(I received a free review copy for a blog tour)
“Without tennis, what’s the point of me?”
The Harper Effect By Taryn Bashford
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 1 star
(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)
Harper has been living the dream as a tennis player, but her coach tells her that she doesn’t have what it takes to go pro. When she confides in her childhood best friend, who happens to be her sister’s ex, her feelings for him are rekindled. She is paired off with Colt, a mysterious and brooding tennis player who becomes her doubles partner as they train to become the best in tennis.
Honestly, I actually really enjoyed this book and would have given it a 4 star rating. Why did I give it 1 star rating instead? Because after I finished the book, I chanced upon an incident that happened to a fellow book blogger and I was not going to stand by and not support my fellow book bloggers. The book blogger (Happy Indulgence) wasn’t a fan of the book and the author claimed that she had a vendetta against her and wanted to take legal action. After seeing what went down, I was so upset and I had this book review for a blog tour, so I changed it to a spotlight post instead so I could address this issue in a separate review.
It is not cool to bully book bloggers. We aren’t paid to book blog and we spend hours of our time reading the book and crafting a review after for our readers and our followers to see. We are bridges between the books and audiences as through our reviews, people can decide whether they like the book and whether they would like to pick it up or not. And everyone has the freedom to voice out their opinions so I was really upset about the entire incident and felt so sympathetic to Jeann over at Happy Indulgence. (view her post here )
I actually really liked the angst between Harper and Colt, but don’t really appreciate her breaking the sister code. I did find the story dramatically painful (In a good way) and actually really liked that this book was raw and realistic especially with the characters. I really liked the progression of events and loved that we got to decode Colt’s character along with Harper. The story did tug at my heartstrings.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