Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?
Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend. She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back. It’s a win-win.
But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…
Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing.
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Resisting the Rebel
By Lisa Brown Roberts, Liz Pelletier
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Shake Your Groove Thing
Friday, September 16
Mandy Pennington took a deep breath and surveyed the dimly lit room full of entwined couples sprawled across couches and groping each other in dark corners. Music pounded so loudly that her plastic cup vibrated in her hand. Drunken parties weren't her usual scene, but when Gus had casually asked her after school if she wanted to go with him, of course she'd said yes.
Even though it was her birthday and she'd had plans with her best friends to go dancing at an all-ages club.
Even though the party was at Kay's house, the den of her archenemy.
Even though her annoying stoner brother had warned her it wasn't her type of party.
Whatever. Gus had asked her and that was what mattered, because she and Gus were destined for each other, even if Gus didn't realize it yet. But maybe tonight was the night he'd finally —
"Yo, Mandy. Wassup?"
She blinked, focusing on the guy standing in front of her. She couldn't remember his name, but she knew he was on the lacrosse team with Gus, so she gave him her best "I totally should be Gus's girlfriend, right?" smile.
"Not much," she said. "How are you?"
His eyes were glazed, but they focused in on her chest. "I'd be better if you'd let me do a body shot from your — "
"As if." Mandy took a step back. She'd heard the lacrosse guys were horndogs, but seriously? She glanced behind him, looking for Gus to come to her rescue, because he totally would. He was awesome like that.
A prince among frogs.
The guy shrugged, looking bored rather than disappointed. "Whatever. Shoulda known you were too chicken."
Mandy suddenly wished she were with her best friends J.T. and Cammie practicing disco moves at the dance club. That's where she should be, not at this low-life party with jerks like this guy who was still staring at her chest.
She rolled her eyes and turned away, determined to find Gus so they could kick her birthday celebration into second gear. She fired off a quick text, asking him where he was.
Pushing through the crowd, she scanned the room for signs of Gus's curly brown hair and blue hoodie, but it was hard to make out actual faces in the semidarkness.
She kept moving, knowing he had to be around somewhere, but after she'd done a full circuit of the room and even been brave enough to peek into the dark bedrooms, she still hadn't found him.
She took a deep breath and recited one of her go-to mantras in her mind: The universe doesn't give us more than we can handle. It was kind of a cliché, but she still believed it.
She took another breath, headed upstairs, pushed through the crowded kitchen where all the Jell-O shots were happening, then finally escaped through the sliding door onto the dark patio. The rush of cold air felt good for a few seconds, until she started shivering. She rubbed her hands up and down her bare arms. Maybe her retro minidress hadn't been such a great idea.
Beckoned by the faraway sound of laughter, she leaned over the deck railing, straining to see if Gus might be one of the people standing around the fire pit in the far corner of the vast backyard.
"Great. Just great," she muttered aloud. Why had Gus abandoned her so quickly? She'd assumed they'd hang out together. Maybe dance. Maybe ... more.
Startled, she whirled around, coming face-to-face with a shadowed figure leaning against the far edge of the deck railing. She heard the unmistakable click of a lighter, and a tiny orange glow illuminated his face.
Suddenly she wasn't cold anymore because Caleb was ... well ... not the kind of guy she felt cold around. He was the exact opposite in fact, the kind of guy who stirred up an internal bonfire with just one glance.
Not that he ever noticed her. He was into bad girls, which made sense because he was totally a bad boy. Black leather jacket and motorcycle boots. Black jeans with the knees ripped out. Tangled dark hair and a stony face. Dark eyes watched her in the glow of the flame from his lighter.
She cleared her throat nervously and glanced toward the fire pit again. "Um, maybe ... I don't ... know."
He doused the lighter, shrouding himself in darkness again. "Maybe I've seen him." His disembodied voice curled around her like smoke. "Who are you looking for?"
"Why do you think it's a him?" The words tumbled out before she could stop them.
His responding laugh was low, sending a tingle up her spine.
