Friday, December 27, 2013

Crushing on the Enemy by Sarah Adams

Crushing on the Enemy

By Sarah Adams

Blurb: Alyssa begins her senior year living the life that most teenage girls dream of. She's surrounded by friends, she's captain of the cheer squad, and her crush has just asked her out. Things at home are a little wonky, but isn't that true for everyone?

Alyssa's illusions of happiness are very quickly busted when the people she thought were her friends turn on her. She's unsure of how she's going to manage to survive the rest of her senior year, until she finds two unlikely allies. A long forgotten best friend from middle school and the quarterback from the rival school's football team, but Alyssa's problems are a long way from being solved.

She still has to keep her grades up, put her with overbearing step-father, and deal with being branded a traitor for dating a guy from another school.

Jake's father is a jaded man and he has constantly warned his son not to date until after high school. More than a warning, he's made it a rule that he forces his son to live by.

“Son, if you want to make it to college, you'll listen to me,” his father has said again and again.

Jake manages to follow his fathers rules until he meets a pretty cheerleader from the rival school crying in the parking lot after a football game. After that all bets are off. Alyssa instantly steals his heart, but will his high school football career survive their relationship? If he doesn't stay focused he'll lose out on the only chance he has of going to college: obtaining a football scholarship.
Will their young love be able to survive the storm of teen drama and school spirit called senior year?

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction 

Series: Crushing On You, Book 1

Pages: 148

My Rating: 2.5 stars

I bought this book because of the pretty cover, ('bought' being a loosely used word; it was free one day on Amazon) which may have not been the wisest decision. I knew that there was basically a ninety percent chance this would be the same old Romeo and Juliet kind of story, but I bought it anyway, hoping it would bring something new to the table.

My theory proved correct. This story was extremely predictable, with characters who weren't necessarily likeable. It seemed that basically every single girl that was introduced in this book was catty and rude. Alyssa included. Although other reviewers have brought up the sketchy divorce included in this book, I too have something to say about it; WHAT THE HECK??? Cody is not the problem! Your daughter is!

Luke was probably the nicest character in the book, though I didn't appreciate him calling Mattie annoying, because as much as she had her faults, she was the least catty girl in the whole book. Speaking of Mattie, one of the later scenes in the story was extremely hard to believe. SPOILER: Mattie goes and gossips to the cheerleaders that Alyssa will be dumping Jake soon, which isn't even true. Really? Mattie has been the super dependable best friend this whole time, and she gets a mad over something trivial that Alyssa has done, so she goes and stabs her in the back? It didn't click with me.

However, the book has its redeeming qualities. The main one is that it's  a quick story that you can finish on the busiest of days. (I read it in the span of forty minutes tops on Christmas night.)  As much as the book bugged me, the romance was cute, so I have bumped my rating up half a star.

I probably will not continue with this series. 

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