Numb (Westbrook #2) by Laura Clark REVIEW

February 19, 2016

Laila has read that letter a thousand times, and yet she still doesn't believe it. He left too many things unresolved. She desperately wants to find answers, but it's impossible since the one person that can give her those answers is MIA. 
Each day melts into the next. Laila tries to keep herself busy, but it's not enough. No matter how hard she tries to forget, there is always something that reminds her of him. 
At her very best, Laila is numb. 
What happens when Laila is suddenly confronted with her past, and she is forced to make a choice between the boy who owns her heart, and the one that wants to steal it away? 

First of all, it has a boring start. Like its predecessor, Distraction, the story started slowly. Given that it was already the second book, you would expect a more gripping introduction but this book just did not have it.
Next, Laila's hurt was never fully explained. Yes, she was hurting. Yes, we know it was because of Sam, the love of her life, her childhood crush turned hot-and-very-much-real boyfriend, but we didn't know how good they were together, how big of a loss they were. For someone on the outside, it would look like Laila's just too much in her head that we don't know the gravity of her feelings. I think if some of their experiences (like that very romantic candlelit dinner date) were shared, readers would have sympathized more with Laila and her hurting heart.
Also, this has been my problem from the start: Laila is still such a flirt. I know, I've been seventeen too, with raging hormones and what not. And by Laura Clark's explanation (Thank you, Laura, you are the nicest author I have ever spoken to), she's still trying to find her way. I understand, but still, I don't like it. Maybe it's because I've been there, done that :D Or maybe because I'm on the outside looking in? Or maybe because I'm too old to feel and overthink every thing every guy does to me and turn it into something romantic that'll make me giddy. I hope Laila turns out to be an emancipated, independent and free woman someday! :)
Props to Laura for the plot twist on how Gavin and Sam met (at the fraternity party where Laila and Gavin are coincidentally going to on separate days)! I did not expect that ;)
Over all, it was better than Distraction but still not 5-stars worthy.

Laura Clark


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Laura Clark loves to read, design, and write. Convinced that she is really just a seventeen-year-old girl at heart, it's no wonder that she is writing Young Adult fiction. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, daughter, and son. Her passion for writing fiction dates back to early childhood, when she first learned to put a pencil on paper. Being able to share her passion and imagination with readers brings her the greatest joy. The Westbrook Series began as a short story that morphed into a book. Before she knew what was happening, the characters took on a life of their own, and as a result, the series was born.

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