She bit her lip, trying to make out his features, but all she saw was the faint glint of light from his eyes and the curve of his mouth, curled in a smirk.
She might as well ask him since she'd looked everywhere else. "Gus. Lacrosse guy?"
The lighter flicked and she noticed his smirk morph into a grimace. Then he doused the flame, shrouding them in darkness again.
"What are you, a pyro or something?"
"Maybe." He shifted against the railing, running a hand through his tangled hair. His hair was the stuff of legends and fantasies at Sky Ridge High. Maybe even a few of her fantasies, but that was pointless because a) he had a girlfriend and b) Mandy was in love with Gus.
"Whatever." She stepped toward the door, frustrated with his badboy act and the way she was distracted by his rock star hair. "I don't have time for games. Have fun torching Kay's house." She wanted to get out of here. This definitely wasn't how her birthday was supposed to turn out.
Caleb stepped away from the railing, moving into the light spilling from the kitchen onto the deck. God he was ...
She took a breath. Whatever. Yeah, he was hot, but he was also a jerk, based on all the rumors she'd heard, and she didn't have time for that. Guys like Caleb were the reason she liked Gus — sweet, adorable Gus who definitely didn't own a lighter.
"I saw him," Caleb said, taking another step toward her. His hair shadowed his face, but she still felt the heat of his gaze. "He and Kay headed for the fire pit a while ago."
Gus and ... Kay? He was with the most evil girl in school? Mandy swallowed, telling herself Caleb had to be mistaken.
He glanced toward the dark yard. "Not sure if they're still out there."
Now what? Should she try to find Gus to ask him to take her home? But what if he really was with Kay doing ... whatever. She definitely didn't want to interrupt that.
But he wouldn't. Not with Kay.
It was her he was supposed to be with tonight. She was the one he was supposed to be dragging away to the bonfire, not Kay.
Trust the signs, she told herself, though she wasn't sure exactly what the signs were, other than badass Caleb flicking his lighter and telling her something she didn't want to hear.
She glanced at her mood ring. Brown, for confused and restless.
"Well, thanks, I guess," she said, turning toward the deck steps. She'd head out to the fire pit and see if Gus was there. He still hadn't replied to her text, and she didn't want to think too hard about what that might mean.
As she reached the first step the wind kicked up, lifting the skirt of her dress. She tugged it down, and the sudden flick of Caleb's lighter made her flinch. She swore she could feel his eyes boring into her back as she clattered down the deck, hugging herself and wishing for a coat.
* * *
Caleb watched Mandy stumble down the steps, her crazy red hair swirling in the wind.
This party sucked, and his brief interchange with the queen of school spirit had the potential to entertain him, but she was obviously too focused on Gus to stick around and make his night more interesting.
Too bad, because even though she was everything he hated about high school wrapped up in one sparkly package, she was still ... intriguing.
He flicked his lighter again, watching the flame dance in the wind. It was an old Zippo, etched with a skull and crossbones. He smirked as he thought of Mandy calling him a pyro. Hardly; he didn't even smoke. But he'd had this lighter for years, ever since he'd found it in his brother Mike's room after he left for college. Caleb held on to it as a weird sort of memento since he didn't see much of Mike these days.
Caleb sighed and shoved the lighter back in his jacket pocket, his fingers brushing against a worn notebook. He watched Mandy pick her way across the grass toward the clumps of laughing people gathered around the fire pit.
Gus wasn't there. He had been, briefly, before Kay had dragged him into the dark bushes. Caleb could only imagine what was going down right now ... or who.
He tensed as he imagined Mandy stumbling onto the scene. She was obviously into the guy, but she was about to get a rude awakening. Gus might have shown up with Mandy, but he definitely wasn't leaving with her.
Why was he wasting time thinking about this? Why was he even here? This party was a waste of time and energy. He still wasn't sure why he'd come. Maybe because his dad was home and he'd needed to escape.
Sighing, he turned away from the fire pit and the crazy redhead who looked as out of place at this stupid party as he felt.
He didn't have time for her, or anyone else.
* * *
Mandy approached the edge of the fire pit, stomach twisting with anxiety. She searched the crowd for Gus but didn't see him ... until she did.
