Today is my stop on the tour for Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall! I got to read and review the book, and there is a great giveaway in the post. Have fun! 😀
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a very interesting and complex story. A girl named Rebecca who is a shy pushover reinvents herself and becomes a snarky goth named Caden. This same girl falls for an ill-tempered and violent young man named Gabriel who at night becomes a childlike man named Tom.
I know it sounds complicated, but I followed the plot easily. Rebecca got sick of being a simpering good girl who constantly got hurt by others so she changed her name and learned to be more guarded. Rebecca is perfectly sane, (At least for the most part.) she just wants to be a different person. On the other hand, Gabriel suffers from a medical condition called dissociative identity disorder. He literally becomes a different person at night, and he cannot remember a thing about what that other personality does when he is in control of the body.
Even though the plot wasn’t difficult to follow, I did find the story telling to be confusing at times. You may think that it was Gabriel/Tom who confused me, but I understood them well. Tom and Gabriel were very different people so it was easy to tell them apart. It was Rebecca/Caden who confused me. Rebecca was supposed to be a girl who had so little self worth that she allowed her ex-boyfriend to beat her and treat her like crap, and Caden was supposed to be so strong that she would never let herself get hurt again. In actuality, Rebecca wasn’t as much of a pushover as she was presented to be, and Caden wasn’t that protective of herself. I think more than anything, there was never a difference between the two personalities, and she just called herself Rebecca when she did something she wished she had never done, and got to call herself Caden when she made what she considered to be good choices. Surprisingly, she was a more complex character than the guy with multiple personalities.
The relationship between the two leads was strange and never boring. I am not sure why Caden liked Gabriel or Tom so much. When they first met, Gabriel was very mean to her, and considering she just got out of an abusive relationship right before she met him, I would think she would have been more reluctant to trust him. And Tom didn’t have much of a personality to like or dislike. He was a generic child who could be very playful and funny one moment and annoying the next. Caden became attached to both personalities very quickly and endured a lot of angry outburst from Gabriel.
This is a story that is impossible to tell in one book. As much as I hate it when some stories are drawn out so that it can be packaged as a series, this story needs at least two books to be completed.
Even though I didn’t like all of the reckless decisions the characters in the book made, I can’t deny that I liked the story and can’t wait to read the next one. Gabriel and Caden are an unlikely couple. Their relationship developed too fast and they are much too young to be dealing with their problems alone, but their chemistry is electric. I found myself being sucked into this story in a way that doesn’t happen a lot these days. Every complaint I have about the characters and the are what made this a good book. Their imperfections made me care more about the story.
Sometimes teenage girls make horrible decisions when it comes to boys, and they hate their mothers for not being perfect enough to know what is wrong. They say mean hurtful things when people are just trying to help. And sometimes young men are so broken and in so much pain that they lash out in anger and crumble under the pressure of their own despair. They were both in pain so sometimes they lashed out, but they also tried hard to become better people.
I did not always like Gabriel, and I disagreed with some of Caden’s decisions, but for some reason I connected with them both as people and as a couple.
There is a great cliffhanger at the end that has me clamoring to read the next instalment, and I look forward to watching these characters grow and hopefully heal.
Because of language, I recommend this book for ages 15 and up.
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