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Review: The Wrong Path by Vivian Marie Aubin du Paris

Thursday, July 7, 2011
2 Stars: An Okay Read
Publication: July 2, 2011 by Vivian Marie Aubin du Paris

Annabelle's life was finally going according to plan. She had the right group of friends. Her childhood crush had finally started to notice her. She was pretty, popular, and in love. And then one terrible night at a party Will enters her life and everything changes.

Will is the polar opposite of his older brother Trevor—Annabelle’s new boyfriend—the popular, straight-A, quarterback high school star. He's wild, charismatic, and full of secrets. He's completely different from anyone Annabelle has ever known, and soon their accidental run-in becomes a pattern as Annabelle finds herself seeking him out wherever she goes. Despite his open hostility with his older brother, Annabelle is drawn to him, wanting to be with him. Will opens a new world for Annabelle, one where she can shed her carefully constructed mask and be herself.

But being with Will comes at a price. And when tragedy strikes, she has to make a choice between the two brothers. And the wrong one means losing everything forever.

The Wrong Path is a story about learning to be yourself and opening yourself to reality instead of seeing what you want to see. Annabelle is the girl that everyone wants to be. She’s gorgeous and is part of the ‘in’ crowd, and the guy of her dreams is beginning to express interest in her. Then she gets her first real talk with Will, and soon she’s beginning to see him everywhere, causing her to question what she really wants in life.

Annabelle is a really sweet girl. You wouldn’t think that such a gorgeous and kind girl as her would have self-esteem problems that keep her dependent on being part of the ‘in’ crowd, but her fear of alienation keeps her following Claire’s lead. To give her credit, she genuinely believes that these people are her friends, though sometimes her naivety seems a little too overdone.

Will’s character is a little more believable. Despite being a misunderstood character, he understands how the world around him works. Mostly, his outsider status is because people don’t bother to learn about the guy beneath the surface, even his own brother. He has very valid reasons for acting the way he does.  Plus, he’s TDH (tall, dark, and handsome), the kind of guy I love. I tell you. I read the book for Will alone.

Some technical details did taking away from the reading experience. The story was overly predictable, and there wasn’t as much plot development as I would have liked to see. Annabelle’s life is seemingly focused around the moments she’s with Will and her group: being herself versus pretending to be someone else. The rest of her life and her other relationships remains blurred to the reader.

Other than Annabelle and Will (and maybe Trevor and Ebony), the other characters were flat for the most part, and the whole forcing yourself to be part of the in crowd is clich├ęd. The author often relies on adverbs to elaborate on the details instead of imaginary, which ended up making the reading more awkward.

This novel is a short read and makes a nice summer read if you like chick flicks, romance, and bad boys.


A copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the author.
1 comment on "Review: The Wrong Path by Vivian Marie Aubin du Paris"
  1. this book sounds awesome! i cant wait to read this. its going on the wishlist. thank you for sharing!


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