Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh

Title: Don’t Get Me Wrong Author: Marianne Kavanagh Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books Publication date: August 25, 2015 Acquired via: NetGalley
Title: Don’t Get Me Wrong
Author: Marianne Kavanagh
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Acquired via: NetGalley

Since their father left the family to marry another woman, and with an absentee mother always too self-absorbed in her own drama to take care of her children, sisters Eva and Kim have always been there for each other. While for Kim, Eva is all the family she needs, Eva considers Harry, her best friend, a part of her family as well. Unfortunately, Kim and Harry dislike each other and there is nothing they can agree upon, have nothing in common except their love for Eva. Through each milestone and family event they are at conflict until the moment when a person near and dear to them suffers a tragedy. Will this moment finally put Kim and Harry on the same page and help them put their differences aside?

The premise of the book initially drew me in, and it being marketed for fans of Jojo Moyes didn’t hurt! While the build up created in the storyline kept me eagerly turning the pages, I soon realised that each resulting twist and plot resolution chipped away at my enjoyment of this book. So the most important plot point of Don’t Get Me Wrong is that Kim and Harry dislike each other because of something he did when they first met, and the whole time I’m reading I’m hoping and expecting it to be something horrible (with all the buildup that’s what you would expect, right?) but in the end it’s really nothing and that’s so disappointing!

I love books that start off with the prologue or first chapter in the present and then have story go back into the past and working its way back to the present, developing both the characters and plotline, creating a connection for the reader to the story. Don’t Get Me Wrong tries to follow this style but the timeline shifts are confusing and at times occurring with no previous lead-up or explanation, so that it took me a few pages to figure out what was going on.

In the end, I can’t exactly say that I didn’t like this book but I didn’t really like it either. All I wanted to do was read a good romance novel and Don’t Get Me Wrong unfortunately wasn’t.

I give this book 2/5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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