He leaned against a tree, Kay wrapped around him like a second skin, her mouth locked on his, his hands ... everywhere.
Stunned, Mandy stumbled back from the fire pit.
No. This couldn't be happening. But it was happening, right in front of her eyes, and she couldn't un-see it.
Heart pounding against her ribs, she stumbled across the grass, up the deck steps, through the kitchen and living room, and out the front door. Feeling like she might throw up, she stood in the driveway, wondering what to do.
How would she get home? Her brother was out with his stoner friends. Her dad was on the road, hauling Walmart junk in his semi, so he couldn't come get her. She fumbled with her phone to text J.T. and Cammie, hoping they'd come to her rescue, even though she sort of didn't deserve it after abandoning them tonight.
Mayday! Mayday! Rescue needed asap! Can you guys come get me at Kay's?
She fired off the text and waited, shivering, as the wind kicked up and light snowflakes glittered in the streetlight.
Times like this, there was only one way to cope. She fished her earbuds out of her leather fringed bag, crammed them in her ears, and cranked up her Seventies Greatest Hits playlist. Closing her eyes, she took a deep, meditative breath and let the music wash over her.CHAPTER 2
I Will Survive
Friday, September 16
Caleb had just started his car when Mandy rushed out of the house. She stopped when she reached the driveway, glancing anxiously up and down the cul-de-sac, but the only people around were the group of guys on the lawn, laughing as they shared hits off a joint.
From his spot at the far end of the cul-de-sac, he watched her shove in her earbuds and lift her face to the sky like a weird snow worshipper. He groaned, leaning back against his car's headrest. He should leave. He'd managed to escape the party after being cornered by his stalker ex-girlfriend, who was still confused about her ex status.
He revved his engine, his gaze tracking the stoner wobbling toward Mandy, now followed by the rest of his posse. He didn't recognize these guys from school, and a sliver of apprehension slid through him as they closed in on Mandy.
He flashed his headlights to warn her about the stoner stalkers. She bounced up and down, rubbing her arms, obviously freezing because she didn't have a coat, but she was oblivious to his attempts at headlight Morse code. Knowing her, she probably thought the flashing headlights were a disco ball.
He ran a hand through his hair. Had he pissed off the big guy in the sky somehow? It sure felt like a supernatural punishment, having to rescue this girl who flitted around school like a butterfly mascot, actively involved in everything he avoided like the plague.
"Damn it," he muttered, killing the engine. He stepped out of the car and slammed the door shut. He stalked down the street, his black motorcycle boots pounding the pavement, keenly aware of the mocking laughter from the weed-heads.
He reached her at the same time the first stoner did, reeking of skunk weed.
"Dude." Caleb narrowed his eyes. "Back off."
Skunk-Weed tilted his head as if struggling to tune in to the right frequency. "I'm not gonna bother her."
"Right," Caleb said. "You're not. So get lost." He glared at the rest of the stoner posse. "All of you. Beat it." The stragglers backed away, but the first guy didn't move.
"Pennington," he snapped, but she ignored him, her eyes closed. He could hear the tinny sound of music through her earbuds. Sighing in exasperation, he reached over and yanked the earbuds out of her ears.
* * *
Mandy stumbled as her earbuds fell out of her ears. Her eyes flew open, and she gasped as her startled gaze landed on the last person she expected to see.
"Go," Caleb growled at some guy she'd never seen before. "Don't make me hurt you."
"Caleb." Mandy found her voice, even though she was still surprised to see him. "Violence is never the answer."
Caleb spun toward her, his dark eyes glittering in the moonlight, and she caught her breath. I am safe in the womb of the universe, she told herself, calling up another favorite mantra. No harm will come to me.
"Drop it, Pennington," he growled, making the hair on her arms stand up.
Hadn't Caleb caused enough trouble tonight, sending her after Gus and Kay? It took all her self-control not to let loose the tears that had been threatening to fall since she'd seen them kissing.
"What are you doing here, anyway?" she asked.
