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Book Review: ‘Sweaters and Cigarettes’ by Mika Fox

Author: Mika Fox

Title: Sweaters and Cigarettes

Length: 488pages

⭐️⭐️

This is the first book I’ve read by Mika Fox, and it will probably be the last. It’s Pride Month so I thought I’d share some of the LGBT books I’ve read over time.

Theo can’t stop looking at Max. With those black clothes and piercings, and that sarcastic charm that’s enough to intimidate pretty much anyone, he’s not exactly what you would call ordinary. Especially not when Theo is as ordinary as it gets, for a high schooler, along with all the insecurity and awkwardness that comes with it. Basically, Max is everything Theo is not, but no matter how hard Theo tries, he can’t get him off his mind. He’s honestly crushing on him so hard, that it’s not even funny. Theo has never spoken to Max, has even tried to hate him, but then their paths actually cross, their first conversation takes a surprising turn. And before long, they both find themselves falling harder and faster than they could ever have anticipated.

I would normally use a quote here, but this book had no quotes worthy…

I just didn’t like this book. It took me a long time to read, it was hard to get through to be honest. This book had no plot. When it finally got a bit of plot, it was brushed aside. Solved in one line. It was about the two main characters relationship forming but nothing else happened. The way the two characters got together wasn’t believable, at all.

I mean here’s the thing, if a book has a good slow burn romance, then that can be enough. But it has to be really good, and this was nowhere near good enough.

The characters, full of cliches. Max was especially unlikeable. They had no heart, no depth. Again, if there’s no plot the characters are what make the book enjoyable. But this didn’t have either. Such a disappointment.

I didn’t enjoy how it was written. It tried to be funny and it wasn’t. It tired to be intimate and totally missed the mark. It went into unnecessary rudeness and vulgarity. This book had so much potential, but it just didn’t live up to it.

The only positive thing about this book was the reaction Theo’s brother had to him coming out. He was happy for his brother, it’s always nice to read a positive experience. But that’s the only positive I could find.

Like I said, it’s the first book I’ve read by Mika Fox, so maybe her others are better (are they?) comment and let me know. I won’t be recommending this book to anyone.

Until the next review

JTH

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