Friday, February 27, 2009

I Know It's Over

By: C.K. Kelly Martin

Pure. Unplanned. Perfect. Those were Nick's summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parent's divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs.
All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he's neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn't mind in the least. But Nick's world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, while Nick's still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she's pregnant, and with his emotions and hopes crashing in around him, Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can't stop caring for, the girl who insists that it's still over. (Summary from

Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 5/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 9/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 49
Grade: A

Cussing: 3/10
Drugs, Alcohol, Etc.: 6/10
Sexual Content: 9/10
Aimed at: 16 and up

# of pages: 244 pg.
Written in: 1rst person narrative, male
Released on: September 23, 2008
Tone: sad and sweet and everything in between

Now I know I said I was going to be tougher on books but I'm being as tough as I can on this one. It had me hooked from the very first page. The writing is filled with all sorts of strong feelings but its not over emotional. It is an inside look at what goes on inside a boy's head. C.K. Kelly Martin has a great voice that is very evident in her debut novel. There were a lot of descriptive sexual scenes but it's a book about teen pregnancy so it shouldn't be a big surprise. I loved how the book was told through a boy's eyes. It helped to keep this book unique. The many references to the past through Nick's memories really helped to develop the characters enough to where the readers can connect to their emotions. I have read 3 other novels about teen pregnancy but none seemed as accurate and emotional as this book did. This book shows the joy of a true love and the fear of a mistake. It shows how love never really fades even if the relationship does. It shows why great friends are great and how family will always be there. I loved this book. Throughout the whole thing I laughed and smiled and cried and sometimes at the same time. It is a heartbreaking novel that is beautifully written with vivid descriptions of the obstacles and consequences no one wants to face alone. With strong writing, a powerful topic, and such real, raw feelings, it's hard not to fall in love with I Know It's Over.


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Anna said...

This book looks so good. :)

Oh, and I love how you have the three categories of ratings on the front... it's really nice. :)

Great review. :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your comment. I should be sending you the book in about a week or so.


stargirlreads said...

sounds good