"Chasing off assholes," Caleb said, shooting a glare at the guy she didn't recognize, who reeked of pot.
"Hey," the guy said. "The lady looked like she needed company."
Caleb snorted. "The lady" — she winced at the mocking tone in his voice — "is leaving." He glanced at her. "Right?"
She blinked against the glare of the headlights pointed right at her, wishing she could shove her earbuds back in and tune him out. Wishing she'd never come to this stupid party.
"I'd like to leave," she said with a sigh, "but I don't have a ride." She'd been so full of giddy expectation that maybe tonight Gus would finally realize how she felt about him, and tell her that he felt exactly the same way. But instead Kay had woven her evil spell, and Gus had forgotten her existence.
Caleb muttered something she couldn't quite catch, other than an f-bomb. She glanced at her phone, desperate to escape, but J.T. and Cammie still hadn't responded to her SOS text.
"Let's go, hippie," Caleb said.
She glanced up from her phone, surprised to realize he was talking to her, not the stoner guy.
"Technically, I'm more disco than hippie," she corrected.
Caleb rolled his eyes. "Whatever. Let's go, Disco." He reached out to grab her arm.
She flinched at his touch, which felt like fire shooting up her freezing arm. He stalked away from the stoners, towing her like a rubber raft bouncing behind a determined steamship.
"What are you doing?"
He opened the passenger door and impatiently gestured her inside, then slammed the door closed, making her jump.
"Geez, Caleb," she muttered to his shadowy figure as he walked around the car, "don't ever go into the limo business. You'll go broke."
But when he slid into the car, his musky scent mixing with the clean smell of snow and completely shutting down her brain cells, she forgot to be indignant.
"I assume you need a ride somewhere."
"Umm." Mandy tried to focus. She needed another mantra, stat, but her mind was blank. It was startling to find herself alone in a car with a guy she'd ogled from afar — secretly ogled, the same way she did celebrities and other unattainables.
Caleb started the car and cranked up music that sounded like angry yelling, not at all like the old disco she usually listened to. She darted a quick look at his unsmiling face and took a breath. Maybe a joke would make him crack a smile and help her refocus. "So is this a rescue or a kidnapping?"
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Loved the story and the characters!
What do you call a book that you have a major thing for? Is it my love bookfriend? Or should I go with the classic and say that I want to marry it? Cool? That works. ‘Cause I do! I want to marry this book! Lisa Brown Roberts totally sucked me into this book with her super comfortable characters. The atmosphere and personalities flow so seamlessly that you won’t notice how much time has passed before you are turning the last page. With a flooded market it feels that snappy, sassy, realistic teen romances are harder to find. Organically driven plot lines and engaging dialogue often are sacrificed for higher word counts creating these exposition heavy stories. I love when my stories are told to me by showing me what has happened and not told to me as a summary. When done properly you get an epic and worthy book. Hello Epic and Worthy Book, I am your bride. Okay so let’s say we are shipping CaNdy. That would be Caleb and Mandy; Caleb being the rebel we are supposed to resist--but let’s not do that because he is our superhero above all heroes. And also because GuNdy sounds terrible and Gus-topus is a douchecanoe. Welcome to Sky Ridge High and the least likely, perfectly suited, couple of the year. I mean the month really because this book’s timeline is barely 30 days. Mandy Pennington is a bit spastic. That description would probably hurt her feelings though since her real issue is ADHD and learning disabilities. She is far from dumb, and not even a little ditzy. Mandy has turned her handicap into success by getting involved in events and clubs where her ability to multitask helps get things done faster. Without really knowing her you could think that she is a kindergartner on crack. The person who thinks she is a kindergartner on crack would be the town bad boy. Caleb might have said that to her outloud too, making Mandy call him some rather choice cuss words that she feared could bring her a lot of bad karma. But she isn’t wrong in that instance because Caleb really can be a jerk, that isn’t the word she used though. What Mandy can’t know is that he also sees her as a butterfly, a beautiful fluttering creature who is busy seeing to everything social in Sky Ridge High and keeping it all working as it should. Not that he cares if their high school functions at all since he wants none of it all. ...until he wants her and she begins to drag him kicking and screaming into the world of the living. Mandy is fantastic and beautiful. Queen Quirkiness comes with a posse that includes Caleb’s childhood best friend. Soon the school loner finds that friends and a girlfriend are worth the trouble of giving up his solitary lunch table and learning to dance the hustle. Recommend highly! I give it 50 stars. Fifty! You hear me? All the stars and 45 more. Thanks Entangled Publishing for having such awesome authors!
