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Posted May 6, 2014
Okay, I¿m not normally into romance novels. However, Sara Hantz
Okay, I’m not normally into romance novels. However, Sara Hantz has written one that makes even guys like me take notice — her main character is a female kickboxer! I’m not talking Tae-Bo-in-your-living-room-to-firm-and-shape-your-butt. I’m talking Get-in-the-ring-with-a-live-opponent-to-kick-his-butt. Not only that, the plot involved making a movie, complete with devious actors and directors who desperately needed a roundhouse to the pearly whites. For me, that takes romance to a whole new level.
Another element that held my interest was Hantz’s fantastic job of making me love characters who were supposed to be loved, and hate characters who were supposed to be hated.
For example, I immediately fell in love with Abi Saunders, a sweet girl who is respectful of her parents and loyal to her friends. She is also self-conscious about her stutter, which makes her extremely cool in my book. She has her stutter under control while around close friends, but not so much in public. Her favorite sparring partner, Matt, who is also her best friend, is one of the few opponents who can not only give her a good workout, he can push her to do things she doesn’t believe she’s capable of. So when she is asked to be a stunt double for her absolute favorite teen movie star ever, Matt urges Abi to take the job in spite of her self-doubt about her stutter.
At the other end of the character spectrum, I immediately hated Tilly Watson, the star Abi adored and whose stunt double she played. Tilly is a diva… self-centered, bossy… and she made fun of Abi’s stutter, which I found totally despicable. I just love a good, hateful character!
Then something unexpected happened — Abi changed, and I totally lost respect for her. She sort of became Tilly. Not only was Abi wigged and made up to look like Tilly so she could play her stunt double, Abi took on some of Tilly’s less than desirable qualities, which led to some very stupid choices on her part.
This is a totally character-driven story, with growth in all the right places. Without giving away any spoilers, by the story’s end, Sara Hantz has taken Abi down a nasty path that many teenagers take, and expertly used that journey to help Abi find her true self. I have to say, the ending was absolutely, totally, and in all other ways satisfying. Sara Hantz has written a book that shows what true friendship (and true love) is all about, and I would love to see more of Abi Saunders. The real Abi Saunders.
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Posted May 9, 2014
Sara Hantz made it impossible for anyone not to fall in love wit
Sara Hantz made it impossible for anyone not to fall in love with this book. Abi is a super-awesome-kickboxing-champion, and how could you not love a female kick-but kick-boxer, she has a stutter which makes her very self conscious and shy. I think her stutter makes her that much more awesome because she tries from the help of her friends Matt and Liz to not let it define or control her. When Abi is given the opportunity to be a stunt double for her favorite teen starlet Tilly Watson she is hesitant on entering that new environment and making a fool out of herself, but with a maybe not so gentle shove from her best friends she gives it a shot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Abi finds that the movie life I sent all that it's cracked up to be, Tilly treats her like dirt and makes fun of her stutter every time they meet, she feels like she can't get anything right, and the only thing that still feels right is being with her friends. When the tables turn and Abi starts turning into one of the movie crowd type her new image starts taking over the real Abi and her life turns upside down. Abi starts acting like the one person she didn't want to be like, Tilly, she starts to blow off her classes at the dojo, she ignores her parents, and even ditches her best friends, and the worst part she doesn't even notice what she is doing until it's too late. Hantz shows how teens in the real world are willing to do anything to fit in, to get people to like them, be apart of the "in crowed" but when they finally get there is the nasty path they take really worth the destination.
This book was a fun and easy read perfect for summer day on the beach or a few hours to dip into a light but fantastic story. If nothing else the possible sweet innocent romance between Matt and Abi will defiantly keep you turning the page. Hantz made the characters relatable no matter if you are a famous movie star or a regular reader you can relate to what the characters to through and some of the choices they make. Although it was a perfect stand alone I would really like to get to see more of the Real Abi.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.