Number of Pages: 275
Publication Date: February 18, 2012
Damion was born the most beautiful boy in the world, which is great..but is it really? As this boy grows into a young man, Damion realizes he wants to be liked for more than just his looks. With one rash decision, everything changes and the reader is left guessing what the outcome will be.
This book really left me in a state of uncertainty. Though the message is clear and valuable, it took a while to get there.
Due to Damion’s beauty, people would fall “in love” with him quickly, but it wasn’t necessarily real love. Even when it was, Damion never felt the same. This is a very realistic aspect of the book – finding reciprocated true love is not always easy.
However, a good portion of the book, I found tedious to read. All the supporting characters that came in and out of Damion’s life added to the story, but when their backstories were explained, they were long-winded and I found unnecessary. It interrupted the reading flow and the smoothness of the plot. Because of the amount of people (and movement), I had to continually try to remember whom was whom and what role they played in Damion’s life. As an aside that added to the confusion, I did not understand the need for Damion to have multiple names depending on who was addressing him.
Also, I struggled with the writing flow in general. Sometimes, the writing was nice and readable, and other times not so much. There were lengthy sentences with several commas throughout the text, which I felt could have been edited to create a better flow. They sentences would include multiple subjects and actions, that by end, I had to remind myself what was being said.
I did find the ending to be appropriate, but not truly surprising since the author does mention it towards the beginning of the read. Even though the premise of the book is about beauty, there was too much focus on it for my taste; I felt it repetitive.
At one point, I could not for the life of me understand why would a father not be there for his son during such a vulnerable time. Without giving too much away, this really bothered me. Lastly, I didn’t really get to know Damion very much. Yes, towards the end, I was able to understand him a bit more, but even then, I felt it was rushed and it was over before it began.
Overall, the message is strong and clear, but I don’t feel this book was for me.
As a warning, there is clear talk about teen and young adult suicide, the death of someone due to cancer, and alcohol/drugs.
I received this eBook from OnlineBookClub in exchange for an honest review.