The Partition of Africa by Olivia Folmar Ard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So, this review is a little older. I must not have been posting them to my blog when I reviewed the book. But in light of her forthcoming novella, ‘Tis the Season, I figured now was a good time to backtrack. Come back tomorrow to see my review of The Marshall Plan, and Thursday to see ‘Tis the Season.
The Partition of Africa follows Hattie Greene, a young woman with severe panic attacks and a propensity for bad decisions.
She’s in college on a scholarship, dating a very devoted boyfriend, and roommate to the rich and decidedly popular Claire. (Yay for book 3, This Dread Road, being on the way!)
But for a girl who’s a stickler for following the rules, she manages to muck everything up. A burning crush on her hot professor is the central dilemma, and Hattie manages to make every wrong decision she can before she finally sees the error of her ways.
I read The Partition of Africa, book 1 of the Bennett series, out of order. It’s fine, though. The books are written as a series of stand-alone’s, but I knew the outcome of the story, which may have influenced my perception.
I gave the second book, The Marshall Plan, 5 stars, and I don’t regret it. The author is solid. I just had a hard time connecting with this particular story.
Hattie’s experience is understandable, I just didn’t personally find it relatable. Maybe it was the panic attacks, or when she finally decides to throw out the rule books. There’s also a lot of back and forth in the storyline, which wasn’t hard to follow, but I found it a little jolting.
All in all, The Partition of Africa is a decent read, just not my particular cup of tea.
But don’t despair. The other books are better (and you may find your taste differing from mine)! Come back tomorrow to see my review of The Marshall Plan, and Thursday to see my review of ‘Tis the Season (available now for preorder), which I’m posting on release day!!!!
**Despite the racy content, this book is still totally clean.