Review: Carnage: The Story of Us by Leslie Jones

Carnage: The Story of Us
Carnage, #1
Leslie Jones
Publication Date:
February 14, 2014
New Adult, Contemporary Romance


I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

NOTE: This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.

  ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

I’ve been buddy reading books off the Huffington Post’s Oh, You Little Heartbreaker! The Ultimate List of Ugly Cry Novels this year with a group on Goodreads. Each month we pick a different book. This month, we picked Carnage: The Story of Us.

Ugh. I don’t even know where to start with Carnage. Guess I’ll just warn everyone that this review will most likely sound more negative than positive. The writing wasn’t bad, it was just disturbing to me. It’s going to be hard to explain without giving away major spoilers, but I’ll do my best.

I absolutely could not stand the beginning of the book. I was constantly cringing. I’m not a prude, but it was much too sexually charged for an 11-year-old character in the 1980’s. I don’t care how mature Georgia’s body was. An 11-year-old shouldn’t be thinking about sex. When I was 11 (in the late 80’s!), I was not thinking sexual thoughts like Georgia. And the way Sean spoke to her was just as bad. I can remember some of the stuff 13-year-old boys said back then it was nowhere near as sexually forward. I forced myself to keep reading because there were so many great reviews for this book. I had high hopes things would get better.

Luckily, they did. As Georgia and Sean got older, things got a little more appropriate. The addition of Tiger was my favorite part of the story. It made me forget about the rough beginning. But, sadly, that didn’t last long. 🙁 By the time I got to the ending, something that should have shattered me didn’t. I should have been crying, but I wasn’t.

I guess the real problem I have with the book is Sean and Georgia’s relationship. The whole thing disturbed and/or disgusted me. Even when he was being super sweet, I just couldn’t love Sean. And I didn’t like Georgia when she was with him. Just…ugh.

I do have to admit that the ending, while it didn’t break me like it should have, it did leave me curious enough to want to read the next book Carnage: The Story of Me. The fact that I was still willing to read the next installment lead me to give the book 3 stars instead of the 2 stars I was planning on.

So…Would I recommend Carnage? I don’t know. There are a ton of 5 star reviews out there. Maybe this one just wasn’t for me. I would advise that you should skip reading it if you can’t handle vulgar language, a plethora of drug use, cheating, or violence.

2 thoughts on “Review: Carnage: The Story of Us by Leslie Jones”

  1. Ughh I know what you mean about graphic, sexually charged things with children- it’s really disturbing- I really struggled to get through Lolita at uni because of it and I couldn’t stand a modern adaptation I watched of Wuthering Heights because of that. like you said, it’s not cos I’m a prude- I’m actually quite the opposite- but this kind of thing disgusts me I’m afraid

    1. Exactly! If the characters had started out at at least 15 or 16, it would have made more sense to me. At least then I could have believed that hormones were running rampant!

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