After one bad experience, Iowa high school senior, triathlete, and fangirl Lucia “Luc” Guzman swore off relationships. Well, that was until Connor Kohlton and his southern accent moved to town. With the help of her childhood best friend, Jax Weber, she discovers her “college only” dating rule may be causing her to miss out on a great guy. Luc's parents have always taught her and her sister to put safety first and she applies that rule in all areas of her life; her training, her work, and her heart. However, she must throw caution to the wind when she decides she can’t fight her feelings anymore… But what will it cost her? When things start to fall apart, it’s hard to tell who’s to blame, because everyone is putting their Best Foot Forward.
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About the Author
Jolene Buchheit is an advocate for teenagers, a substitute high school teacher, and an author of young adult books. While attaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, she volunteered to read and edit her fellow students’ research papers because of her love of the written word. Since then, she has written a contemporary novel entitled Best Foot Forward and the first book in the Greek-inspired paranormal Charmed Song Series called Charmed Harmony. When she is not reading, wrestling her two children, or dating her husband, she spends most of her time fangirling. She is always willing to chat about various TV shows, movies and especially books. You can connect with her social media profiles and keep up with her adventures at www.JoleneBuchheit.com in your free time, if you are blessed enough to have some of that.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Contemporary YA is not my normal genre, but I'm so glad I read this book anyway. This is a clean YA book (not many of them are out there!) and while it lacks the angst of the majority of YA it makes up with an awesome family dynamic (que dad jokes). Luc is hispanic, her best friend is gay and she falls for the new kid (totally normal right?). The book twists and turns when she starts receiving phone calls and messages from someone she doesn't know and she has to figure out what it all means. It kept me guessing until the end and it was a refreshing read.
This book was WAY out of my normal reading material for me. Boy am I so glad I took a chance. This book is a clean YA suitable for every age. I adore Luc. She's a sweet girl and loves her friends. I love that she doesn't have the typical job nor are her hobbies typical for someone her age. Then there is the new kid in town who brings with him a super hot southern accent and some not so super crazy baggage! The book started a little slow but the author did such a wonderful job that I felt so invested in the story that I just needed to find out what happened. I would totally read this book again just because it was enjoyable. Well Done!
I love so much about this book I don't know where to start! The humor, the characters, the storyline. I will recommend this book to everyone! I can't believe this is the first book but I hope and pray it's not the last!! Love it!!
I struggled with Best Foot Forward, a debut young adult romance novel, by Jolene Buchheit. It did inspire me to examine why I don't usually stray far from my comfort genres and I had hoped that would allow me to put a positive spin on this novel. But even after stepping away, writing that post and coming back to this review, I can't find much to like about it. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Lucia's life was a little too perfect for me. She was good looking, an excellent athlete and had the ideal Midwestern family. There was nothing in Lucia's life that I could identify with beyond the fact we were both from the Midwest. While I struggled with connecting with the main characters, I was also dealing with a plot that fell flat emotionally for me. Nothing was revealed to the reader until the last possible moment. There were many times, early on in the book, I would start to feel a connection with Lucia especially when she hints at this horrible dating experience she had, but it never goes further than that. Each time Lucia would get close to sharing more, she would back off and in my head I was yelling, JUST TELL ME! Sometimes I'm okay with a cat and mouse game on certain plot points, but in this case it was annoying because I was already struggling to like the characters and I just wanted to connect with someone. When the reveal does happen, it was only done so because the plot couldn't progress further without more detailed information about those events. I know there is an audience for this type of fiction—seemingly perfect teens who get everything they want in the end—I'm not that audience. Growing up reading V.C. Andrews in my teens, I'm looking for a little but more grit, grime and messiness in my characters and more conflict in the plots.