(Review) Olivia Christakos and Her Second First Time
Olivia Christakos and Her Second First Time by Dani Irons
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Genre: New Adult
My Goodreads Rating: Three Stars
My perfect life…
True, I’m in the hospital waking up from a coma, but my loving parents and adorable boyfriend, Wyatt, are here by my side. It’s weird that I don’t remember them—thanks, amnesia! Wyatt’s an amazing person. He’s a Big Brother, volunteers at soup kitchens, delivers food to the hungry—your basic angel. Your basic filled-out-in-all-the-right-places, naughty-thoughts-inducing angel, that is.
Might be the perfect lie…
In fact, the more I get to know Wyatt the harder it is to believe he’s my boyfriend. The more I find out about my life before the accident, the more I don’t like who I used to be. I can’t understand what a guy like that—kind, considerate, generous—would see in a girl like me.
I don’t know what’s worse, living in the darkness of amnesia or discovering the despicable person I once was. But I’ve got to figure out if I have what it takes to be the person Wyatt truly deserves—before I lose my heart as well as my memories.
This book started off on the wrong foot with me. Being in Olivia's head before the accident was pretty bad. She's completely selfish and close-minded, spoiled, and only cares about herself. Of course, she thinks she can do no wrong and herein lies my problem. She's a little annoying. As the story progressed through the beginning it doesn't really get any better. Olivia runs into Wyatt, says some rude things about him, and then runs away looking for a guy who doesn't really care about her...then the accident happens.
You see a little different side of her right before the accident- just a little glimmer of "maybe she isn't so bad" that keeps up throughout most of the book.
What I really disliked is that you know that her family is lying to her. You know they are trying to make her a different person instead of reminding her of what a jerk she was and seeing if she would change that way. The fact that her parents not only have her little sister, but also her best friend and a FAKE BOYFRIEND in on it is the part that kills me.
Of course, I did appreciate that even though she had no idea who she was Olivia was still a little snarky but also seemed to care a lot more since she couldn't remember anything. I liked her relationship with Natalie and I appreciated her friendship with Chloe. The whole Wyatt thing was a little weird to me. He wasn't even her real boyfriend and he was way too clingy.
The way that Olivia seemed to grow throughout the book was a definite plus, especially how she tried to help with her family's business (without knowing she was the reason they were in trouble). I enjoyed her finding out the truth about herself on her own and taking responsibility for her own actions. It was refreshing to see her feel bad about something she'd done, especially after she got her memory back.
The ending was tied up nicely, but I felt like some parts were way too drawn out. I found myself skimming some of the passages without dialogue or those where Olivia was contemplating life. All together it made for an interesting story and an easy, fun read.
*ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press in exchange for an honest review*