Mandy has a hardcore crush on her friend, Gus. They've been friends since young children, and to Mandy, Gus is basically perfect. The only problem is he's dating her archenemy. (Ugh, don't you hate when that happens!) Even worse... after he invites her to a party, she finds them making out in the backyard. Yup, time to bolt! While Mandy's waiting outside for a ride home (and about to be bothered by a group of obnoxious guys) Caleb swoops in (the good Samaritan that he is) and offers her a ride home. A very unlikely pair, these two are. But before long they realize that they can actually help each other out. Mandy wants Gus to be interested in her. Caleb wants his ex to back off and leave him alone. How do they fix this? Well, they decide to fake date, of course!! I'm such a sucker for nerdy characters, and this was no exception! Mandy was such a fun character!!! Her sweet personality mixed with her quirky sense of style was a match made in heaven. I adored her!! From her love of 70's music and all this disco, to her constant restating of mantras on a daily basis, down to her adorable outfits (including a fantastic mood ring!). And what was most impressive... she owned it! Yes, she was different... but that was totally okay with her! I also really liked Caleb. He comes off as the intimidating bad boy, but there's so much more to him than that. At first Mandy is just his weird classmate... but after spending some time with her, her started to really enjoy her quirky ways and silly behaviors. These two together were adorable. I loved watching their friendship grow from acquaintances to so much more. I personally really enjoy the fake boyfriend trope. Though at times I can admit they all start to feel alike, this one stood out to me with the adorableness of these characters. They were so unique and funky... definitely one of a kind! If you're looking for a fun, quick read that will keep your thoroughly entertained, Lisa Brown Roberts is an author you will want to check out for sure. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next! (Thanks to Entangled: Crush for the review copy!)
This is a great ya romance where pretending to be involved leads to the real thing. Mandy Pennington is a natural leader, involved in all kinds of societies and groups in her school but she also has ADHD and Dysgraphia making written work a real struggle for her. She does have her own posse of friends, especially J.T. and Cammie and they are both brilliant characters, too. When Mandy's crush, Gus, asks invites her to a party she certainly didn't anticipate him deserting her to go with someone who always denigrates Mandy. That's when the hot loner, Caleb Torrs, steps in to rescue Mandy and gives her a ride home. During this Caleb admits he's having problems with his stalker ex-girlfriend and he suggests Mandy becomes his fake girlfriend to make Gus realise what he's missing and to make it clear to Caleb's ex that she really is ex! As the two get to know each other, Caleb is integrated into Mandy's posse, becomes less of a loner and reconnects with a childhood friend. Get ready for the Power Rangers to come to the rescue, teenage angst to be rampant and for the two to wish their relationship wasn't just a fake one. The perceptions of others are challenged in this well written story, showing how people change as they mature and that sometimes people's behaviour is an act, used to cover their true nature . . . with villains pretending to be heroes and heroes pretending to be villains. The problems encountered by people with learning disabilities like Dysgraphia are portrayed in a brilliant way, showing that these difficulties may impact severely on self esteem and achievement but, with the correct support, need not necessarily do so, indeed there are some excellent examples of well known people who are generally recognised as being very intelligent who had these same difficulties. I also liked how the attitudes to peers were altered as they got to know each other, reconnected and started to appreciate each others strengths and weaknesses, learning to support each other and to stop being so judgemental. A great read that I highly recommend!
