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Review: After Hours by Claire Kennedy



Blurb from Goodreads:
Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn't just about waiting tables. It's about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it's about Tips.

Tips--the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money...absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi's stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy...even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes...and things are about to get dirty.
My Review:
 
After Hours was unfortunately not one of the better books I've read this year.  It was juvenile and puerile.  I'm not a prude but there is something very wrong about a 30+ year old man preying on teenagers for sexual favors as well as holding contests that not only involve illegal acts but disgusting sexual acts as well.  I was hoping this would be a lighthearted read like watching an 80s movie (there are aspects of Loverboy in this as well) but it was just dirty and sad.  Also, the misspellings, misuse of words and diction made this book very difficult to finish.

I can't say that I would recommend this to anyone but others may like it.  After Hours was just released last week, and you can purchase HERE.
"Thanks for coming in, Xavi," Rico says.  He kicks his shiny shoes up on his desk.  One of his soles has a flattened slab of pink gum attached to it.  Ew.
"Uh, you're welcome."
Rico puts his hands behind his head, like a bad business executive in a terrible movie.  I'm not sure if he's going to intimidating or powerful, because all he's getting from me is confused.  I get a hipster urge to Instagram the bottom of his shoe, but I suppress it.   

Comments

  1. I think I had come across this book once but it didn't interest me enough to take a proper look. After reading your review I am definitely avoiding it. Thanks for sharing and hope your next read is better :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  2. Awww, sad you didn’t like this one! I haven’t read it yet, but it did sound kinda good. Sorry it was a disappointment :( Great review!

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  3. Ugh, I am sad that it was so juvenile. I really thought that it sounded better
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  4. The premise of this book makes it sound like a fun read, but now that you've pointed out the weird sexual dares and stuff, I should probably stay away from it. I'll end up putting it down immediately anyway.

    Melissa @ The Reader and the Chef

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  5. I wasn't sure about this one, but if it's a 30 year old guy preying on young girls?! Yeah, I'm out! That is awful! I am really sorry that this one went in such a bad direction, I hope your next book is much better!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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