The Box by Kevin Lake is a new adult contemporary urban romance starring Christina, a financial planner, and Devin, a two time college dropout. This relatively low key romance is a commentary on society, relationships, and today’s technology. At first I did not know if the plot would actually go somewhere and entertain me. But after the first few pages the story engaged my interest and ultimately I read the book straight through in a few hours and enjoyed the read.
The story takes place in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. The descriptions of the scenery were well done and I could visualize landscapes I’ve never actually seen in person. The characters were believable and fairly well developed, even the stereotypical shallowness of some supporting characters was well portrayed, though somewhat exaggerated. But isn’t that what fiction is, an exaggeration of reality?
The author wove much of his own brand of wisdom into the story. The hero’s mother and to some extent the hero himself were used to impart a common sense wisdom about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.
I’m not a romance reader in general, but, I would say this one is for readers who prefer a main plot to focus on something more than the developing romantic relationship. The Box is a clean read with a little use of mild cuss words and a single, non-detailed, reference to a sexual encounter. Though the story is aimed at new adults in their early twenties, I would let any teen read the book.
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