[Review] The Funeral Flower

Friday, June 23, 2017

Title: The Funeral Flower

Author: Michelle Jester

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Publishing: June 20, 2017

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James... and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.
Due to critical subject matter recommended for Ages 17+

WARNING: Clichés up the ass and teenage pregnancy. 
2nd WARNING: This book gets pretty preachy at some point. If you don't want to see people talking about God every 5 pages, this probably isn't for you.

What is it with meeting guys on the first day and then falling for them? 

Funeral Flower immediately caught my attention with its cover and synopsis. Honestly, though, I was expecting more. Let's first talk about the main character, Kelly. She gets bullied and every now and then talks about wanting to die. Enter Ty, a boy her age that talks with her through the fence in her backyard. In the beginning, she seems so fragile but as the story progresses, she turns into every cliché bait. It's even worse that she even talks about how cliché everything is and it makes me think that the author didn't realize that a lot of the time, clichés just annoy people when they're right in front of your face in every moment. 

In comes the love at first sight with this guy who has a "dark" past. Immediately, he thinks he owns her and she, for some dumb reason, agrees. From there, they fall in love within it seems like three days. He moves a lot so there's the chance he leaves, but that doesn't stop it from hurting when he does. Realism. I feel like that was one of the very few times it truly felt like something happening was realistic. 

Cue the aftermath. A guy knocks her up because they don't practice safe sex and when she sees him after he moves so she can tell him she's pregnant, he's wrapped around another girl. Much like anyone else would feel, she gets pissed and upset. When she returns home, she makes a hard decision and that's about the only time I felt something for her or at all in this book. 

When she finds someone else and one of his family members calls him his childhood nickname, the character doesn't immediately catch on. What? I get that memories fade, but that doesn't mean they're gone completely. Talk about oblivious. When she and this guy start dating, the past comes back and poor Miss, for some reason, thinks she's cheating on the first guy. Makes no damn sense.

Look, I get that when someone is your first, it's hard to get over them. I do. But when they walk out of your life like that guy did, feeling like that is so counterproductive. Do people out there think like the MC does? Maybe, but I certainly don't. You won't catch my ass feeling like I'm cheating on someone I'm no longer with. 

Let me talk about my second warning about the preaching. It's not like the book was telling me to believe in God or anything. Much like I said, I believe in God, but I don't talk about him consistently. I don't talk about how much I pray or what I pray for. I don't bring God up to random people on the street. While in some of the cases, it was alright, at some point, it become overbearing and it really took away from the story itself. 

Overall, the book was okay. It had a lot of potential and I can see where the author was trying to go with it, but with the flaws I noted above, I just couldn't enjoy it. I'm only giving it an extra point because it succeeded in at least making me tear up.

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