Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Knitting in the City #1

January 12, 2020

1 star
1 star – Not for me

DNF 70%

Mild spoilers ahead! 

I apparently am in the minority because I really don’t understand why this book is so popular. I liked Janie for probably the first 20% of the book but after that I quickly grew tired of her straightforward, emotionless, and label obsessive monologue. Yes there was a lot of interesting trivia but when you use it to avoid actual important conversations or space out from the world it’s not very appealing, to me anyways. Needless to say, I quickly grew bored with her POV and her frequent avoidance of situations. 

Another issue I had with this book is that it’s supposed to be a “smart romance” and Janie does not read as smart to me.  It’s really hard for me to believe a character is smart when she is so clueless and oblivious in certain situations. What really killed the idea  that she was smart for me was the fact that she states she doesn’t understand why she left Jon, who cheated on her.

“I didn’t like how uncomfortable and guilty Jon made me feel when I was certain—well, mostly certain—that he was the reason we were no longer together.”

Um. Excuse me, what do you mean your mostly certain?? He cheated on you! This was the kind of stuff that instantly made me go WTF and not like Janie. I mean really how can you not understand this. 

Now for the Quinn and Janie relationship, if it can really be called one. This book really suffered because we only get Janie’s POV. If we got Quinns it probably would have been a lot better. Quinn seems to like Janie but a lot of his actions come off as abrupt and standoffish because we don’t know how he is feeling or reacting to her mouth vomit. Basically at 70% I called it quits because nothing about this relationship felt like it would succeed. It really just felt like a friends with benefits situation because I don’t see the connection between these two. Maybe if we had his POV I would have felt different about the situation. 

Overall, I was really disappointed in this book. I like the Winston Brothers series so hating this book was a big surprise for me. I really expected to enjoy it.


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