All in My Head by Kristen James
All In My Head
Avery Waldorf wakes up from a concussion to find a voice inside her head—an adventurous male voice belonging to Marcus, who doesn’t know where he came from, but has an opinion on everything about her life. She just wants to work on her screenplay, go to her writing classes and flirt with the guy of her dreams, Nash, who is finally noticing her. Marcus wants to get up at dawn, run, snowboard, and basically take over her life, and even her body at times. He thinks she’s freaking hot and does not like Nash touching her. Marcus may be smart, talented at snowboarding, drawing and playing the guitar, but he’s not real! When she needs help, she has to call Nash. She can’t tell anyone about Marcus without sounding like she’s crazy. Meanwhile Marcus doesn’t know where he’ll go if he leaves her mind. Maybe she is losing it…
All in My Head was an interesting idea, but the execution wasn't my favorite. I didn't really see the connections between the characters and it just wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be.
Avery has a snowboarding accident and wakes up from a concussion to find that she is hearing a voice in her head. The voice of Marcus. Marcus who doesn't remember anything about himself. He is quite opinionated right from the start about Avery and her life. Marcus is a doer, an adventure seeker. He is always doing something so being stuck in her head is killing him. Especially when she lazes around.
For her part Avery is not really sure what to think of Marcus. Is he a real person? Is she just crazy? Did she make him up? He doesn't seem to think so, and he knows how to do things she doesn't, can make her do things she doesn't know how to, so eventually she admits that he is not just in her head. Only they don't know where he might be or why he is there.
I really like the idea behind this story, but the execution wasn't my favorite. Marcus was like instantly in love with Avery and I am not sure why. He was instantly jealous of other guys, of Avery wanting to spend time with Nash (finally!), and so he made it hard on her. For as much as he was in her head and could hear her thoughts and everything I never felt like they really got to know each other. Only surface level stuff which...I just expected more. Especially since he is in her head. At some point Avery goes from wanting Marcus out of her head to wanting him to stay. Again not sure why she built this fondness for him. I didn't see it through the interactions they had. It just was alright.
Also Avery's "friends" are wonderful. They leave her at the hospital, then you find that her one friend/roommate is dating her jerk ex. It was just all a mess. They don't seem to really care about each other and are just superficial nice when they are supposed to be bff. It just didn't work that well for me.
The end was alright. I would be curious to read more and see what happens after the ending. I think that has the potential to be better than this in her head story.
Rating: ★ ★1/2