Falling for the Wrong Guy

Falling for the Wrong Guy

by Sara Hantz


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Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother

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ISBN-13: 9781943892679
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2015
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 890,145
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

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Falling For the Wrong Guy 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TanyaAtkinson More than 1 year ago
Ruby has had a big crush on Drew, her brother's best friend, for a long time. But a tragic event and a betrayal ended that friendship. Now, after a year long absence, Drew is back at school and Ruby realizes that, despite everything, her feelings haven't changed. But does getting close to Drew mean a betrayal of her own brother? Meanwhile, Drew is dealing with both physical and emotional scars that have drastically changed his life. He is crippled with guilt and is certain that he is undeserving of forgiveness or even happiness. When a class project has him spending time with Ruby Drew begins to question if just maybe there is still a chance for redemption and even a reason to find happiness again. Falling for the Wrong Guy is a pleasant YA contemporary that deals with themes of grief, forgiveness, family bonds and healing. Ruby found herself in a difficult position - caring for a boy that was once practically part of the family but who is now shut out due to a tragic event that took place a year ago. While she understands her brother's feelings, she hates to see Drew suffer and does her best to be a friend show him that he is not alone. Unfortunately, Falling for the Wrong Guy does way too much telling and not enough showing. The narrative became repetitive with the continual passages of Drew feeling guilty, Ruby feeling conflicted, and Ruby and Drew both fighting a losing battle against their feelings for one another. This led to a disconnect with the characters and they ended up feeling one-dimensional. Ruby also came across as a total Mary Sue character and I found myself referring to her as Little Miss Fix-It, the girl who always knew just what to say to Drew and seemed determined to single-handedly solve his issues (when in reality he truly needed therapy to deal with what happened). Falling for the Wrong Guy had a moving story line but unfortunately the one-dimensional characters and the telling-instead-of-showing narrative made it fall flat.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Entangled for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I am a big fan of girls who go for the wrong guy. Because I always know in the end that wrong guy has some kind of baggage that he needs to let go of and the girl will help him with that. Ruby has a crush on her brother's EX best friend, Drew. Always has. But he's been gone for a year, and he's the EX best friend for a reason. But Ruby's pull to him is undeniable, and she doesn't want to deny it. But Drew has always seen her as a little sister. So Ruby takes what she can in her friendship with him. Drew, on the other hand, doesn't see himself as worthy in any way to be anything to anyone. So Ruby standing by him is almost more than he can take. I really loved the slow burn of this story, the friendship that forms between Ruby and Drew. Ruby easily empathizes with Drew because of his burns. She has lived a long time with her father and his burns and the depression that goes along with it. But Drew doesn't let her in right away, he lets her peel back the layers. I was happy about the confrontation between Ruby's brother, Blake, and Drew. It needed to get out there and then it was over. Clearing the air was necessary for both boys to move on with their lives. The underlying theme of redemption and forgiveness is laced throughout this book. I enjoyed how the story progressed. I will say I wish Ruby would have been a bit more confident about herself and her wants. I think that would have complimented Drew's inability to really let others know who he is and what truly happened. She sometimes let people walk on her and I wanted to see her be strong. Overall this story was well written. I would definitely read more from this author.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3 stars Falling for the Wrong Guy was an OK read. The storyline was good but I failed to connect with the characters which left me a little unsatisfied. I think this just wasn't the book for me.
Angelized_1st More than 1 year ago
Sara Hantz’ Falling For the Wrong Guy is a touching story of two teens who fall for each other after a tragedy rocks their world. Ruby Davis is drawn to her brother Blake’s ex-best friend Drew. She tries to fight it, because Drew betrayed her brother, and Ruby knows she shouldn’t even think about him as a possibility. Yet, she’s had a crush on Drew for years. One that’s hard to let go of. I really enjoyed the budding romance between Drew and Ruby. These two have known each other for years, and would have made the perfect couple, if it wasn’t for the huge tragedy that left Drew scarred and damaged. Their history, and Drew’s close brotherly relationship with Ruby’s brother made their desire to try and make things work seem highly believable. I loved the circumstances that left Drew on the outs with Ruby’s family. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA novel, or any novel for that matter, where one of the main characters was badly burned. Reading about what Drew had gone threw in his recovery, how he’s handling returning to school, and dealing with people’s reactions to his scars was very interesting to me. I spent a lot of time wondering what I would do in his shoes, or even in Ruby’s. I also loved Drew and Blake’s backstory. The two teens were on the outs over a serious matter, and while it was easy to see why their friendship had been destroyed, it was still sad. Hantz does a brilliant job of developing these characters so that they read like real people. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a YA romance that deals with more serious issues. There’s not a lot of sexy times, so parents can feel comfortable letting their high schooler read Falling For the Wrong Guy, without worrying about the content being inappropriate. I also think the idea of caring for someone dealing with a disability, or disfigurement would make this book a great addition to any reading club. I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute story. I thought that it was a good lesson in not judging someone from their outside appearance as well. What they have on the inside may be that special thing in someone that you have been looking for so "don't judge a book by it's cover." Ruby has always had a thing for her brothers friend Drew, but never acted on any of her feelings. When an unthinkable accident happens between Blake's ex-girlfriend and Drew, things take a drastic turn in the way that Blake and everyone else look at Drew. Ruby knew that Drew was off limits to her as far as her brother was concerned. Drew has to live with a choice that he made that changed his life forever. He can never forget what happened because of his scars and the way that people look at him in town. Drew has not been back to school since the accident, but he decided that he needs to go to school to get away from his horrible home life that his mom has created for him. Drew just can't catch a break no matter where he goes. When Drew and Ruby end up in the same class at school and get assigned to work together on a class project, Ruby immediately knows that she is not going to be able to control her feelings. Ruby and Drew end up spending time together because of the project and in turn get to know each other pretty well once again. Ruby feels so sorry for Drew and what he has to live with and what all he has had to go through in his past. Now Ruby has to make the choice of whether she is going to act on her feelings for Drew or stay true to her brother?? This story will leave you with all kinds of feelings. I love that Sara took a situation that so many of us could be in and made it into a love story. This story will open your eyes and make you realize that sometimes you need to give others a chance! Thanks for a great story Sara Hantz. I look forward to more from you!