Unlovable: Book One of the Port Fare Series
  • Unlovable: Book One of the Port Fare Series
  • Unlovable: Book One of the Port Fare Series

Unlovable: Book One of the Port Fare Series

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by Sherry Gammon

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High school senior Maggie Brown is the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes. But drugs are not Maggie's problem;
her mother is.
Maggie's struggling with her growing feelings for the new guy at school, Seth Prescott, and fears he is just another person who will let her down, like everyone in her life has done so…  See more details below


High school senior Maggie Brown is the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes. But drugs are not Maggie's problem;
her mother is.
Maggie's struggling with her growing feelings for the new guy at school, Seth Prescott, and fears he is just another person who will let her down, like everyone in her life has done so far.
Seth Prescott is an undercover cop assigned to Port Fare High, and despite his job, he's developed strong feelings for Maggie. While Seth's working tirelessly to flush out the sadistic drug peddlers that have invaded the small town of Port Fare, New York, Maggie's fighting to stay alive as the fight turns deadly.

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Unlovable 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Bridget_Jones More than 1 year ago
First off, I want to say how AMAZING the cover of this book is. When I saw the cover, I knew I had to read this book. So when the author asked me to review Unlovable for her, I literally flipped out (seriously just ask my sister). So saying that I had very high expectations going into this book is a big understatement. Good thing this book exceeded those expectations by a mile! I loved every single freaking thing about it! Maggie was far from perfect, but I think that's why I liked her so much. She was shy around Seth and very hesitant on who she trusted. But once she warmed up to him, Maggie's relationship with Seth was just so darn cute! They acted so adorable around each other in the book and I couldn't help but be jealous of Maggie having a guy as amazing (and cute) as Seth. This book reminded me of Never Been Kissed (with the whole pretending to be in high school thing) and Going Too far by Jennifer Echols (with the whole falling in love with a cop thing). But what those two didn't have that Unlovable did have was such a thrilling, surprising story. This is NOT the cliche storyline of people falling in love. People die and there are countless visits to the hospital (but with many stolen kisses in between). Needless to say, this book was far from unlovable. And to make things even more awesome, I learned that there's going to be two more books after this! You can definitely count on me being first in line to read these. I don't know how I'm going to last until they come out! Until then though, I highly recommend you get you hands on Unlovable as soon as you can! You won't regret it!
MMRoethig More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this book is one of a kind. I was hooked from the moment I started to read and couldn't put it down until the very last period. The characters were believable and developed so smoothly I really felt a part of their world. I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I smiled, I fell in love. Maggie is a young woman in high school struggling in life with a addict of a mother and no friends to speak of. Seth is an under-cover officer posing as a high school senior to stop a ring of drug dealers targeting school aged kids. Against all odds, Seth and Maggie come together and develop a friendship that is soon tested beyond belief when she becomes a target for the dealers themselves. Betrayal, love, adventure, danger, passion, sorrow; it's all there in one unforgetable package!! I can't wait for the next two books in this series so I can learn what happens to all my favorite characters! I would recommend this book to everyone!! This novel is a "clean" novel meaning no cursing or sexual content to ruin the story, keeping it refreshing and appropriate for readers of all ages!
bookworm4lifeNY More than 1 year ago
Great story. I could read this over and over again. My heart ached for Maggie!
Glo54 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and had difficulty putting it down at times. The author did well in creating and developing the characters. I would like to read her other two books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amzing bok. Im so glad my sister got me into reading these books. Its an emotionallly amazing book. We all need a "seth" in our lives... that would be heaven...absolutely amazing amazing amazing!
