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    Oversexed YA Lit

    The idea of a modern day reimagining of Henry and Anne’s story intrigued me and I thought that this could get quite dark. Then I became a bit skeptical after learning that it was set in an elite high school. So I went into this book with slightly lower expectations and a lot of curiosity as to how it would play out. Is it just me or has Young Adult fiction become extremely sexual? Now I know what goes on in high school. I’m no saint myself. But reading this book left me feeling a bit uncomfortable. I am familiar with the real story of Anne Boleyn and how she wooed the King away from his wife, but that was a different time. This fictional character felt so over sexualized that it didn’t feel believable. It really made me begin to wonder if at 28 years old I am too old for this genre. Or perhaps this book just wasn’t for me. I felt that the 14 and up age recommendation was far too young for the content in this book. Despite my reservations I did continue on to complete it and there were parts that kept my attention. Henry’s point of view was the most enjoyable to me. His character felt the most believable of the pair. Despite his social status, he really was just a teenage boy with a world of expectations resting on his shoulders. I can see why he feel head over heels for Anne, but I can’t say that I was rooting for them to be together. The truth is that Anne was a mess. A slutty mess. I never could understand her character or why she did the things she did. And oh the angst. I’m not an expert on Tudor history, but I don’t think that either of these characters are a good representation of their infamous counterparts. For this reason I don’t think that history lovers would enjoy this book. If I were to recommend it to anyone, I would say perhaps older teens who enjoy smutty romances. I won a copy of Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

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