Welcome to my stop on the Stripped blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!
by Brooklyn Skye
Summary from Goodreads:
“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t…waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Stripped was an alluring story of two damaged people coming together and helping each other. It draws you into the broken life of Quinn, an emotionally closed off girl and the lengths she go through to finish college. I really enjoyed the romantic aspect of the story, though I wanted more, it felt real and natural.. no insta-love here. It's also has a great level of humor and snark added into it, which balances out the darker parts of the book.
Cover and writing
After reading the book, you'll understand the cover much better. I actually like it a bit more now. At first glance it is mysterious and it does make you want to pick it up. Brooklyn's writing was great. It was perfectly balanced. It is told in the first person POV from Quinn's prospective.
Quinn starts out as a strong character, but you get glimpses of a shattered person here and there. She deals with her issues and grief with her chin up.. which I totally admire!
Swoonworthy points: 7
This is the part of the book I'd have liked a bit more on. The couple make a perfect pair, and they interact well. The issue, is that there is a lot of things going on in Quinn's life and the book doesn't fully focus on the romance. There are a few hot scenes, and overall Torrin is a sweet, sarcastic, stud-muffin that just wants to be with Quinn.
Overall, this was a great addition to the NA genre. It is a hard one to put down and a quick one to finish. I would definitely recommend it!
About the Author
Brooklyn Skye is just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She grew up in a small California town where she quickly realized writing was an easy escape from small town life.Website / Twitter / Goodreads