To Love Jason Thorn
By Ella Maise
Narrated by Lidia Dornet, Sebastian York
Publication date Apr 12, 2016
Published by Tantor Media
Running time 11 hrs 22 min
Audio CD, MP3 CD, Audio Download
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Jason Thorn . . . my brother’s childhood friend. Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But you only get to live in that fairy tale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.
After the stomping part, he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine. When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.
Now he’s a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy. Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m the writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/to-love-jason-thorn-lla-maise.html
This book was uneven for me. On balance I liked it: how the story developed, the jump between youth and adulthood, the occasional “Old Hollywood” feel of it. Sometimes the word-smithery is very good, even poetic — the very first line for example. Some scenes feel very real.
Then at other times the writing feels a lot like Fifty Shades, and the dialog jejune or crass. If a guy whispered some of the “sexy talk” Jason puts out I would laugh so hard his erection would shrivel right up. The situation is often not really believable — a new, unknown kid being invited to stay whenever he wanted to and the dialog between a young and younger Olive and Jason I found way off for their ages. The foreshadowing on who the big baddie ends up being is not too subtle.
And one thing that totally annoyed me, and perhaps Ella Maise is a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz, but Jason immediately begins calling Olive Little One. Of course that is one of Reisz’s character’s pet names for his love interest. Gah!
The story is told in alternating, first-person points of view. The narration from both Lidia and Sebastian was well-done, with appropriately-aged voicing for the characters, except the very young versions of the main characters. Perhaps the characters are being heard through the memories of the characters in their older incarnations, but not right from the start.
There’s also a time gap in the story line that I felt would have contained some appropriate information, like how Jason was “discovered” and why he is such a bad boy.
There is a real kernel of talent in this writer and she has a few books out now. But, there is something in her writing that tells me we can expect more and better from her.