Thursday, July 22, 2010
Review : Rich and Mad
Title: Rich And Mad
Author: William Nicholson
Published: September 14th 2010 by EgmontUSA (first published April 5th 2009)
Copy Read: Arc
Synopsis: This is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in between. Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything. . .
Thoughts: What can I say about Rich and Mad. It's not exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be one of those cute, young adult reads. You know the one, girl meets boy, boy meets girl, a couple twists and then bam, love! And, in some ways, it is like this, but add in crude language, ridiculous secondary characters, and awkward physical interactions.
Rich and Mad is told through alternating POVs. First, you have Maddy. She begins to fall for the most popular boy in school. Sadly, he's in a serious relationship with someone else. Then, he begins paying more attention to her. They even begin exchanging secret emails. It's strange, really. He seems interested one minute, and aloof the next. She begins to question how he really feels and wondering if her frienemy, Grace Carey, has something to do with this.
Rich is the dorky kid in school no one really notices. He's in love with Grace Carey, the prettiest girl in school and has decided, this is the year. This is the year he will tell her how he feels and make her his girlfriend. But, we all know the prettiest girl is hardly ever the nicest. And soon, Rich begins to realize his infatuation with Grace may have been misplaced.
The thing about this book is, the characters just seem off. I couldn't relate to any of them. Rich is the sensitive type who writes in a journal and is in love with a girl he's never met. And Maddy is a sweet girl, who gets mixed up in this sort of high school drama that didn't even make sense. Both characters have family problems and issues, but end up relying on each other. And they're both so desperate to fall in love. Since they don't interact till halfway through the book, their relationship, to me, was very unrealistic and rushed. I never felt any chemistry between the two. The instalove, in my opinion, was more annoying than sweet.
Grace's character is what did me over. I couldn't stand her. Yes, she does have problems of her own, but I never once felt pity for her. Other than her cruelty, Grace lacked depth. I felt this way about a lot of the characters. They were just there to be there.
I also had issues with the dialogue. The banter between all the characters became confusing. I got lost in who was saying what and what was going on. And with the two main characters not interacting in the beginning of the book, I found the pacing to be a bit slow. If felt like a bunch of randomness and space fillers happened until they met.
I will warn readers this book is very graphic towards the end. The language (overuse of the word "cock" and analogies to "worshiping it") and sexual interactions are described in detail. While it's recommended for 14 and up, I would still hold caution before purchasing it. As long as you're okay with crude language and sex-speak, then go for it.
I know it seems I wrote a lot of negative feedback. I still think Rich and Mad is a cute read. Is it the best thing out there? Probably not. For the most part, I did enjoy certain aspects of it. I enjoyed the honesty depicted at the end of the book. I enjoyed some of the jokes, especially from Rich. But overall, it just wasn't for me.
Rating: 3 Stars