, I did love their relationship, and I loved feeling a slight connection with the two characters in the final few scenes.
Things I Didn’t
- The excessive use of brackets.
I don’t know if you know this, but I really bloody hate using brackets unless I feel they are totally necessary. I also hate reading books like this when they simply abuse them. Every other page was full of brackets, which were used when Devan wanted to add another comment which disrupted the whole flow of the narrative. I don’t know why these comments, such as what Devan was wearing or whatever, weren’t woven into the story as description. Argh.
- Devan hardly ever bringing up her father.
Devan’s dad is dead, and so we should expect her to be grieving, right? Thankfully I haven’t lost a parent, but I would imagine that three months is not enough time to completely get over your parent’s death. I cannot remember a time that Devan thought of her father unless she was telling other characters about how he ignored her. It felt very off to me.
- The romance.
There’s a love triangle, although I must admit that it’s not too bad in comparison to some love triangles I have read about. I didn’t really understand the connection that Devan felt towards her love interest, and I honestly wish that the whole thing had been left out. The two barely spoke to each other. It would have made more sense for Devan to fall for Brad (thank the gods that didn’t happen!).
Overall, The Reece Malcolm List is just ‘good’. There were multiple things that made me dislike the book, but the relationship between Reece and Devan – and Brad! – was just too good for me to say this book was boring. I was kept interested by that aspect, so I’ve given it a middle rating!