Book Review : Shatter by Erin McCarthy

September 1, 2014 Book review 4 ★★★

New Adult books can be hit or miss for me. However The True Believers series is one my favourite of all New Adult series out there as it combines great characters with believable scenarios. So I squeed when I was auto approved for this book on NetGalley but something about this one didn’t fully work for me. It was like not love.

Book Review : Shatter by Erin McCarthyShatter by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #4
Published by Penguin on 2nd Sept 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, and Believe comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways...

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again...

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole...

First Line of Shatter by Erin McCarthy:

“I hated living alone.”

My Thoughts on Shatter by Erin McCarthy

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike the book, not in the slightest. It was a really good read and I thought the characters were superbly developed just as all Erin’s characters are. To me a huge sign that I ‘got’ the characters was my reaction to the situation that Kylie found herself in. Normally I wouldn’t say what that situation is but as it’s already up there for all to see on the book synopsis, there is no need for me to be coy.

Kylie becomes pregnant after a one night stand. Now if that were me, I would be plotting out every little detail of what I’d do next, I’d be preparing my life as best I could and planning for every eventuality. Kylie on the other hand is happy-go-lucky, prepared to go with the flow and doesn’t seem to think ahead at all. But I wasn’t frustrated with her. I could see from her relationship with her parents and her friends why she was that way. I felt like I got a little glimpse into how her personality was formed and I got it and I got her.

Her relationship with Jonathon is sweet. They each have something that the other is lacking and they complement each other perfectly. Kylie might not understand the basics of chemistry but she knows when the chemistry is right. There is passion and honesty between them and I believed in their relationship every step of the way.

As well as that I loved the portrayal of Kylie’s relationship with her mother. I don’t know anyone that shares that much with mother but it was great to read about such a supportive relationship. Which is why it jarred me a bit and felt odd that after Kylie announced her pregnancy that her parents didn’t immediately want to meet Jonathon. It just rang an off tone with me and puzzled me a bit. They only lived a short distance away, why did they not WANT to meet him sooner.

The other thing that I felt was unnecessary was a plotline about Jonathon’s father. I felt like it was added for drama and notched the drama level a bit too high for my liking.

Those two issues aside, this is a pretty solid book with two characters that you can’t help but like. I love their whole gang of friends and I look forward to any more books that will follow in this series.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Shatter by Erin McCarthy?

I’d recommend this one to you if you like New Adult books with cracking characters and a tender love story. Fans of Caisey Quinn, Michelle Kemper Brownlow and Jamie McGuire should also enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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4 Responses to “Book Review : Shatter by Erin McCarthy”

  1. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    I liked this one too but agree it felt a little off. It wasn’t my favorite of the series even though I enjoyed it. The parents on both sides were a little weird to me. Her parents just jumped right in on the pregnancy and seemed just fine. I would have expected more concern over that myself. Not that I wanted them to give her trouble but they were so yay! over it.
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    • trish

      I know, I like their acceptance but I would have thought they would have wanted to know more about her plans. And want to meet him. That was odd!
      But I still liked the book, just not as much as the others.

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