Book: A Thousand Reasons
Author: Mariah Dietz
Series: a standalone but I’d recommend reading the Becoming His series
Release date: 21 June 2018
Main characters: Leela Walsh – a struggling medical student, Wes McCleary – also a medical student, but with decidedly more advantages in life.
Plot: Leela Walsh has a lot on her plate. Not only does she have a demanding academic schedule; she also works three jobs, and has to contribute to the household bills and help her parents keep their heads above water. Life isn’t exactly easy. Plus there’s the added stress of an errant younger brother and sister to contend with.
When she meets Wes McCleary, Leela is convinced she has him pegged. A rich kid without a care in the world who hasn’t had to sacrifice a thing to get where he is…
When Wes meets Leela, he’s both intrigued and confused by her cold shoulder treatment. He wants to get to know her, but dislikes girls who play games. Her hot and cold treatment leave him unsure of himself in a way he’s never felt before. She’s clearly hiding something, and the question is, why? Wes hasn’t had an easy life, despite a lack of financial woes. Family, he has found, comes in all shapes and sizes, and his happens to be his circle of friends. They’re unbreakable and Wes is more than happy to find a space for Leela – if she’ll ever let down her shields…
Why you should read it: This book is billed as a standalone, but I’d highly recommend reading the Becoming His series first. Why? Because I didn’t, and for the first third of the book I was seriously confused by Wes’s circle of friends. I felt as though I’d missed some pages of the book or like when you enter a room only to hear the tail-end of a conversation – it took a while to get up to speed with these characters. The book is fairly low-drama – which isn’t a criticism. It’s a story about a guy and a girl getting to know one another, and in the main it was sweet.
What you might not like: Leela had a sizeable chip on her shoulder for most of the book, and it was quite annoying at times. She had a lot of personal growth to do in the book and just when the reader is getting comfortable with the character dynamics, it ends! Wes was a good guy – not overly complex. The biggest thing to happen to him is an injury to his foot. It’s very low drama and as such, not the most captivating read, if I’m honest. It ended abruptly – practically mid-sentence. There were some nice elements – namely Leela’s peripheral friends, but overall, it was just ok. Leela’s parents were also horrid – I thought they were very unfair to Leela!
Rating: 2/5 – I just couldn’t get excited about this story – it was a bit…ordinary.