ABOUT THE BOOK
There’s obviously something wrong with Lilah because she goes into periods of intense depression where she hurts herself. It has severely affected her current, as well as future, life. In her various failed attempts to hold on to Carter, she actually manages to push him away further. And oh, she’s got the I’m-going-to-keep-following-you-to-the-edge-of-the-world-until-you-realize-how-much-you-need-slash-love-me routine perfected to a tee.
However, the cheating aspect is downright stupid and wrought with oh-please-don’t-give-me-those-lame-excuses-about-how-Jules’s-so-beautiful-but-Lilah-but-oh-well-fuck-it. The thing where he doesn’t want to leave Lilah because he’s afraid of what she’ll do to herself is nullified in that moment, because you really do not have the integrity Jules think you do. So you know your girlfriend is disturbed and I get that you’re too annoyed at her to care, but going skinny dipping with an almost stranger is bound to end up the way it did. And then there’s Jules who’s had this big crush on Carter since their freshman year which is supposed to justify his sudden interest in her? Just… no.
Lilah’s instability is obviously a plot device in the book which I feel wasn’t handled all that well. She was smarter than Carter and Jules combined despite her mental insecurities and is probably the best character in the book. She’s just fixated on being with Carter no matter what and that’s much more admirable than Jules daydreaming about how Carter is such a gentleman. Aw shucks.
I don’t have anything against characters that are hard to like because of the things they do and that is never something that makes me hate a book. Why I had such a problem with Wicked Games is because how stupid Carter and Jules act. Carter has been in a four year relationship with Lilah and one night he just ups and stop caring about her despite knowing she’s going through series stuff? That is not okay. Then he tries to help her on his own which is idiotic at best. On the other hand, Jules is made to seem like she’s sexy, smart and artsy but in reality she’s just not that much of a nice-girl victim she’s seems to be.
In short, Wicked Games is one big no-no and that’s just sad. I’m just happy that it was a quick read because I wanted it all to be over. I also actually couldn’t stop reading it because I was intrigued. Then I figured out what was about to happen and it went down from there. I guess if I didn’t have so many expectations from it, I’d have enjoyed it more but then I’m not so sure. Oh well.
‘You can only be you. No matter how much you might want to be the person they think you should be, you can’t change who you are. It’s up to them to accept you.’
‘She felt like her life and everything it had ever contained were crashing down and burying her alive.’