If Keeping The Distance reminded me of a K-drama, it was hard to pinpoint how I felt while reading Making It Complicated. Deep inside I was thrilled because my favorite boy, Hunter Alvarez, was finally getting his own story. But I wasn’t prepared for the emotions when I realized this wasn’t the Cam I knew in KTD. Gone was the vivacious kid who gave well-meaning advices to her bestfriend. This was a girl scarred by her own family issues.
I thought it was brave of the author to make the MC someone with a lot of emotional baggage. Cam was flawed and annoyingly real. While her angst had me frustrated at some point, I came to understand where she was coming from.
Hunter, on the other hand, was nothing but a sweetheart. I knew there was a reason why I liked the boy ever since he appeared in Keeping The Distance. The introduction of his band-mates was a welcome addition to the I Love Iloilo universe. Collectively known as The Integers, each had their own quirks so endearing you’d love to be friends with them in real life.
Clarisse remains to be one of the very few people who writes great banter between her characters and Making It Complicated stays true to her own brand of storytelling.
- The author never forgot Cam’s hobby! Photography was one of the things I loved about her in Keeping The Distance and I’m glad it played a role towards her emotional healing in this book.
- I was underwhelmed with how things were left between Cam and her mom. But I suppose that’s real life. I never expected instant forgiveness after that incident nearly turned her into an emotional wreck for the entire summer.
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