Book Review : Juilliard or Else by Nichele Reese

July 8, 2013 Book review 0 ★★½

Juilliard or Else is a hard one to rate. Some parts were great. But then other parts were jumbled, confusing and inconsistent.

Book Review : Juilliard or Else by Nichele ReeseJuilliard or Else by Nichele Reese
Published by self published on 23 May 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 452
Format: eBook
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This is a twisting story of young love torn in two.

Abigail McCall has been accepted into Juilliard for Ballet. Being nineteen, she’s ready to move out of her tight shell at her parent’s house and in with her new roommates. Abigail finds herself distracted with things she never saw herself doing.

'Hey, I’m Tucker.
That’s all it took. His own name rolling off his tongue.'

With no job and coming from a broken home with a mother who doesn’t care what happens to him, could you blame Tucker for being so secretive? The dark and mysterious Tucker has his sights set on the prim and proper ballerina. So he knows he has to change his self destructive ways in order to keep Abigail in his life. Which means, betraying his closest friends.

Obstacles are thrown at them.
They don’t approve of the ballerina and the poor boy.

The world won’t let Abigail and Tucker be together. What do they have to sacrifice to stay together...

Can the good come out in the bad? Or does someone always end up hurt and alone?

Tucker has nothing, but Abigail has everything to lose...

New Adult Novel. Contains adult situations, sexuality, some violence, and is suited for ages 18 and up.

Coming May 13th 2013(less)

My Recap
I could recap this book with just line. The spoilt rich girl ballerina and the deprived bad boy tattoo artist. I think you get the picture?

My Thoughts
With sharper editing, Juilliard or Else would be so much better. I didn’t find the editing too bad at the start but it got worse and worse.  At about 75% in, there was spelling and grammar mistakes all over the place which was distracting and annoying.

The plot felt very melodramatic, I think toning it down a notch (or five) would be good. Honestly when I think about all the things that happened, it feels a bit surreal. The plot was good at times and took some unexpected turns but it was just all a bit too much.

The characters were the best part. They felt very real and they engaged me. They were what kept me turning the pages. I cared about both characters and wanted everything to work out. Gabs was naïve but surprisingly unspoilt and I liked her a lot. I found her needy at times though. Going to where Tucker worked, watching him work and sitting in his lap between jobs. Please! Give me a break!

Tucker was harder to figure out. He was secretive and had good reason to be. I knew he was genuine though and wanted more from life. I mostly liked him apart from the clichéd possessive side. The epilogue from Tucker’s POV was a nice surprise and a great finish to the book.

Their friends were well fleshed out too and added interesting sideline stories. I loved the setting that was another highlight for me, it was ballet, enough said.

So overall the atmosphere and setting worked, the characters were well drawn but it was let down by the over the top plot and AWFUL editing.

Who should read Juilliard or Else?
Die hard fans of ballet/NA books.  But only if you can overlook the bad editing.


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