SamhainFirefly More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters, new and somewhat different plot line. This was originally supposed to be a paranormal story, but I think the author did an excellent job of converting it to a real-world setting. There are still hints of what it used to be sprinkled throughout the book, but they don't distract from the story. YA fans will like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's funny how i fell in love with a book called "Unlovable", but what's not funny is why the book is called "Unlovable". Maggie Brown is slowly starving to death. Her mother drinks away almost all the money they get and is a mean drunk. She tells Maggie that she is an unlovable nothing and regrets ever having her. The things Maggie's mom says to her effect her in more than one way. It makes me sad thinking about a mother telling her child she doesn't want her, drunk or not. Seth Prescott is an under cover cop posing as a high school student at Port Fare High. The case hasn't been going well, that is until Maggie steps into the picture, the only problem is Seth has a secret crush on Maggie and she is now the center of the case. I really like how the author wrote from Seth's and Maggie's point of view. The Dreser brother's point of view is creepy and kinda scary. I mean, who enjoys killing so much? I also really enjoyed Seth and Maggie's romance, though I did feel bad when Maggie took Seth's genuine niceness for being a jerk. My favorite scene in the whole book is when the children Seth and Maggie read to lock them both in a closet to get them to kiss. I really enjoyed this book. After reading it I added is to my "fav books" list. I recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL STORY! This book had me hooked after the 1st chapter! Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book....hope there is a second book would love to see what happens to the rest of the characters
peace03 More than 1 year ago
I have so many things to say about this book!! , All of them good of course!! First to the author i would like to give her a round of applause , because this book was so heartbreaking , sweet , , and humorous packed in a little loveable package!! . I'm looking forward to reading more of her books and falling head over heels . I like how this book had such pure romance with out going to over the top , and icky and lose their meaning like other books. Second Me and Maggie actually have things in common 1) We are both saving ourselves for the right person 2) We don't trust people easily 3) lousy ex-boyfriend that can't kiss 4) i love with Seth Prescott ! . This book put Maggie into so many emotional roller coasters , i was on edge and laughing all the time. Third Seth Prescott , Yummy Seth . What can i say . I found it very attractive how Seth was a very mature young man , instead of a immature little boy who only wanted Maggie for one thing. I hope i could find a guy like him one day .He is officially my dream guy. Fourth is all the characters . In any other book reading the point of view of other characters in the book would make me put it down and have no interest in it but this book was a exception . I loved all the characters . Even the snotty , slimy , junkie , psycho ones! . This book has become my favorite book of 2012 so fair. And hey don't be fooled by the reviews , this book wasn't predictable . 5/5 for this loveable book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is my first book by Gammon and I must say I'm hooked. Unlovable was a fresh new story with wonderful characters and a very emotional plot. I couldn't put it down from the first chapter and now i'm scrabbling to get the next two books. Although the story ends pretty well, you don't need to read the other books unless you want to follow up on the other main characters so don't feel like you cant just read one. This book starts off introducing you to Seth and Maggie, two different people in the same high school. Seth is the rich, hansom, popular guy while Maggie is the smart, poor, girl living in the trailer park with her alcoholic mother. Yes I would say that makes them different. Maggie story is a very sad one that makes you tear up from time to time. She spends her days studying hard in school and cleaning up after her alcoholic mother who spends their money on booze instead of food. Everyone believes Maggie is either on drugs or anorexic when in fact she is half starving herself living on peanut butter and day old bread. Seth is on an important mission to find the drug pusher in his town and all leads points to Maggie and her mother. He will do anything to catch the creep and is placed to watch and befriend Maggie by his captain, but the truth is Seth has had a crush on Maggie for weeks and just cant work up the nerves to ask her out until he gets this assignment. I wont say more other then YOU MUST NOT PASS THIS UP! if you loved "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire then you will definitely love Unlovable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greastest books i have ever read!!!!!! It is full of romance, suspense, and emotion. One of my all time favorite books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly this is one of my favorite books the story line keeps you reading for more :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow just wow
MyShelfAndI More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sherry Gammon's Unlovable was a wonderful read full of suspense, action and romance. Her characters were believable and the plot kept you fully engaged. This book made me laugh and cry.I look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The other day I began reading "Unlovable" and I was impressed not only with the strong voice of the author, but with the entire plot. At first the cover grabbed my attention, then the more I read, the more I got sucked in until I finished the book. As any YA novel, I looked for the message it sends to our teenagers and quite frankly I liked it, not only because it teaches young adults to stand up for themselves, but it shows if someone wants something bad enough, it's within ourselves to find the strength to fight for it and persist until we have it. Maggie is a senior in high school, with a heart of a lion, but behind her brave façade it's a lonely, starved young woman. Not even her broken shoes or secondhand clothing keeps her from dreaming one day to make something out of herself and to be loved. Her alcoholic and abusive mother had deprived Maggie of love, attention and basic care no child should grow up without. Aside from studying and skipping lunch, the only highlight of Maggie's day is seeing Seth Prescott, a senior in the same high school. Looking through Maggie's eyes, Seth is perfect and I often found myself smiling-sure thing I saw some guys exactly the same way at that age. What Maggie doesn't know is that Seth is an undercover MET agent. And here is where things get complicated. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but for all parents out there in search for a clean YA novel, "Unlovable" is the right book for your teenagers. What I liked most about this book is the author's ability to create a clean story about teenagers for teenagers without masking an adult novel under a YA genre.
