REVIEW: The Replacement is an emotional roller-coaster, readers will experience strong emotions while trying to identify with the characters. The author definitely breaks the standard with her characters and it certainly breaks the heroine mold.
The Plot: I like stories where things develop slowly and where the drama and struggles makes things feel real. The Replacement has an interesting plot but not necessarily unique, Elise has had a rough childhood, her father didn’t love her and her mother died of cancer while she was young. Though she wasn’t physically abuse the mental abused administered by her farther marked her present and her future. His sexual innuendos and intrusive suggestions while she was still a young girl set her future into motion. His idea of a woman’s worth was based on her looks and body. Elise took his comments and suggestion to heart, setting herself for a life fulled of sex, self destruction, lack of respect and consideration towards others.
The Story: There is a possibility that after reading this book you are left with a sense of dread, or just shaken. The Replacement is not your typical love story, you will not find love at the first sight or the type of love that grows old. You will not find a story where there is a need for submission or domination, this isn’t a story of a forgotten love or even redemption, this is the story of a young woman who thrives in self destruction. Elise doesn’t believe in love but she believes in sex, and tons of it, with as many men as possible. Elise’s is selfish, she blame her daddy for her problems, she blames her mother for not being there, she blames the world for the life she chose to live.
The Characters: Elise’s character is quite different from many I have read, I think she is still strong and independent but also selfish, self absorbed, irreverent, rude and condescending. She doesn’t know what love or friendship is all about, she is a dreamer and lack drive. She complains about her life but does nothing to change her present. The other characters (the men she has sex with) go from arrogant to down right selfish. There are things one tend to love about a character or two but unfortunately for me I can’t find one.
Overall, this is a very well written story, emotional and raw. However, this book didn’t work for me. I didn’t think Elise had any redeemable qualities, her relationship with Ryder was entirely based on a weak foundation. Her attraction for Ryder was entirely sexual, while Ryder’s was more of a savior than a lover. I wanted to love this story because I think the author writes very well but I wasn’t able to relate or connect with the characters.
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