"Somebody turn up my oxygen," Gran said from her chair. "I'm getting dizzy. This is better than the Gilmore Girls." You said it, Mandy's gran! High praise indeed, and oh so true :) Resisting the Rebel is about twelve kinds of adorable. (Twelve being the number of highlighted passages I have in my copy. Don't worry, though, Caleb--they're digital highlights. I too have fits when people don't take care of books properly--which often makes my real-life job a very trying one indeed. But I digress.) I fell in love with Mandy and Caleb practically from the first time they showed up on the page. How could I not? Mandy's rants about The Catcher in the Rye could have been made by my own dear daughter (she too hated it with the heat of a thousand suns...and OMG she's never going to let it go). And Caleb became my much-too-young-for-me-book-boyfriend when he reflected that Someday when he was a famous author he'd have an enormous library, the kind with those ladders attached to the shelves. And nobody would get near his books with a d*mn highlighter. Seriously--a guy after my own heart. At first glance, it doesn't look like these two could possibly work--the bubbly cheer dance squad girl who relies on positive mantras and worships the seventies with the all-black wearing loner who strikes fear in the hearts of freshman? It's no surprise they have to put in extra time "selling" their relationship to convince his stalker ex and her secret crush...but it's also no surprise that these two are actually perfect for each other. Watching them figure it out was the best part of my weekend. Ms. Roberts has peopled the pages of this book with a group of amazing characters--as her dedication says, "heroes and sidekicks, archenemies and villains, best friends and boyfriends"--this book's got them all! I loved every minute I spent with J.T. (the Blue Ranger to Caleb's Red--LOL), Cammie, Liam, Jiro, Mandy's "it's the pain meds talking" Gran--all so much fun. I honestly can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud in this book. The camaraderie and banter was just great. I also really liked the way that Mandy's learning differences (she has ADHD and dysgraphia) are portrayed, especially how her ADHD (she doesn't take meds for it, because she didn't like how the side effects made her feel) actually seems to help her to be a better leader and organizer. And when Caleb went home and researched and then texted her the names of famous people who have ADHD and/or dysgraphia? Too. Freaking. Adorable. Ms. Roberts' next release, The Replacement Crush, is on my reading list for next month--can't wait! Is it August yet? ;) Sigh...at least it gives me plenty of time to go re-watch Sky High again... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Review also posted at: http://underthebookcover.blogspot.com/2016/07/book-review-resisting-rebel-by-lisa.h 5/5 Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! Let me begin by saying that Lisa Brown Roberts was just the author I was looking for. Her writing is so much fun to read and really hit the spot. I've been searching for a good contemporary read, as it is a genre I don't read much of but have been wanting to pick up more, and Resisting the Rebel was perfect! It had lovable characters, a great plot, even better writing, and yeah, lots of swoony kissing! At the start of the book, our lovable heroine Mandy is at a party looking for her long-time best friend/crush, Gus. When she bumps into bad boy Caleb Torrs, he reluctantly points her in the "right" direction.Unfortunately, she finds Gus hooking up with her archenemy, Kay. When she tries to leave the party, she realizes she has no ride and is stuck waiting for one of her friends to pick her up. In swoops Caleb to fly our Mandy home and the two come up with this absolutely crazy plan: Caleb and Mandy are going to pretend to be in a fake relationship. Mandy wants Gus to finally notice her, and Caleb wants his crazy obsessive ex-girlfriend, Elle, off his back. What could go wrong, right? Boy oh boy did I love this book! Mandy was such a wonderful character to follow. She was full of spunk and positivity and even when she was having to deal with some negative things in her life, she still always tried her best to see the good side of the situation. Plus, she absolutely lived and breathed anything disco or 70's related and it was so refreshing to see a character that was so out of the box like that! Her friends were also very fun to read about, although Cammie did get on my nerves a bit with the over protectiveness. I understood why she was being like that, however, and was glad when she finally came around to Caleb at the end. Also, J.T. was so wonderfully funny and optimistic. There was so much happiness in all of these characters, even if there were some not so good times. The cover of this book lead me to believe that Caleb was going to be a completely different character than he was in the book. Caleb is a black leather wearing, lighter flicking, book loving bad boy. I can't lie, he's the type of male character I love reading about in books. Bad boys make the best characters! It was clear from the beginning that Caleb had at least a very small thing for Mandy, and I really liked reading along as he caught up with those feelings that he had for her. Also I may have spent a lot of time mentally trying to push the two of them together because it was obvious that they were perfect for each other. But seeing him develop from "liking" her to actually liking her was quite fun. It's always nice to learn that the bad boy secretly has a heart and crushes on a dorky girl. Lisa Brown Roberts really put together a fantastic book. I hesitate when it comes to contemporary, simply because the ending is predictable and I can't stand teenage drama. I got enough drama in high school and I'm definitely not looking for more! But the writing was, to put it simply, fun. I don't think there was a moment that I was reading this book where I wasn't smiling. The banter between all of the characters was so well written and flowed so well, and the development from start to finish was a joy to read. Check out the link above for my full review!