AMorgan721 More than 1 year ago
This book is Sherry Gammon's first published work, and as a breakout novel, it is absolutely awesome. The story is captivating, you get to know Maggie and Seth, as well as Booker, Owen, and even a few nasty students at Port Fare. The book almost makes you feel like you are a part of the crowd, watching the action as it unfolds. Maggie and Seth's relationship is a fun, light-hearted one. They make fun of each other, tease, play fight, tickle; all the things you expect out of a newly-in-love relationship. Seth is very honorable, and able to give Maggie space when she needs it, instead of being over bearing and constantly in her face; but this is mostly an illusion. At the same time that he was giving Maggie her space, he was still keeping an eye on her, protecting her, and somehow was able to materialize many times at the blink of an eye. However, he is very loving and sweet, and gives lots of very sexy kisses! WHAT I LOVED: As I said, the story captivated me. Once I got within the first couple of chapters it was very difficult for me to put it down. There was plenty of action and suspense. Not to mention love and kissing. NOT SO MUCH: The book, however captivating and suspenseful, was predictable. From the onset, I could tell you exactly what was going to have to happen in order to get to the end. In fact, I did tell my husband everything that was going to happen. Not in specific details of course, but the main outline of the book. When I first picked up Unlovable, I found the writing a little bit stiff and awkward, especially the dialogue. This straightened itself out most of the time, but there were still some parts throughout when that awkwardness returned. I'm not even sure how to explain it, except that it came off as though the characters were saying what they were suppose to say instead of what they wanted to say - like they were trying to fit into a mold that they previously busted out of. That being said, there were also a few character inconsistencies. Mostly with Maggie, I think. The book started off sounding as if she was friendly and had friends, but the further you moved forward in the book, she was extremely shy and shut off and just had people around her who used her. One last thing, and then I'll shut up, because I actually really liked this book. I feel like prior to writing the book, Sherry Gammon read a bunch of books and pamphlets on drug/substance abuse, and after gathering all this information, she wrote the most extreme characters and circumstances she could think of. Every single "bad" character in the book had no redeeming qualities, including Maggie's mother, who was suppose to have a little bit of redemption. Then, when Maggie was being described as being "codependent," it felt like I was reading directly out of a text book. I feel like books should paint the picture instead of presenting the information. The picture was mostly painted, but then all the cards were laid out on the table and listed. Once again, this presented another one of those awkward moments in the book I was talking about before.
slcarroll More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible! Not only was the writing superb and highly entertaining, but the story itself grabbed my attention with the first sentence and held it in place through to the very last line. The characters were perfectly flawed and lovable (or hate-able, in the case of the bad guys) and you really felt for them as the story progressed. The dialogue was so true-to-life, I felt as though Seth and Maggie were in the room with me, sharing their story. The pop culture references were so clever and creative in their use, I found myself laughing out loud at moments. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read! It was love at first sight with these characters and their story, I can hardly wait for Sherry's next book!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This novel has one of the best premises a reader can come across for a love story packed with action. The main character, Maggie, struggles to maintain normalcy in her life. She is stuck in a bad home situation with few friends and only school to keep her sane. When she meets Seth, the love interest of the novel, she thinks she finally found something good in life. Seth is actually an undercover agent...however, he finds himself slowly falling for Maggie. Seth has his problems too, he isn't perfect. A younger reader will still find this an enjoyable read-the love scenes are kept scrupulously clean. The novel has the ring of the realistic while still being fictional enough to keep the reader interested. The plot itself is very intriguing and the reader will never be bored. This novel is recommend for teens/young adults/adults.
