Not Okay, Cupid

Not Okay, Cupid

by Heidi R. Kling


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Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel's in free fall-until her best friend's brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He's as drama-free as they come. But he can't stand by when his sister steals her best friend's boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel's fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can't resist-so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel's revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who's stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.

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ISBN-13: 9781682810798
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 574,178
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Not Okay Cupid 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
The story starts off strong, right before the action which I felt appropriate because it's right before the inciting incident so I never had time to get bored. A wonderful start! It was easy to get immersed into the story so I sped through this book and loved almost every second of it! I doubt most of what happens in the story is believable but it sure is entertaining! I like Hazel and Felix, both are both interesting characters but they do lean close towards their stereotypical archetypes of RomCom characters but they do differ a little. I like how the author dove deeper into Felix's background and growth where we learn that he's more than he appears. We learn that he became the way he was because of his past and while I'd like to see him confront it more, I understand that it wasn't quite relevant to the story. Personally, I'd have enjoyed seeing a more flawed Hazel. She's described as perfect but I didn't get that vibe from her in the story. We see she's not perfect, if anything, I'd describe her as "safe" as she likes making the best safe decisions. I can't really pick out a major flaw other than having bad judge of character. She is relatable but not a character I would say that stands out or is particularly memorable. I would have liked to see more layers of development with them both main characters, especially Hazel. There were some inconsistencies with the physical description of characters which threw me off in the story. It got to the point where I had to stop reading and flip back to confirm the inconsistency but eventually got more consistent. The pacing, the character's voice, and author's tone sounded fantastic to me, I feel they are the one of the best parts of the book. I often found myself chuckling and laughing at the antics the characters had gotten into or had said. This is one of the stronger aspects of the story which I loved and would love to see more of in future books. Now I felt that the conclusion could have been better. The characters just made the wrong choices so I feel like things could have turned out differently than how it did. It would have been clever to end things in a different way if they had only thought of it (Highlight to read: Reverse roles of "Never Been Kissed" Prom Scene anyone?). Or maybe take a higher road but the characters didn't and I felt that was a disappointment. I also felt like a character could have gotten redemption for their choices. However, the heroes weren't willing to let that happen and I feel that it could have been a touching moment and a nice way to end the story. Still the end is satisfying and as is expected so you'll be happy with the end. Essentially, don't expect character growth or development but if you love an adorable romance and emotions flying everywhere, this book may be for you. I would have loved to have rated this book higher if the characters had more development and the ending had been more clever, touching, and maybe some redemption. Overall, if you enjoy RomComs that make you feel warm and fuzzy with a few laughs, you'll find it in this book. 3.4 out of 5 rating for me! (A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
This had teen angst written all over it, which is right up my alley, and I was not disappointed. Hazel is heartbroken when her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend, Kimmy. When Kimmy's older brother, Felix, comes up with a plan to get back at the two cheaters, Hazel's heartbreak turns to anger and she's ready for revenge. Things go from zero to awkward in under a minute when Hazel and Felix share a steamy kiss in the cafeteria to prove a point. Lifelong friends with a complicated relationship, each begin to see the other in a new light. But this is teen romance, so there is no easy path to happiness. Hazel thinks Felix is a player, and Felix thinks he's not good enough for Hazel, regardless of their budding feelings for one another. Plot The plot centers around Felix and Hazel's relationship and their revenge plot. Even though the reader is perfectly aware these two