My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"My secrets were the reason the day my father died was both the worst and the best day of my life."
Molly is the daughter of the renowned psychology professor at the University of Minnesota. The story begins as she hosts a houseful of people, mourning the death of her father. Unable to listen to one more person go on and on about how wonderful her father was, Molly takes off, literally running down the street to the nearest bar. She meets a sexy stranger and leaves with him, ready for a one-night stand. From here on, we begin to uncover the secrets that surround Molly's life and see how each decision she makes is based on events in her past.
Growing up as a teen in the 90's, the title "Come As You Are" immediately evokes images of Kurt Cobain moaning the lyrics of his band's song (with the same title) in an MTV music video. Readers who share this memory will be delighted to know that COME AS YOU ARE is connected to that song. It is discussed throughout the book, along with the life and death of Kurt Cobain, himself.
Molly, a big Kurt Cobain fan, is a product of her environment. She surrounds herself with people she can keep at a distance and who won't ask too many questions. I truly felt for Molly. She deals with so much in her life and is stronger than she gives herself credit for. Her emotions are very real and so spot-on. I think I would have reacted the same way she did in most instances. This is what connected me to her most, though I've never shared her life experiences.
The reason for 3 out of 5 stars is that COME AS YOU ARE, a book that should have taken me 1-2 days to read, took me 5 days to read. It wasn't long, but I didn't feel a strong urge to keep turning the pages. It was something I could put down and come back to. Also, most of the secondary characters are not in the story much and I felt COME AS YOU ARE would have benefitted from more character development throughout. I'm happy to have read it, though, because there were some true surprises and poignant moments that I really enjoyed. I recommend it for fans of New Adult Romance.
✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
✳✳ Reviewed on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews by MissyGirl