Many romance novels that I have read often portray the mate as “perfect” or “irresistible”. Even if they aren’t perfect their good qualities are more noticeable than the negative one’s. I have noticed that this happens more often with teenage romance novels. A lot of romance novels have happy endings. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing. But have you ever read a romance novel that doesn’t have a happy ending? Or one where the main character doesn’t get the guy or girl that they wanted to be with? A good example of that would be the book version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. (It’s actually a fairy tale not a novel but it’s a story.) Does she marry the prince in the Disney movie? Yes. But in the original story she didn’t and it also had a completely different moral. But it’s still a great story in my opinion. I’m not complaining about anything I am just typing my thoughts on this. What are your thoughts on romance novels?
What Comes After is a beautifully written book by Steve Watkins about a 16 year old vegitarian and animal loving girl named Iris Wight. In the beginning of the story Iris lived in Maine with her best friend Beatrice since her father passed away. Her mother abandoned her and her father when she was very young. After Beatrice’s parents had issues with their marriagemIris was forced to live on a farm in North Carolina with her Aunt Sue and her cousin Book who eventually became abusive to her. I don’t want to spoil the ending. But I will say that this novel is a very touching story about hope and staying strong in difficult times. You might even go through an emotional rollercoaster while reading this book. (In a good way of course.) There is also a hint of romance in the book. But it does not take over the whole story. What I like the most about this novel is that both the protagonist and the antagonists have some growth in this story. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5.