Welcome to this week’s
Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!
This week features
How to Unbreakup and The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy
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Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Swoon RomanceBlurb Description: First rule of breakups: There’s no going back.For three years, seventeen-year-old Grace Evers has regretted breaking up with Sage Castle.That day, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. And let’s be honest, it’s impossible to just be friends with the one person who gets you, faults and all, and loved you anyway. It’s impossible not to think about how it felt to be held by him, or the way he looked right before he was about to kiss you with the most perfectly yummy kiss goodnight.And now that things are over between them, they’ve become strangers to one another. Sage won’t even look at Grace, let alone talk to her!Breakup life sucks and Grace is utterly miserable, doing whatever she can to ease the pain of losing Sage. She’s spent the better part of high school pretending to be something she’s not and hanging out with people who probably wouldn’t notice if she wasn’t there. Crappy dates, backstabbing friends, and Sage’s cold shoulder have taken their toll.So when her parents propose going away to their house on Lake Michigan for the summer, Grace is thrilled. No more massively bad dates with horrible kissers or lunch with frienemies. Just three months of swimming,
hiking, and relaxing before senior year starts.But when Grace learns Sage and his family will be joining them, she readies herself for a totally awkward family vacation of disastrous proportions. How can it be anything but awful if Sage won’t even acknowledge she exists?This is it, Grace’s last chance to get Sage back and unbreakup.
So, childhood sweethearts? She knows he's the one for her, and can't believe she let him go all those (three dreadfully long) years ago. CUTE, right?
Yeah- I thought so too! Just like The Romeo Club, How To Unbreakup was a typical contemporary romance with a happy ending and a few not very unexpected twists...
There isn't much to say- and I'm going to keep this short and sweet- but I did LOVE the character development, the weird parents and the siblings, and not to mention that gorgeous beach and summer fun- that made the story seem so much well, livelier and fuller than The Romeo Club!
I loved that childhood playfulness and the 'I'm better, I always win' attitude that was still there between Sage and Grace, that general chemistry that Rebekah managed to throw into the spotlight, without making that ALL that the book was about!
Again, though, I had the feeling that Rebekah Prudy was over dramatizing what it means to be a teenager (while we tend to be one sided at times, I'm quite sure I DON'T think on this line of thought all the time)
"Why was he making this so hard? At this rate, I'd have better luck giving birth to a whale or joining the Rebel Alliance."
So, there was that. But, (and I know I'm repeating) a good contemporary worth getting lost in for a short while!
The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Swoon RomanceBlurb Description: What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone’s surprise, he actually lands her?And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.
I've always loved contemporaries- loved the sound of them and everything about them- but I especially love the dark ones! Don't worry, if you haven't guessed by the title, The Romeo Club isn't dark, but a fairly predictable yet nevertheless cute read:)
So, Delyla (not Delilah, yeah- weird spelling) is a popular girl who is helping her brother and his group of uncool friends (dubbed The Nerd Herd) re-invent themselves, to become hotter, more style conscious versions of themselves and land themselves the girls that they've been crushing on, all while juggling soccer and her jock boyfriend, Rex and her best friend Kenandi (yet again, WEIRD spelling)
I'm not going to explain the book, really, because if I do that- then what's the point in you reading it- but I will say that it was cute and sweet and one of those happy ending types. My only problem was that Rebekah Prudy- at least it's what I felt- was overdoing the teenage drama queen element- I don't quite believe that people are all 'OMG. THATS LIKE SO COOL' but in many places, that's what I felt like was happening.
“Great, if he kept this up, we’d get kicked out of the store. And I’d never be able to shop here again. I mean, I had a reputation to uphold”
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Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California.Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids)—she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights.When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.