Novel: Fearless & Fearless 2
Author: Francine Pascal
This book initially caught my eye as I was wandering through the young adult section in Barnes & Noble. The book had nice cover art, and I picked it up to read the back cover to see if the story would encompass a world that I would genuinely love diving into. The first time I picked up this book, I put it back. The story seemed interesting, but something about it didn’t fully convince me. My mind shortened the back cover blurb into the following, “Extraordinary girl with special skills braves the uneasy world of high school while discovering the dark secrets of her past.” First thought that popped into my mind afterwards was: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I went back to Barnes & Noble on a different day, and saw that there was now a Fearless 2. I was intrigued so I picked up both. I dived into Fearless, and was instantly disappointed. It starts off in first person view of the main character (Gaia) speaking in the most clichéd high school tone. Every other word in this short intro was ‘Like’ and the character thought process completely erratic.
The story plot itself was ok. Gaia, with her superhuman gifts, fights off the criminals that inhabit the small New York park she frequents. In the process she meets the love her life (in an overly clichéd way), makes her first and only friend, and bogs down her cognitive capabilities my perpetually contemplating ways on losing her virginity.
That was truly the utmost drawback to this book. Gaia, despite being a complete feminist, was far too pre-occupied in having sex throughout most of the book. Due to this obsession, the story line did not get to be developed as progressively as one would hope. The main issues about her past where only briefly touched on rather cryptically, and then left to be explored in the second book.
Fearless 2 picked up with Gaia and her one-and-only-friend navigating the hallways of their local high school. This next installment was better written, but failed to concentrate on one major crisis at a time. Instead it jumped from a wanted crazed serial killer, to a possible death to the main character, and finally stopped at the activities of a local high school sex ring. By the end of the book, I was slightly confused as to when Gaia was going to be able to discover the truth of her deep, dark secret past which was still only being hinted at periodically.
The love story that permeated this series was also so preposterously un-relatable. We have all seen love-at-first-sight type of romances, but this love was tied down by the social shortcomings of high school drama.
I then did what I always do when I finish a series.
I googled the author and discovered that this is the author of the Sweet Valley High series.
My reaction: Not good.
I then realized that the Flawless novels are a series, and that all the books are out! It all made sense to me then. The front cover jackets of these books had three words listed on the bottom. Apparently, these were the 3 books in the series that were just re-packaged into a more compact look. The story itself read like a poor mans version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each book seemed like it was already written to be its own episode (WB if you ever read this, have at it buddy).
I would read the rest of the series, but I’ll wait for the sleeker re-packaged look because it’s more compact. I’m not exactly a fan of the plot of this story, but I will say that she is a genius at writing the many action sections that perpetuate the book.