Author: Jen Malone
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents’ divorce. So when she learns of her mom’s plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she’s stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean.
Cassie is furious. And nervous. It’s been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother’s role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point.
Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who’s as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together—wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline—the harder it is to fight the attraction.
Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents’ split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can’t even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life’s unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them…or dive right in. ~Goodreads
I really wanted to like this book—in fact it started off really strong—yet while reading the second chapter, I knew it would be a struggle to finish.
The story telling in Changes in Latitudes was very choppy. Huge chunks of time are missing from one scene to the next. There were moments I felt as though I skipped a page or paragraph—but alas, I did not. Along with that, this book was way too long, the plot unnecessarily repetitive and drawn out.
If you've read the above synopsis, congratulations, you've read the book. No joke. The synopsis gives away almost the entire story. There is nothing to learn about the main character making her lackluster, flat and boring.
Another thing that was a total miss—the romance. It was completely forced. The love interest was thrown at the reader. Cassie and his relationship predictable, (I.e. synopsis!) and anything but swoony. Even their kissing scenes dragged. Dudes....you know when I don’t fall for a love interest something is off.
All I have left to say is: skip this one, .