Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.
Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 342
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

I seriously loved loved loved this book. One thing I definitely need to warn younger readers about is that some parts of sexy time are more described than in other YA books. So that makes this a book for older YA readers.

The whole plot line was very unique and really caught my attention right from the start. I mean having it be Derek’s point of view right away definitely helped too… He was one HOT love interest. But what’s a great story without one, right? And Derek Fitzpatrick is definitely overqualified for that position. Not only is he hot but he’s funny, sweet and has a chill personality which is always nice. He does have the usual player type of vibe, but he has his own twist on it.

Plus the fact that Derek and the main girl, Ashtyn (loved the unique name), are technically family now, definitely set the book apart from anything else I’d ever read before. It’s not that they were brother and sister, it was that she was his step aunt. Situations pertaining to that fact in the story made me laugh at times.

Another unique aspect of the book is that the main girl is captain of her school's football team. Ever heard a book where the main girl is the football store? Me neither.

Simone Elkeles definitely make you wait for a long time before you get any couple action. It for sure wasn’t insta-love, which kept me on edge. This book also, like I said, had me laughing. And those are just the main reasons I loved this story, but there are so many more. I’d highly recommend this book if you also like a strong and independent girl with a unique situation and want to read a fun contemporary plot! Two thumbs up!

This book is in stores now!
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Happy reading! Amanda, age 17

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