5 Stars Review Guide
I am a big fan of Christina Lauren so it honestly came as no surprise that I loved this last installment in the Beautiful Bastard series.
These women not only have an amazing writing style and a great ability to construct an engaging story they also posses the ability to write unique and interesting characters, and for me this is where their work truly shines. I have loved each and every female character they have written and although we spend most of the time swooning over the male leads I want to take the time to discuss why their female leads should be really what we are swooning over.
Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people. (source)
Chloe, Sara, HANNA (my favourite), Ruby and Pippa are some of the most inspiring and interesting female protagonists that I have read about in the New Adult genre. They are driven to not only dominate in their field professionally but also to not be seen second to their partners in any light. They are strong and determined with their work. Hanna is a scientist, Pippa a mathematician and Chloe is set to take the Marketing world by storm. They are driven and passionate and in the age of the working women this is not something unattainable but something that occurs everyday. They are real women so we also see their insecurities and vulnerability.
I feel they are the embodiment of the above quote, as they are not only strong but also vulnerable. Ruby’s love for Niall left her completely and utterly at his will (not that he ever truly knew how much) she put herself out there for him time and time again, which was super brave but also a little heartbreaking for her.
“I nodded but couldn’t form even a single word in response. I wanted him so much it hurt, and now he was touching me, finally…”
She was both completely and utterly love sick for this man at the same time as striving to further he career as an Engineer. You see that struggle constantly between them (they work together) and then when she makes her choice and things don’t go as planned she reacts in a way I think we all would. Trying to keep it spoiler free here!
I think for me their ability to write such individual characters didn’t really sink in until I read Beautiful Player and we met dear Hanna. She could have really easily became the next Bella Swan. Shy bookworm type that keeps to herself was how she was introduced to us. However it didn’t take long to realise that though she was shy at first and very reclusive it wasn’t because she was insecure or needed some form of saving, it was because her life’s passion was her work and her study and that was what she was focused on. As the story goes on we learn she isn’t experienced in the bedroom (although not a virgin) and this is when the questions start, question lets face it we all want answers to
“Would you suck your own dick if you could?”
I started to say there was no way in hell, but then reconsidered. If it was even possible, I probably would at least once, just out of curiosity. “I guess…”
“Would you swallow?”
“Jesus, Ziggs, you’re really making me think here.”
“You have to think about it?”
Truly not the virginal type at all and proves that not all shy girls are innocent. And this is how my love for Hanna blossomed!
The point I am trying to make (though a little unsuccessfully) is that it is so easy to find a little bit of yourself in each of these leading laddies. Whether it is Chloe’s take no Shit attitude, Sara’s unexpected adventurous spirit, Hanna’s Inquisitive nature, the way Ruby throws herself into everything heart first head latter or Pippa’s thirst for happiness. These are traits we all hold, they are not only strong and determined they are passionate and real and exactly what I would love to see more of.
They don’t just brake the mold of your typical New Adult female lead they have created a completely new mold – a real mold.
This post actually started as a review to Beautiful – the last book in the series – but you know word vomit. All I can say is that it was a great way to end the series Jensen and Pippa were just as amazing as our other main characters. This was still their story and it was just as engaging as all the others in the series.
I must say I really enjoyed Jensen’s vulnerability and Pippas thirst for adventure and happiness. It was light and serious in all the right places and a down right beautiful story of unexpected coincidences and just how well opposites attract. Sometimes it’s not about finding someone who is compatible with you, its about finding someone who fills in the parts your missing.
Truly sad to see the series come to an end. For those who have read the series, who are your favourite characters?
Mine would have to be Hanna and Max.