Published: May 8th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
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Get ready to fall hard for Rush…
Fallen Too Far introduced us to Rush Finlay, the gorgeous charming son of a famous rock star, and Blaire Wynn, the girl from Alabama who rode into Rosemary Beach, Florida, in a pick-up truck with a gun under the seat looking for her estranged father. United under one roof by the surprising marriage of their parents, Rush and Blaire couldn't hate each other more. But it only took a summer to for everything to change…
Fallen Too Far was Blaire's story. Now it's time for Rush to share his side, and for readers to fall all over again!
Retellings of a story from a different perspective can be a bit hit-or-miss. If there’s nothing new, then the book quickly becomes boring. I think Abbi Glines has done an admirable job of showing us Rush and Blaire’s initial courtship from Rush’s eyes, and ultimately liked Rush Too Far.
However, the more of Abbi’s books that I read, and I’ve read almost all of them, the more uncomfortable I am with certain stereotypes she uses in her books. For example, Rush’s obsession with Blaire’s innocence and purity irked me throughout the novel, because of how he put Blaire on a pedestal for nothing other than looking hot and being a virgin. He compared all the other girls he was with to her and decided they were all sluts for sleeping with him, whereas Blaire was awesome and innocent for not throwing herself at him. I think maybe he forgot that when a girl sleeps with him, he’s a part of it too.
It brings to mind the thing I see on Tumblr a lot: “If you consider a woman impure after you have touched her, maybe you should take a look at your hands.”
It’s an attitude many of Glines’ male protagonists have, and I’ve noticed that all of her female protagonists, bar one, are virgins when they first get together with the boy. There’s nothing subtle about the slut-shaming that goes on in Glines’ books, but I was deeply uncomfortable with how Rush thought of Blaire throughout Rush Too Far and I think it’s a step too far.
Otherwise, being inside Rush’s head was illuminating, especially because we finally get to hear the conversations he has with his mother and Blaire’s father and see how his attitude towards Nan changes as he gets closer to Blaire. Unfortunately, Blaire comes across as a bit flat in this story, because in Rush’s eyes she’s basically nothing but hot and sexy and innocent, and it takes away from her character as I know her from the other novels.
Fans of Rush will devour Rush Too Far. It brings an exciting new facet to the Rosemary Beach novels and gives readers an insight into one of the most popular heroes of NA. I wonder if the rest of the books will be rewritten from Rush’s point of view?Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.