Published by Entangled: Crush on July 25th 2016
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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…
Not quite the book for me, sad to say. ‘Resisting the Rebel’ feels too juvenile and too campy – even by Entangled Crush’s standards – and lays the clichés on thick with the brooding bad boy and a flighty, rainbow, navel-gazing girl who are opposites in every way.
It’s probably perfect for teens whose greatest worry is securing a date for the school dance and keeping their grades up amidst the million of social activities they juggle, but this book made it especially hard to connect with any of the characters, particularly Mandy Pennington who came across as silly and full of air (while projecting some weird new-age vibe) than unusual and quirky. The seventies and hippie references coated the entire story in multi-hued shades of tie-dye and by the end of it, I thought I deserved some weed that I managed to get through it.