belong together, the assumptions and miscommunication drives conflict. It's not especially groundbreaking and there's no real plot twist, but it's a satisfying fun, fast read. Characters I liked Felix and Hazel, and they were both well developed. At times, though, they sounded too much alike. Told from dual points of view, I found them thinking in similar patterns and using the same phrases far too often for such different people. On the other hand, best friend, Kimmy, and ex-boyfriend, Jay, were harder to believe. I know best friends steal boyfriends, but Kimmy never came across as developed enough for me to really understand what drove her to do that. And Jay never made sense to me. I never understood why Hazel would ever date him, much less want him back. He was pretty two-dimensional. Ending I liked the way the story wrapped up, that it wasn't an easy path to get there, and that might have been the only real surprise for me. What Didn't Work for Me 1. Hazel/Jay. I don't see these two being together at all and Hazel seemed to get over him rather quickly. 2. Dueling POVs. As I mentioned above, the two characters sounded too much like each other, I often had to look back to see who it was. 3. Flat Supporting Characters. I never saw Kimmy and Jay as real people. They served a purpose in the story, but they didn't get any real development. What I Enjoyed About Not Okay Cupid 1. Felix/Hazel. These two had a ton of chemistry from the opening scene, even before the whole cheating thing teamed them up. 2. Angsty romance. My favorite kind and this one had it in spades. 3. Revenge. Although the main plot was about extracting revenge, it didn't unfold as planned, and that made the ultimate revenge so much sweeter. 4. The locales. Living in So. Cal, even though the seaside town was fictional, I could totally picture as any of the beach communities near here, which added a sense of realism. 5. High school drama. It's nice to know that some things never change, no matter how long it's been since I graduated. Bottom Line Not Okay Cupid is a sweet romance that manages to contain a fair amount of heat. A fun, fast read. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Not Okay, Cupid is a very cute enemies-to-lovers story that threw in a touch of best friend's brother with a fake relationship/revenge plot just to keep things interesting. It's my first from this author, but it definitely won't be my last! The characters of Not Okay were on the youngish side of high school, even though they were upperclassmen--and that was really okay. It's nice to see teens acting like teens instead of mini adults. They spoke and thought in italics, parentheses, and exclamation points; they were essentially good kids who had respect for their moms and sometimes made silly choices but essentially tried to do good. Hazel McCallister thought she had her life all planned out--she was going to go to college, marry her perfect high school boyfriend, and live happily ever after somewhere in the suburbs--much like her mom had tried to, before Hazel's dad died. Finding out her best friend had stolen her boyfriend just before Valentine's Day threw a bit a of wrench in the works. As the story goes on, it becomes clear to the reader at least that Hazel was probably only sticking with the boyfriend (and possibly her best friend as well) because his presence in her life made her feel safe and anchored--she really didn't have deep feelings for him, and seriously, the guy was a bit of a tool. Her former bestie's brother, Felix, witnesses Hazel's public shaming in the caf and jumps to her aid with the promise of a revenge plot against the two. Felix James has long been the best friend's brother that lives to torment Hazel; but it's pretty obvious early on that the antagonism--at least on his end--definitely has more than a touch of pulling-the-pigtails-of-the-girl-you-actually-like to it. Really, it reminded me quite a bit of the Anne Shirley/Gilbert Blythe dynamic from the early years, which is definitely a good thing :) He throws himself full speed ahead into the "get back at Jay and Kimmi to make Hazel feel better" idea and soon finds out that spending more time with "Hazel Basil" makes all the girls he's been "seeing" pale by comparison. Felix and Hazel's relationship was a slow burn, and it felt very realistic. I liked that they moved slowly, even though Felix was supposedly having much more adult-type relationships with the girls he'd been with before; Hazel was clearly not ready for that at all. Their reasons for each questioning the other's feelings for them made sense, and the way they finally got together was adorable. The book left me with warm and fuzzy feelings all around. (Plus, Felix wears holiday-themed boxers! I'm not a fan of the wearing your pants around your ankles so everyone can see your underwear trend, but I do enjoy seasonal underwear and guys who are confident enough to wear it.) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Alexandra_the_Reader More than 1 year ago
