Blurb (from Goodreads):
When a class assignment requires seventeen-year-old Julie to shadow someone on the job, she’s overwhelmed by the decisions she’ll have to make. After all, she has no clue what she wants from life post-graduation. So when her Uncle Charlie, Oakland’s Chief of Police, suggests Julie fulfill her twenty hours of required job shadowing at the local police department, she’s thrilled at his solution. Thinking she’ll spend her days filing paperwork behind a desk, she finds herself quickly agreeing to his proposition. But Julie’s expectations are soon turned upside down when she meets Luke, the young and handsome (albeit somewhat stubborn) officer she’s assigned to shadow on patrol.
With every hour she logs with Luke at the wheel, her feelings stir deeper, and Julie can’t help but wonder if what she’s feeling has developed into more than just a little crush.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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17-year-old Julie is less than impressed when for her next school assignment she is told that she has to do 20 hours of work experience. Accepting a place at her uncle’s police station for the assignment seems like an easy way out, and so she takes it.
Julie soon learns though, that it is the police officer showing her around that she likes more than the job though. But is this just a little crush?
This book was okay, but there were just a couple of little niggly things, that irritated me a bit.
Firstly, this school assignment turns out to be Julie’s uncle’s idea – he is the police chief. His reasons for the assignment are solid enough, but since when does the police chief go out of his way to sort out school assignments for kids randomly? This is a little odd.
Secondly, Uncle Charlie wants Julie to do her hours at the police station. She accepts, and is there at 5.30 the next morning. When was she supposed to have had this approved by her school? Were the kids really just expected to turn up somewhere randomly for work experience the very next day? This is also a bit odd.
Thirdly, I’m not trying to drop spoilers, but another member of Julie’s family was a police officer, and ended up dead because of the job. This happened fairly recently as well. Does Uncle Charlie not think that it is a little insensitive of him to send his niece off doing work experience as a police officer, when someone close to her got killed because of the same job? Personally, I think this is if anything, a bit cruel, and surely she knows enough about the job without doing this work experience?
When Julie’s cousin then teases her that she has ‘a little crush’ on the officer that has been showing her the ropes, I seriously thought that he was just taking the micky out of her. I really did not notice any chemistry between the pair at all, and when she then admits that she does like him, I could barely believe it. He was kind of irritating, and made a bid deal about how great it was being a police officer. I don’t know what exactly it was that Julie was attracted to.
The ending was a non-ending. I’m assuming that this story continues in the sequel, as this one literally ends half-way through Julie’s work experience, with very little having been resolved. I didn’t like this part of the story enough to be tempted to buy the second half though, no matter how much I dislike not knowing how things end. (Amendment - there are currently 4 parts to this story!)
Overall; too many holes in the story, and not enough chemistry between the lead characters.
4 out of 10.
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