Failing Test by J.M. Pierce


Title: Failing Test
Series: The Shadow Series
Author: J.M. Pierce
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 2010
Format Read: Kindle
Pages: 380


“Back of Book” Summary:

You know him, but you can’t remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways. What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn’t know? Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He’s a shadow like a million other kids–not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just…not, which is why no one ever notices him. But what happens when someone does notice him– Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there’s nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart?

My Review:

The book started off well. The first chapter held my attention and I remember thinking to myself that I liked the author’s writing style. However, the book soon turned into teen whiny soap opera. Test, the main character, a senior in high school had a secret crush on Nicole for almost a decade and never told her. Nicole, had a crush on Test but because of wanting to maintain her status as a popular cheerleader who hung out with the “in crowd,” she had kept her feelings private. The descriptions of the internal turmoil that these characters had was unbearably whiny, childish, and ridiculous. I almost gave up on this book early on. I gave it another try and was initially glad to have kept going. Nicole finally revealed her feelings for Test, she confronted her friends who in turn revealed they only cared for status and not her, and the book was starting to pick up in action: Test discovered his powers and rescued Nicole from a bad situation.

Well, I made it to about page 150 of 380 and called it quits for good. Test had powers that he needed to keep secret, yet kept revealing them to people and would whine about the repercussions. I did not have the patience to read hundreds more pages of complaining. Perhaps there are some good elements in the book, such as the storyline having potential. But I just could not read the teeny soap opera dialogue any longer and therefore had to abandon this book. I do enjoy many books within the Young Adult paranormal genre. However, being an adult and understanding how tough the real world is, it is rather annoying to read teenagers complaining about every little thing or being too scared of rejection- and thus are living their lives with regret- that it becomes annoying. The characters become unlikable and the book not enjoyable. I don’t read to be aggravated. I will not read another book in this series.


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