REVIEW: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

After Hours by Claire Kennedy
Published by Simon Pulse on 16th June 2015
Pages: 256
Source: *Received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn't just about waiting tables. It's about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it's about Tips.

Tips--the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money...absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi's stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy...even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes...and things are about to get dirty.
Oh dear, I have not a clue as to what I just read. I stopped reading at 60% for I could not go on any longer. The sad thing is, is that I really like the cover. It is simple, yet it just grabs you.

Anyone who works at Waterside Cafe knows the game Tips. Only the bravest of them play. And to win the jackpot, they must complete a dare, or they lose it. That is pretty much the only thing I can tell you about this, as the rest I have not a clue as to what went on!

First we had four point of views, which I felt Kennedy executed really well as the characters were certainly differentiated enough to distinguish between. Now if you asked me whether I liked the characters, that would be completely different. First we had Peter, who held a secret for his large tip payments. I cannot say I saw it coming because it was so weird and unimaginable, not to mention random. Then we had Xavi, who would do anything to obtain more money. Although she came across as very selfish, I started to like her when she refused to a certain request, but then completely lost my respect as she went back and did it. I mean really?! I could not believe it. Next we have Peter, who was maybe my most favourite character, he looked out for Xavi, and though he was a little awkward sometimes and you could not truly understand his motives, he was probably the best character. And lastly we have Isa, there was just something about her I did not like. She was just... there and did very little.

The plot, oh my. I felt the premise of the novel was very good, the idea that they pay in tips to enter a game of truth or dare. But when the dares were delivered, I expected something more... exciting and dangerous, not just to go and kiss that person; I was really disappointed. But then, we had the really random and unimaginable things that went on when Tips was not on. I just could not continue.

I am really disappointed in this novel, it had such a brilliant premise that really intrigued me however the execution was not there.


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