I just don't know what happened with this book, what happened with the author in this book. I read Paint My Body Red from this author which I really REALLY liked , even though I kinda hated Paige at the start. That story had that unique, deep and realistic feeling in it. Having said (or write) that, I just don't know what happened in this book. I like well-done cliché, or a simple cliché with a little bit of a twist. What we have in Not Okay Cupid is just a cliché, not well-done and without a nice twist. I think my biggest problem with this book was Felix's POV. It's obvious the author tried but for me Felix's POV was a fail. Guys don't talk like that specially not a 17-year-old. " The colors were so pretty together, the tangerine and aqua, which I always found myself staring at it." But even though I didn't love it, I can still say it was a sweet, cute and a fast read story. It had some humor in it. It was something light. **ARC received via, thanks Netgalley and Mrs. Altenburg for the e-copy.**
Holly More than 1 year ago
Not Okay, Cupid is the story of how two teenagers fall in love in a unusual way. Hazel thought she had the perfect life with good grades, a perfect boyfriend named Jay and a best friend named Kimmy, until one day when her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend. Felix is Kimmy's brother and hates what her sister did to her best friend and wants to help Hazel get revenge on the both of them for what they did. Felix sets up a plan to get revenge on his sister and Hazel's scummy ex-boyfriend at the school's Valentine's Day dance but realizes that he has feeling's for Hazel that he never thought would have. Even though Hazel is getting over a broken heart, she also starts to feels something for Felix but doesn't want to say anything. The night of the dance brings the plan out in the open and a ending that will make it bittersweet for two people that never thought it was possible to be in love. This book will make you stay up late in the night just to finish it so you know what happens with Hazel and Felix, This may be a original story line but it puts a whole new spin on the getting revenge on a ex-boyfriend and falling in love with who's helping you. I could see this being a perfect book to read anytime you want a break from heavy reads! Thank You to Heidi R. Kling for writing a feel good book to escape from the heavy story line books we tend to be reading! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3 stars Not Okay Cupid was a sweet and cute read just wished there was a little less inner monologues going on as it did get a little repetitive at times. The characters were entertaining and the plot was ok. I think Not Okay Cupid would be a hit with a younger reader.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thanks to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** Before I start off my review, I just want to tell you that you seriously need to check out Entangled's Crush line, because the books are literally so swoon-worthy. They're just such cute contemporary reads that are perfect if you're in a reading slump! I've read almost all of the ones that have been released so far, and I've LOVED every one. Not Okay Cupid follows Hazel who recently found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her with none other than her best friend. Mind you, this happened very early on and I was just sitting there feeling so bad for Hazel wondering how her best friend and boyfriend could possibly do this to her. She immediately gets very upset and doesn't know how to handle the situation, so her best friend's brother, Felix, comes to the rescue. He tells the school that the two of them are dating now, and soon enough, they get everyone to believe it. However, before long, it might not be all for show anymore. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I don't know why, but there's just something about light-hearted contemporaries that make me incredibly happy. I adored Felix so much. He was just so hilarious and big-headed but he was also very sweet deep down and would do anything to make sure that Hazel was okay. It's very possible that he has cared about Hazel longer than he'd ever even admit to himself. Hazel was also a great character. I felt so incredibly bad for her that her boyfriend was cheating on her best friend though! What kind of best friend did she have? The best friend just kept claiming that she couldn't help her feelings which just left Hazel to be completely alone. One of my favorite things about this book was the dual POV. The reader gets to get inside both Hazel and Felix's mind, which was pretty awesome. It was great because you could read about them slowly falling for each other yet they never admitted it to one another till later on. I know that I'm definitely going to check out more by Kling in the future and until then I highly suggest you give this one a read!
