Published by: Simon Pulse on February 7, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Author
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Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
You gotta love reading contemporary novels, you just have to! This was my first novel from Jennifer Echols, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. She’s an excellent writer and this book is filled with fun, interesting characters.
Gemma is your typical “average girl who is really beautiful, but doesn’t know it” who is friends with Addison, the extroverted, flashy “Queen Bee” wannabe. Their friendship is complicated, to say the least, and if I were Gemma, I wouldn’t have stayed friends with Addison. She’s constantly bringing her down, insulting her, and always trying to be on top; yet passes it all off with a “friendly” gesture which Gemma can see through, but remains her friend because of their long history as well as their mothers’ friendship. Max is a kicker for a rival football team, and surprisingly Asian, so that was a plus (I do love books with Asian characters, biased, I know, but there aren’t enough of them). He’s definitely a good guy, although a bit clueless and doesn’t often think before he speaks, but definitely likable.
The storyline is pretty predictable, but in a good way. It was fun finding out how it would all end, even if you knew what was coming. Echols does a great job at creating enjoyable characters and she even got me a bit more interested in football! Also, I liked learning about the majorettes and baton throwing, a skill many would see as childish or lame, but she made it really cool. Overall, it was a fun read and a nice change or pace/scenery from the other books in my pile. I love throwing in a good contemporary novel in between a few paranormal or dystopian novels every now and then. If you’re an Echols fan, you’ll love this book, and even if you’re not, you’ll enjoy it as well and will want to read more by her, for sure.