Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m not sure if you know this, but I have a NetGalley account, which means that I am able to request and get ARCs in exchange for my honest review. This means that from time to time, you’ll see a review I post about a book I was sent via NetGalley, and when this happens, I’ll let you know. Today, for example, I bring you the review of Like Candy by Debra Doxer, an ARC I got sent the longest time ago and that I’m finally done with, so thanks to NetGalley for this book, and here’s what I thought about it.
If you know me and my reading habits and quirks, you should know that I rarely read a book’s description before I decide I want to read it. I like to go into books blindly, or rather, relying only on the cover. So, of course, I thought this book had something to do with actual candy or pastries. Like, I don’t know, the main character bakes or something? Well, she does, like once or twice. The real reason behind the title is the fact that it’s the main character’s name.
Now, this book made me go “wait, what?” A LOT, up to the point where I stopped being shocked or surprised and went “okay, there’s that.” I’m not sure but I would bet this was Debra Doxer’s debut novel, and I say this in the sweetest of ways (no pun intended), but I just feel like the author just threw details as they occurred to her, like “oh, I know, let’s make her dad a killer!” and then she’d just add that stuff.
I like my contemporary novels to be believable, and this wasn’t at all. I mean, Candy’s father works for a company that gets people killed, and yes, I know that it might seem like it gives you a Scandal/How to Get Away With Murder vibe, but it doesn’t. I’ve read a couple of stories about paid killers, but this just wasn’t realistic.
Before I move on to something I did like about this novel, hence the three stars on Goodreads, I have to talk about an issue that was super problematic to me, and that’s the fact that the main characters, as well as some of her friends, had behaviors that are typical of people suffering from eating disorders. They only sip on Diet Coke at lunch time, and when their guy friends point it out, they start joking about having eating disorders. It is problematic because that’s thrown in the story like it’s nothing, just a joke, and it set off many alarms in my head, especially because this is a book targeted for teenagers and young adults, who might be suffering from eating disorders and could be triggered by the reckless mention of these.
Now for what I liked about the story. I liked the fact that I learned about CREST syndrome, which Candy suffers from. I learned about its symptoms and the way people who suffer from it deal with the syndrome, and I think that’s a way in which a book can raise awareness.
I’m going to talk more in detail about this in December (ugh, the wait), but I also loved Jonah. I mean, I’m not even talking about Jonah’s and Candy’s relationship, but Jonah himself, even when I wasn’t supposed to love him, I did because man, he was a fine guy. He made those “wait, what?” moments more bearable, and he made me finish this book after all this time.
Thanks again to NetGalley for providing me the ARC for Sweet Liar.
Love, Miss Camila