Rich and Mad

Rich and Mad

by William Nicholson
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Rich and Mad 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Burg More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a love story filled with the romance of all that's involved. All the firsts but with a romantic twist but I was wrong. I felt like this was possibly a more realistic showing of relationships and navigating your way through them but the romance factor for me was small. And in retrospect I guess if it was such a neat and romantic process the whole way through your first experiences we'd all be married off before we graduated high school right? As much as I was hoping and expecting a romantic tale, I thought it was refreshing to read such an accurate (and cringe-worthy at times) take on the whole experience. William Nicholson continued to surprise me with his believable characters. Maddie wants to be in love (and who hasn't been there) and she has it all worked out in her head. Too bad the "perfect" guy she has in mind has a girlfriend? Well it certainly doesn't stop her plan to be put into action. However much I enjoyed Nicholson's take on these elements I think this is one of those YA books that is meant for young adults and teens only. I did like it but it won't become a favorite of mine or a future re-read. I think it's hard to be anywhere but in the middle on this one. I most definitely didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. The ending wraps up nicely and I left the book feeling satisfied that everything worked out the way I was hoping it would.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Two teenagers falling in love for the very first time. Doesn’t that sound like a romantic and potentially overwhelming story? I imagined Mad- Maddy- to be independent and strong and Rich-Richard- to be that reckless and sexy young man. They both were nothing like that though. Maddy is so gullible and somehow doesn’t get what’s really happening around her. And then Richard is compulsively insecure and clumsy with all things concerning girls. Rich and Mad’s families as their friends and crushes play a big role in the story aswell. How many illusional feelings and miserable thoughts can a young person bear and what does it take to take them away and replace them with self-confidence and happiness? That’s what RICH AND MAD is all about. I also liked that he involved the topic of sex and that he made clear that it can be a very dominant part of a teenager’s life. But their love story simply wasn’t what I'd expected. I had been really looking forward to read RICH AND MAD, in the end it just wasn’t for me. There were too many issues and no clear line to follow. And I cannot believe the low self-esteem many characters showed so my connection to the characters was rather distant. Rich and Mad's romance didn’t convince me either since it felt forced and meagre most of the time. Note that RICH AND MAD contains explicit content such as physical and psychical violence and sexual interactions. William Nichols provides the reader with vivid details. Those scenes would have felt a lot more meaningful though if the romance between them had been a part of the story from the beginning on and not just some kind of rational decision. THE VERDICT RICH AND MAD- Hormonal teenagers and a ton of personal, familial and social issues. That’s what William Nicholson’s RICH AND MAD has to offer. Unfortunately the story lacks the emotional depth I had wished for.
Awesome514 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and unexpected. Reading this as an adult, I can appreciate the beauty and truth in this novel. The characters are vivid and the conflicts apply to all ages. My absolute favorite line (among many) - "You don't get loved as a reward for something. People need to love..."
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so_death_bye More than 1 year ago
I love it was deep and real.