BookAddicted More than 1 year ago
Hey can someone tell me how many pages this book is? I got the e-book sample but its 149 pages and if its only 200 pages that seems dumb to give a sample with that many pages.
GeekGirlWriter More than 1 year ago
I found Maggie's story very enjoyably readable. This poor girl lives in horrible circumstances, trying to maintain some normalcy, while being contantly told how unlovable she is. Then she meets Seth, who to her seems too good to be true - and he is to a degree, but not in the he's-so-perfect-he-can't-be-real kind of way. He just isn't what he professes to be. He's not a high school senior at all, but rather an undercover DEA agent. He's assigned to Maggie, and finds himself falling for her rather than maintaining a professional distance. I've read some of the reviews, and some people complained of Seth being too perfect. I didn't get that impression at all. During Maggie's narration, we have to remember we are seeing him through her eyes, and of course she's going to think he's perfect. During his narration, I think Gammon does a great job of showing his humanity, how he struggles with his job vs his personal feelings. There were also some mentions of predictability, and though that's true in certain areas - though not annoyingly predictable, I have to say - there are also many places where Gammon completely throws the reader for a loop. I won't give details, but the story with Maggie and her mother definitely do not go according to happily-ever-after. There was also talk of Maggie making foolish choices. Um, hello, the girl is 17. Who of us did not make foolish choices when we were that age? Teens believe they are invincible, which is a huge part of their charm, and Maggie is just behaving as a typical girl her age might. As to the love scenes - or lack thereof - I'm grateful to Gammon for keeping it clean. I think the whole world is well aware of the raging hormones of teens, but I don't think it's necessary to write books where they have no self-control. I happen to think there are a great many teens who do have control over their actions, and understand the consequences of giving in to urges. So while Seth holds back because of his upbringing, I applaud Gammon for showing that a young couple can have a hot, loving, sweet relationship without being physical. I did not find the story lacking at all in that area. I applaud ALL authors who write YA books that are appropriate for teens, rather than writing an adult book disguised as YA, but full of adult matter/content. Gammon is absolutely on the right track in that area. I definitely recommend this book for ages 14-90. There is some violence, and some of the death scenes are fairly graphic, so it might not be appropriate for a younger crowd. Overall, you're going to enjoy this book, as I did. Oh, and excellent cover! Perfectly catches Maggie's struggle.
Courtney21 More than 1 year ago
Unlovable was everything I thought it would be! I read some reviews of this book before I read it and was fully prepared for what it had to offer and I was actually surprised! It was a lot better than the one negative review I've read... a lot! This is about a young girl, Maggie, which is a senior in high school that struggles daily to survive. She lives in a trailer with her alcoholic mother and barely gets enough food because her mother spends all her money on booze. Maggie continually questions whether or not she is lovable because she hasn't been told by her mother that she is loved since she was a toddler. I really enjoyed the characters despite the fact that there were some minor stereotypes going on. I think the author nailed Maggie as a true to character abused and sad young girl. Living with an alcoholic mother can really mess with a kid and this seemed evident with Maggie. The other main character was Seth, an undercover MET cop that is working at the high school pretending to be a popular student to try to find out who is selling drugs to the kids. He seemed a bit too perfect at times but I just really adored him. He had values and stuck to them, he was nice, sexy (which is always great in a hero) and he was a bit shy with how to flirt and impress the girl he wants and I found that delightful. There aren't a whole lot of young adult books out there that offer clean but exciting romances and I was thrilled that Unlovable was one of those books!! There was plenty of kissing scenes and danger that kept this book alive and exciting. Even though this book did suffer some predictability I still enjoyed reading it and in-fact I couldn't seem to put it down. I was worried about what was going to happen to the mother, the drug issue and fragile state of Maggie all the way through. There were some grammatical errors but it really didn't deter from the story at all. I barely noticed a few of them and they are in no way significant to distracting the reader. I really was invested in all the characters, and I'm excited to learn that there is going to be additional stories on Booker and Cole. I will be picking up a copy of those when they are released because I really want to read some more about the lovable secondary characters. Thank you to Sherry Gammon for providing me a copy of Unlovable for my honest review. All opinions are my own!
booklookLP More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The story drew me in and I coulnd't put it down. I hope book two comes out soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago