Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes
Author: Jessica C. Scott
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com)
Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about “fitting in” a world where superficiality reigns supreme. Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who’s morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. They decide to be “friends-with-benefits”. But it’s Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog–which *isn’t private*–that backs out. EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths’ relentless search for themselves–and what’s really in their hearts.
I will admit that this review is not an easy one to write, particularly since many will perceive it to not be in the “positive review” category.. but I feel the need to be honest. I am going to start with saying that the idea behind the novel is delightful – an inside look into the world of a teenager and her budding sexuality. The way Jade thinks is spot on with teenagers in today’s world – sporadic ramblings, and honest, intimate details of her life shared.
There were some portions of the novel in which I genuinely laughed at the imagery – this young teenager practicing sex moves alone in her room. I thought – well, I am sure a lot of teenagers can relate! EyeLeash has the potential to be the “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret” of our new day. I remember reading “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret” as a young teenager, feeling almost embarrassed but relieved to read about the life of another teenager, going through what most teenagers go through and thinking, “Wow! It’s in a book!” The shock value is there.
However – the novel falls flat on many accounts. I could understand that the novel is supposed to be someone’s blog, a young person’s blog – but I think it was unsafe to assume that all blogs (particularly those of a teenagers) cannot be eloquently written. At times, particularly in copy-and-paste dialogue from Jade’s chat(s) with friends – many sentences lacked proper grammar and punctuation. It was as if I was reading text messages of the uneducated. I know many teenagers write like this, nowadays, but I never did – and I have a hard time relating to this new way of writing. I also felt, due to the demographics of the targeted readers, that it portrayed the wrong idea to young pre-teens and teenagers that this was an acceptable method of writing.
I feel it’s important that a reader not only can relate to a character (through experiences) but there has to be some sort of edge that causes the reader to respect and/or strive to be like the character in some way. I just couldn’t do it. Could I relate to being a sexually frustrated teenager – sure, we all were at some point. But the way the protagonist wrote – and being an avid reader, I couldn’t get beyond the typos, formatting issues, and lingo. I also couldn’t gauge the background information of this character. I think without understanding who this character is and where she is from, it’s hard to fully fall into this teenager’s life. It just did not scream, “A well-written masterpiece of today”.
I rated this novel 1.5 stars because I feel the potential is there. Like I previously mentioned, the shock value is apparent. Teenagers will love to read about the life of an average teenager and devlishly love reading about crushes, first dates, and first sexual experiences. The concept, the idea, the topic – is wonderful. But, the rest of the book needs work.