Pepped Up

Pepped Up

by Ali Dean


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Qualifying for Nationals. It's all I can think about, and I'm willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. I can handle long miles and hill sprints in cross country, but guys? That's an entirely different challenge.I've kept my feelings hidden from the boy next door all this time. My longtime friend, Jace Wilder doesn't see me that way. He has the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town -- and he has. Our friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and I'm fine with that, or so I keep telling myself.That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town and bridges the gap. Apparently, I've caught his eye and suddenly Jace starts seeing me in a different light. Everything changes, for all of us. On the trails, my goals are clear. Train, run, breathe, run, win. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it's nowhere near as simple. This battle can't be won by crossing a finish line, this war is in my heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493794881
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2013
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 209,375
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Pepped Up 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Pepper Jones loves to run and gets a high from it. Know the feeling! Her life revolves around running and not high school drama or Jace Wilder, the hottie senior. "On the one hand, it looks like I'm pining after the guy I can't have, but, on the other, I know he's my oldest friend and I know he cares about me. I know where I stand and I accept it. Most of the time." (11) Pepper is stuck in the "friend zone." He sees her like a sister. Ouch! Pepper is relatable in the sense that she's plain in her flat, athletic body and feels inadequate with the other girls, especially since they get all of Jace's attention. A new boy, Ryan, seems to make Pepper forget all about Jace. Almost. I actually liked these two together since they both share a love for running and understand each other. Still, she can't shake off her feelings for the guy she's been pining over, and it seems this is just what it takes to get Jace to notice her. Now, on top of competing for state nationals, Pepper is caught between two guys. How can she ever let go of Jace, especially when he looks like he's gotten himself into trouble? And Pepper might be the only one who can get through to him. I really liked this book. It's a quirky, fun novel! Although I could've done well without all this talk about competitive racing. I mean, I like running, but it's not my life. Guess Pepper would disagree.
Saptarshi More than 1 year ago
***I was given a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for my honest review*** This was an interesting read, but unfortunately it wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be a little bit more than just a romance but most of the book was about Pepper's love for her best friend Jace. It was a very typical storyline where the girl is in love with her best friend, but the best friend doesn't love her, and then she starts dating someone else and suddenly the best friend decides that he does love her. Like I said, it was a very common storyline that I have read many times before. It's not that I don't really like reading this type of stories, but just that I was expecting there to be more elements in the mix instead of just total romance. Also, it seemed to me that there were some plot points that were just randomly thrown into the book. I am not going to mention what those plot points are because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. There weren't any developments in the characters either and the ending was very predictable. Basically, there wasn't anything really new about this story that made this book stand out or had me looking forward to continuing reading it. I finished reading this book, but every time I had put the book down, there wasn't really much about it that made me want to go back and start reading it again. However, this book did have some elements which I really liked. Pepper's an athlete and her determination to win all her meets and do her best felt very real. Ms. Dean has done a great job in describing the whole running aspect of Pepper's life and the pressure that comes with people expecting you to be the best. Also, I really liked the different personalities that each character had. They were all unique in their own way and it was nice to see a wide range of characters, instead of very similar ones. Overall, this was an ok type of book, but in the end I was still left disappointed by the lack of depth and a solid plot in the story.
Amers86 More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.** Pepper Jones is a natural runner. It’s the one thing that calms her down and brings her back to reality. The new kid in town, Ryan, helps her see just how good she really can be. Jace, Pepper’s best friend, stirs up Pepper and ignites feelings deep down that she doesn’t know how to handle. He has been like a big brother her whole life but her feelings for him have crossed the line from brotherly love to a romantic type of love. This is a sweet and fun read. The author did a great job writing Pepper’s character. She is shy and reserved but starts to come out of her shell as her feelings for Jace develop. As you read through the book it is almost like you can see their relationship developing from friends to lovers as the author provides great description to make it easy to follow. I loved that Pepper was the good girl and Jace was the bad boy. These types of relationships are fun to read and keep the story going. It opens up the possibilities how each character will develop and what they will do and will stop doing. I appreciated the way that the author wrote the sex scenes. There were implied scenes and there were sweet innocent scenes. It’s nice to read books every now and again that don’t have so much detail regarding the bedroom activities but didn’t leave it out completely. They are at the age where they are exploring the human body and the author did a tactful job writing these scenes. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series. There are so many possibilities as to how Jace and Pepper might or might not end up. I definitely suggest picking up a copy of this book, you can’t go wrong here.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it. It’s dripping with angst, has strong characters, an edge of your seat romance, and a fabulous running subplot. I ran track in high school, although not cross, but I could still identify with the race day jitters, the high of competition, and choices you have to make in your social life during the season. But really, anyone who participated in any high school sport will be able to relate. There is so much to love about Pepper’s story. She’s deeply, hopelessly in love with the her best childhood friend, Jace, who is the school slut, star football player, and all around big man on campus. He’s the boy all the girls want and most have had, but Pepper’s more like a little sister to him. When reigning boys’ national cross champ, Ryan Harding, arrives in town and sparks fly between him and Pepper, Jace’s actions might be indicative of deeper feelings. Or maybe his overprotectiveness is about something else entirely. Plot The story moves along at a clipped pace that would rival any cross country track meet. Unrequited teen love is the hallmark of the genre, and yet author, Ali Dean, manages to kick it up to about a 10-1/2 on the angst scale. Perfectly so. Nothing feels overdone and the twists and turns she throws in kept me reading way past midnight several nights in a row. Characters Pepper's mixed feelings for the two boys in her life could easily make her the kind of girl we all love to bag on. But she's strong and she grows in such a believably realistic fashion, that we know her heart is always in the right place. Jace is flawed in every sense of the word and yet we never stop hoping he'll pull himself together and be the boy that Pepper believes him to be. Ryan is adorably perfect, and yet we still want Pepper to be with Jace. The rest of the cast all do their part to mix it up and raise the stakes. A few come off as archetypes, but just because the stereotypical mean girl is a young adult staple, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. We all knew at least one when we were in high school. Bottom Line I adored Pepper’s story, the characters, and the passion this book managed to elicit in me. So much so, that as soon as I finished it, I started All Pepped Up, the second book in the series. This is definitely one of the best pure teen romances I’ve read in awhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was different and fun. An enjoyable read