I’m not boy crazy about West, not like I was with Noah (Pushing The Limits) or Isaiah (Crash Into You). So to be quite honest, when I first found out that Take Me On, the next instalment, is starring him, not a love triangle between Logan, Abby and Ethan (one can dream right?), I was disappointed but thank God, not for long. So I started off a list of what things I can look forward to TMO:
• Rachel & Isaiah and what happens to them after their Happily Ever After (especially Isaiah and his ageing out)
• Ethan (because I took an instant liking to him)
• Abby (crossing fingers she’ll make an appearance—and Katie McGarry just announced in her Happy Birthday Echo blog post that she will play a huge role! *starts jumping up&down and clapping hysterically)
• action and lots of it
However, when I started looking at West’s character, picking at his character, everything written about him in CIY, deconstructing him like I was taught in Yr11&12 English 2AB&3AB classes… I found how sad West’s life is.
From Crash Into You, we know West is one of Rachel’s protective older brothers. He’s a senior in high school; one of the brothers who are “trying to be perfect” for their parents, according to Rachel; though he gets into fights a lot, apparently. At first I found the fact that he’s older by only months somewhat fascinating however as we continued to delve into CIY, I began to feel sorry for him.
SPOILER ALERT from Crash Into You
Rachel knew she was born as a replacement for Colleen and their father told her that when they found she’s a girl was the first time her mother smiled after Colleen died. How about West? He was born before Rachel was and soon after his birth she was born with her twin Ethan. Even Rachel knows that she was the best their father can give to their mother. Although these conversations with her father seem to be done in private, you can’t help but think how West really feels. Thinking about it just bring ache in my heart.
West also seems to think that he was the reason his family is falling apart (TMO blurb). And for those who read CIY knows West did a lot of things in Crash Into you.
(More spoilers coming in)
Because of his actions, Gavin developed a gambling addiction; Rachel’s panic attacks escalated to vomiting blood and subsequently causing Isaiah to be desperate to install a nitrous system in his car that caused an accident.
Okay this is very harsh and judgemental way of looking at his character and in no way, trying to relate to him. Which is why I think having his own book is great as it will give him a chance to redeem himself.
West was born after Colleen died, I’m guessing. Then his mother got pregnant almost as soon as he was born because, again I’m guessing, he was a boy and she wanted a girl. Like Rachel said, they were born because Colleen died (tried to find the supporting quote in CIY but looks like I’ll need to reread it to find it -_-). If Rachel feels she’s a replacement, then I think West think he’s a mistake, unwanted.
The reason why he’s trying to do a lot of things.
And what Rachel said, “…is it possible that all his concern, his worry, his overprotection… could it be that he really just needs me to need him?”
I think West does things because he’s trying to find his way in his world; he has this desire to create a difference. He wants to know he is wanted, he needs to know he is wanted, needed, not just a mistake because he happens to not be born a girl like his mother wanted.
He gets into fights because he wants his parents’ attention. He didn’t apologise to Rachel because he thinks it is enough that he will pay her back later and he believes he is doing it for the greater good (helping Gavin). He will do anything to protect everything he believes in and everyone he loves. It sucks he didn’t apologise to Rachel but I think this will be tackled in Take Me On.
I also think this is why he, unlike his younger brother Ethan, reached a “compromise” with Isaiah’s boyfriend when he’s the brother who is more overprotective—to make up for the mistakes he did.
West’s heart is in the right direction but it’s like he’s taking the weight of the world by himself and that… that is young man I’m most looking forward to see in Take Me On.
Blurb for Take me On to be released 20th of May 2014 [MARK YOUR CALENDARS]
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.
Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.