Resist the Rebel? You should. Soooo….I was way less than impressed with this one. I had zero feels and gave no cares about what happened to Caleb or Mandy. Which is sad, the book is inspired by the Disney movie Sky High, a movie I LOVE. (specifically, characters Layla and Warren) and I totally shipped those two. So I was totally in the mood for a Warren type character to fall in love with a Layla type character (which is to say, an opposites attract story) Unfortunately, the emotion, the attraction….heck, even the plot line, just wasn’t there. It was boring. It was dull. Nothing happened. Even when Mandy’s grandma had an upset, I didn’t really feel anything, or any suspense, or any fear for any of the characters. The best part of the book was the bromance between Caleb and J.T. But it was a very tiny light in a very dim surrounding. I’ve read a lot of fluffy contemporaries that I actually love and adore…so I know it’s not the genre or the audience that was off for me. This is a major case of it’s definitely not me, it’s you. I have no qualms about calling out terrible books. So boom, there it is. Book, meet Terrible. Terrible, meet book. Good, we acquainted now? Do yourself a favor and just skip it. This review ended up so short that my post's SEO rating is orange. Dude. XD. I wanted to like it SO BAD. Sigh.
*4.5 Stars Rounded Up Such an adorable story! Wonderful chemistry from the beginning (seriously, I was a goner for Caleb the minute he lit up his lighter in the dark), and two characters with just enough depth to keep them interesting without bogging down an otherwise lighthearted story. There was some serious heat between these two throughout! At first, I really didn't get Mandy and her rambling... until her learning difficulties were revealed. I really enjoyed the mantras and everything that exemplified what it was like for someone whose mind processes things a little differently. I always feel that a romance with heart is one with a good amount of bonding, and this story fit the bill. Even when these two are bickering, they are developing mutual admiration and respect doe one another that is a real treat. The supporting characters are well-developed here and help to round everything out. I especially adored J.T. :) The nerdiness was not lost on me and, proud nerd that I am, I adored every bit of it! Definite points for humor too, nerdy and otherwise. There were several LOL moments! Lastly, being of an older generation (HS class of '02 :P), I'm only slightly familiar with "prom-posals," but found the ones here amusing and all-around fun. I also appreciated the '70s aspect and the whimsy and character it added. Overall, this was a really great read and a fantastic addition to the YA Romance genre!
Awesome YA sweet read. The characters of Mandy and Caleb are both incredible and I loved the slow build of their relationship. My only complaint about this book is the cover. Seriously, this needs a leather wearing bad boy on the cover! A minor complaint but still! Caleb is known as the school bad boy. People didn't mess with him and he was fine with that. Since he prefers fictional characters over actual people being a loner works for him. Mandy on the other hand is on every committee, loves people, and just wants to be accepted as she is. ADHD and all. When she goes to a party with her long time crush Gus only to be left hanging when he hooks up with miss popularity, she's surprised when Caleb comes to her rescue. Even more surprising is his proposal. Pretend to be his girlfriend to help get rid of his stalker ex and he'll help her make Gus jealous and come running back to her. Slowly Caleb finds himself being pulled into Mandy's world and surprise of all surprises, liking it and her more than he ever thought possible. Definitely a book I would recommend to everyone who enjoys a good YA read!