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
thought that this was a very good read by Heidi R Kling!! Yes, of course the revenge thing with a fake boyfriend has been written before, but Heidi did a great job with this one making it her own. I loved reading it and seeing where she was going to take it. I think this one is going to be a hit for her!! Hazel is a young lady that has everything going for her when all the sudden her world shatters around her when her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend. Everyone at school knows what happened and now they are all watching her to see what she is going to do next. Hazel is just going from day to day and trying to deal with everything when her best friends brother, Felix, comes up to her at school and acts like he is interested in her and tells Hazel to just play along. Felix wants to make her ex jealous and make him regret what he has done to Hazel even, especially since it was his sister that did it to her. I did like this about Felix. He was more worried about the situation and how it happened as opposed to who had done it. Felix could have totally taken up for his sister and left Hazel out to dry, but he didn't and I think that is what made me come to really like him in this story. As the days go by, Felix is determined to get revenge with Hazel on her ex-boyfriend. There is a school Valentine's Day dance coming up where they are going to choose a Cupid and a Psyche for the school. Felix comes up with the idea to humiliate Hazel's ex-boyfriend on that night to get revenge, but will Hazel be able to follow through with their plans? Will Hazel realize before it is too late that she has to either choose Felix or revenge? The love that ignites between Felix and Hazel during the whole plotting process is unmatched. Sometimes things happen for a reason and when we are going through it all we don't want to hear that. I totally believe this was the case with Felix and Hazel. If Hazel's ex had not cheated on her, she would not have know how Felix can be so protective and caring. You need to read this cute read to find out how things end with Hazel and Felix. Do they end up being together or do they go their separate ways after revenge has been taken? I can't wait to see what Heidi R. Kling has in store for us next. I am sure it will be something just as good if not better than this one!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great teen romance which just goes to show that the most perfect of plans are just made to be wrecked – and usually in ways you’d never dreamt of! That was certainly the case for Hazel McCallister who has her perfect life planned out only for her perfect best friend and Hazel’s perfect boyfriend decide that they’re perfect together, without Hazel! Felix James is the perfect anti-heroic figure, the brother of Hazel’s now not so perfect friend and he’s disgusted by his sister’s behaviour so plans to help Hazel get revenge on the cheating couple by the two of them having a fake relationship. The plans, like so many others in reality are doomed to go wrong as instead of being fake they both end up wanting a real relationship but aren’t convinced the other feels the same. Oh what a tangled web is woven as this new couple build on their childhood relationship, developing it into something so much more meaningful. It is also a tale of betrayal and revenge, where the nature of that revenge is questioned to the very end. This is a well written story, with a great sense of humour and brilliant characters in a carefully developed, wholly entertaining plot. I particularly liked how Hazel slowly discovers that the annoying brother of her best friend is so much more than she’d assumed in a very positive way. Assumptions about others are so easy to make and it is only by really getting to know others that more than might be initially thought. A delightful teen romance that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to teens and adult romance lovers alike. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
trosado More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet YA romance with a revenge-for-cheating sub-plot. There was nothing new or imaginative about the story and the hea was predictable, but teens wills enjoy the journey that the Hero and Heroine go on. It was a quick read that I didn't have a hard time finishing, but the inner dialogue of both POV's was rehashed and repetitive. as the book progressed. Even though, the inner dialogue could be repetitive, I never felt like it was too immature for the intended audience. The writing is well-developed as are the characters. For a quick read, the author does an amazing job with the back stories, giving the reader a clear reason as to their behavior and misunderstandings. I absolutely loved Heidi Kling's previous novel, Paint My Body Red and was excited to read another book by the author behind that evocative novel. I knew from the synopsis that this was not going to be the psychological ride that "Paint" was. Overall, it was a sweet and entertaining teen romance and a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. I was provided an ARC for my unbiased review.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
An old tale of cheating boyfriends and betraying best friends gets a revamp in this YA, humour-filled story, starring Felix and Hazel. Written from the perspectives of both of them, you are with Hazel as she learns about her boyfriend, Jay, and her best friend, Kimmy, now becoming a couple even though Jay forgot to mention it to her. School is tough and to find out in the school cafeteria is a hard one. Felix isn't prepared to let Hazel deal with it by herself, so he puts a plan in motion. Well written, humorous and with plenty of opportunities for reflection and passion, this story is light and thoroughly enjoyable. Movie references from the 80's abound, including one from The Princess Bride! I would have no hesitation in recommending this. * I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!