Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward



You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.


Hi Rheeza here! If you know me, you would know that I am a sucker for books about taboo topics. And seeing all these five stars reviews in Goodreads, I gave into temptation and read it. My reaction:

Let’s just say, I was freaking confused that I have to double check if I am reading the right book because seriously?? It didn’t live up to its hype. I am actually thinking of not writing a review for this because all I have to say are negatives. I’m sorry but I find so many things that are wrong with book.

First of all, the writing was very poor. It was juvenile and rushed. The plot was basic. There are so many eye-roll worthy moments. I don’t even know how I was able to make myself finished it.

The second issue for me is the characters. I am all about tortured hero with attitude that hides his vulnerability. However, Elec is just plain mean-spirited. His behavior is down right cruel. And maybe he felt justified when he was teenager but as an adult, he hadn’t even changed.

Then there is Greta. She really makes me sad and angry. She continually lets him disrespect her. She just takes his verbal abuse and humiliation without even responding with witty comebacks. It was awful to read. At the half of the book, after years have passed I thought there would be a character development where in she becomes independent and starts standing up for herself but that didn’t happen. The only thing I agree on in this book is when Elec, himself said to Greta:

“Have some self-respect”

Yes please Greta I’m begging you HAVE SOME SELF-RESPECT. Sadly, she didn’t take that advice.

Overall, it irate and bore me to tears. The writing, the story and the characters are immature and not really worth the read.


calloway sisters


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