|Reviews for Rough Beginnings|
| Blazeib chapter 30 . 8/12
So Quinn has used Sam and has treated Rachel like utter garbage for months in order to protect her!? What a damn joke. Why didn't she just explain some things instead of being a selfish and manipulative b*tch? You can't treat someone like she has treated Rachel and claim you love them, that you did it to protect them. Her attitude and behaviour has been disgusting. She might have stopped Rachel from worrying about her, but instead she treated her like she was something shameful, like a dirty secret that only gets called upon when Quinn wants/needs something from her. If Quinn truly loved Rachel she would have found a way to handle things in a way that Rachel got hurt as little as possible. Instead she seems to have gone out of her way to make things as terrible as possible for her. Terrible.
| Jollification8 chapter 29 . 8/12
Y'know, I've read this far because I was hoping that we would start to see a change in Quinn. A change for the better. But instead it just keeps getting worse and worse. This Faberry relationship is a perfect example of an emotionally abusive relationship.
Quinn may be struggling and dealing with something that could have a terrible fallout, but the way she treats Rachel is truly appalling. She takes and she takes and cares nothing for what Rachel is going through. She is selfish, manipulative and at times downright cruel. Rachel is a confident character, but she has low self esteem. This screams off every page because if she even an ounce of self respect for herself, she wouldn't let Quinn get away with constantly treating her like a dirty little secret.
Which Quinn seems to think is ok. To the point that she thinks Rachel can do this for a whole year! Can you imagine? A whole year of watching the person you love constantly being physical (hand holding, chaste kissing etc) with Sam, constantly being in Sam's company, constantly keeping secrets with Sam, constantly going on dates with Sam etc etc. And all the time you get the scraps and those scraps get less and less as time goes on.
Sam himself is also being used and manipulated and, as with Rachel, Quinn doesn't seem to see, or care, about the damage she is doing to him. It's all about her and her needs. She is constantly made the victim, the martyr. Any time Rachel dares to try and fight back she's made out to be the one in the wrong, which leads her to make apologies she should never have to give.
Quinn gets to have everything. Even Sam gets something out of their fake relationship. What does Rachel get out of it? Nothing except emotional scarring.
The upshot is, Quinn could handle this whole thing a hell of a lot better than she has and there could still be plenty of angst. But this story crossed from angst to toxic several chapters back, and though several readers commented on this way back when this story was written, the author didn't seem to think there was a problem with writing this toxicity as romance. Hopefully they have grown much/educated themselves since then.
| ACuteAngela chapter 44 . 5/5
Even though in the beginning I thought they were to toxic for each other in this story, later on after putting the pieces together and realized Quinn’s motives and needs to protect Rachel I actually started enjoying it more. Those last few chapters I have to admit where cute overwhelming and overall incredible. Loved this story thank you for writing it!
| JMoonrise chapter 44 . 10/24/2021
I’m confused on how it can be a 5 year reunion when you end it with Rachel turning 25. Because that would mean she graduated high school at 20. The timeline was a little confusing. Because it would actually be closer to 7, nearly 8 years…
| Pterygio chapter 44 . 5/9/2021
The last story I read had a slightly higher word count than yours but hadn't progressed even nearly as far. It was the slow-burn of all slow-burns. Don't get me wrong—I enjoyed it immensely and it is still likely the greatest Faberry story I have read and will ever read (no offense to you). But as I read through that story, I kept seeing the same Author's Note at the start of almost every chapter—an apology for a long delay. And then I noticed the publishing date and update date. It'd been in progress for over nine years and the most recent chapter had been posted a year ago. When I finally got to that chapter and finished reading it, I was left feeling empty, distressed, and devastated. It was a heartbreaking realization that I'd just read maybe not even half of one of the most incredible stories—not just fanfictions, but stories—that I'll ever read, and I might never get to see the rest of it.
Afterward, I sought something that would be even just half as good as that story to distract me from the internal crisis I was experiencing. I came upon yours, and could not have been more pleased. This story is not half as good as the last one I read—it's nearly on par with it. You checked so many of the same boxes that they did and managed to make feel so many of the same emotions. And more importantly, I felt SATISFIED upon reading the last chapter you wrote. It was truly everything I was looking for.
There are so many things I love about this story. You completely nailed both Rachel's and—this is the one where most other writers fail—Quinn's characters. They are incredibly well-developed and excellent representations of what the show gave us. You progressed their relationship very believably and at an excellent pace. I was kept enraptured and invested all the way through from the beginning to the end. I also absolutely loved what you did with Sam's character. He had so much potential in the show that was completely wasted (I only watched the first three seasons, so I can't speak for the show after that point), and I feel you did right by him.
I could keep going, but I feel I've already made my point quite clear that this story is absolutely amazing and this review is getting long enough as is. While the list of things that I like about it is quite extensive, my complaints are very few. The main thing I disliked was how you wrote Finn. You constantly took every opportunity to bash him and I believe you treated him very unfairly. In a similar vein, I don't think you did Mr. Schuester justice. But those are relatively minor qualms I have that do not detract enough from this story to make me say I absolutely love it and everything else you did with it. Thank you for writing such a great story.
P.S. One piece of critical feedback I have is that you frequently used single-sentence paragraphs throughout this story. They are not inherently bad nor grammatically incorrect, but the way you used them wasn't great and very often felt unnecessary. I understand the effect you were going for, but it could have been achieved in better ways. When you have three consecutive paragraphs that consist of individual, related sentences that should have been put together in one paragraph, it feels distracting and amateurish (Note that besides this one thing and a few very sparse typos, your prose and writing skills were absolutely superb and felt like publisher quality).
| Highground0724 chapter 44 . 4/16/2021
I read this fic a few years ago and loved it; I'm so happy you decided to update it again after so long! I hope to read more from you soon.
| KalenCaelli chapter 44 . 2/17/2021
This was an amazing story. I read it twice in a row before reviewing. It was absolutely beautiful.
| baebyulisa chapter 44 . 2/13/2021
I first read this fic when I was 16. I had just come out of the closet and was on my last year of high school. I'm turning 23 next month. I graduated from University two and half years ago and I'm about to start working on my 3rd company. I now have a loving partner with me that I know I'd spend the rest of my life with.
What I'm trying to say is... this fic helped me come to terms with my own sexuality, much like Quinn Fabray. I've come a long way from feeling shameful about myself to being proud about who I am.
I'm glad that after so many years, you gave these two characters the happy ending they deserved. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
| quinnfabrayswife chapter 44 . 2/6/2021
i need an epilogue!
| quinnfabrayswife chapter 41 . 2/6/2021
quinn singing that to rachel is everything omg
| v3ek chapter 44 . 9/25/2020
That was awesome and adorable. Thank you.
| jaurellodragon chapter 41 . 9/2/2020
As a Filipino, I was ecstatic at the mention of Lea Salonga!
| vrittana00 chapter 44 . 8/13/2020
I’ve read many Faberry stories but this one wins by far. Awesome and so cute.
| Guest chapter 44 . 7/9/2020
Very berry !
| Guest chapter 39 . 5/31/2020
At that moment...
That she really screwed up.