I love to read but I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately that was until this book appeared in my inbox so I quickly downloaded it just in time for church camp.
In my opinion this book is to blame for the all the crazy dreams I had on camp which were all based around dating (and left me walking around in dazes at times!).
I love Jenny B Jones and she has yet to write a bad book, I will admit this book is predictable but its a good story and a great light hearted read so perfect for a weekend away (if you need something to break up the hours of board games and eating) at the beach.
The blurb reads (taken from Amazon):
She’s the coach’s brilliant daughter, clueless about love. He’s the dethroned football star, ready to teach Romance 101. When dark secrets and sparks collide, there’s no playbook for what happens next.
The day Andrew Levin arrives at Washington High, Harper O’Malley knows he’ll make the perfect starter boyfriend. The school’s newest band geek is totally in Harper’s league, yet completely out of this late-bloomer’s reach. Between fitting in with a new family, scoring the first chair in band, and rescuing dogs for the local animal shelter, Harper’s never had the opportunity to hone her dating skills. But even though Harper’s love life is far from perfect, she’s got the perfect plan.
Harper knows she’s insane to agree to tutor Ridley Estes, a notorious heartbreaker and the star of her high school’s football team—but in exchange, he’s offered to school her in the game of love. Just when she sees promise with her crush, a football scandal rocks her family, her town, and Ridley’s entire future. Harper suddenly has everything to lose—her family, friends, and even her heart. When the dust of the scandal settles, nothing will be the same. Including the girl who asked the most popular jock to teach her about love.
Award-winning author Jenny B. Jones returns to YA with a sweet, funny novel about first love and the power of letting go.
Jenny has never been one to shy away from the whole foster/adoption topic and this book contained lots of that and it was nice to see especially as this topic seems to be brought up a lot in the media recently. I enjoyed getting to hear Harper's back story as the book went on and just how much her past shaped her that she didn't realise. It's often easy to do things subconsciously without realising where the behaviour came from and its good to see Harper realising this and figuring it out as the story goes on.
I also loved how Harper's life intertwined with Ridley's and how they both realised that they were more alike than first meets the eye.
I did feel like this book was rushed in places and the ending was abrupt, though I think an epilogue would've fixed it. I just felt like there was still a lot of questions left that needed to be answered, while the main story was wrapped up.
All in all this book was a great read and I highly recommend it if you are in a reading rut and need something to get you out of it.
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*I was provided with an epub version of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.