Published by Entangled: Crush on July 25th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
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…
“I’ve got a stalker ex I need to get off my case… You’ve got a dork you’re trying to seduce. It’s a win-win.”
Mandy Pennington and Caleb Torrs didn’t run in the same circle, yet they bumped into each other at a party when Mandy was looking for her childhood crush, Gus. Their meeting was not even close to lovely, and Caleb would rather go home than spend more time with Mandy. Still, he couldn’t leave her when a group of stoners were approaching her. He ended up driving her home.
Soon, he realized that maybe he could help Mandy with her Gus issue, and she could help him scare away a crazy stalker ex. How? A fake relationship, of course!
It took me a while to warm up to Mandy. I didn’t know if she was a popular kid or not. She’s well-liked, active in extra-curricular activities, yet doesn’t fall in the popular head cheerleader trope. I didn’t know where to put her, and I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or not. She also has this “everyone isn’t bad, just misunderstood” attitude that came off as annoying sometimes.
When Mandy’s learning disabilities––ADHD and dysgraphia––were revealed, I was relieved to see how natural it was depicted. Others looked to her with pity, others with little empathy, and Caleb with understanding. It was heartwarming to see their tutoring sessions, and to see how great Caleb was with Mandy.
It was obvious from the start what a terrible person Gus was, but Mandy’s blind to it, always seeing him through rose-colored glasses. She wasn’t even put off when he ditched her on her birthday. Infatuation does that sometimes. But Gus didn’t come off as a dork. I hated him the first time I read about him.
I wouldn’t call Caleb a rebel; he’s more of a loner than anything else. He wears black and leather, and has an aura that makes people cautious of him. He reminded me of a pitbull; they have a terrible reputation, but they’re total sweethearts. Caleb is smart, he just doesn’t participate in school activities the way Mandy does. And he’s deeper than anyone thought. He loves literature and is actually quite sweet when he wants to be.
Their friendship/relationship was cute. I loved their character growth, too! When they’re not goading each other, they’re pretty much flirting without even realizing it. Their banter is hilarious and a little hot sometimes.
“We need to focus.”
“I’m focused.” His lips curved dangerously. “Just not on your essay.”
I liked Mandy’s friends, especially JT. They were loyal to Mandy and had their own ways of showing their care for her.
Over all, I enjoyed this book. The story’s predictable but sweet and fluffy. It was fast-paced, entertaining, and heartwarming at times. I was looking for a light, fun, and fluffy read, and I got it when I read this book. If you’re looking for a cute YA with fake relationships, cute promposals, and bickering/flirting MCs, you might enjoy Resisting the Rebel.
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