Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 290 Pages
They’re burnouts – a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else.
He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust.
This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The first half of this book was like a trip down memory lane, filled with nostalgia and memories from my own school years. It was pretty much what I expected the book to be. The second half was more like a strobe light. Every blink of the light brought you further and further into the future. And oh boy does it come with some crazy surprises, some heartbreaking moments, and occasional happy tears. (Goodness gracious Ben sure knows how to make Carrie cry with his sweetness.)
Carrie is probably one of the most relatable characters, not that they all aren’t. She’s like a lot of teenagers, just trying to find her way and figure out who she is while trying to keep her friends happy and have fun. Though growing up is never easy and she has more than her share of heartbreaks from family, friends, and guys, but there’s always one rock who’s always there for her to cling to, even when he isn’t physically there…Ben.
“Where was the book with ideas on how not to fall in love with a guy whose girlfriend wears a promise ring…and calls you a whore?”
Ben is Carrie’s geeky next door neighbor who’s always had a crush on her. After one night, right before high school, when he kissed her it had changed things and their friendship grew apart. She hung out with the burnouts, even though she wasn’t technically one. He hung out with the geeks and started dating a Jesus freak, Joelle, who hated Carrie. He’s smart and brave and knows exactly what he wants in life, problem is that sometimes what you thought was important doesn’t always seem so later and priorities change.
“I won’t tell your mom…” he paused to build up courage, “If you’ll kiss me.”
The rollercoaster of Carrie and Ben’s relationship was as hectic and emotional as life itself. I don’t want to give anything way so all I can say is… Everyone deserves a Ben!
There are many other loveable characters like MG and Steve, whom I hope to read more about in the upcoming sequel Popstars, Friends and Lovers. If you’re up for a trip down memory lane (well back to the 80’s) then I’d suggest you grab this one.
My Favorite Quote: “MG, did you lick his Twinkie?”
My Favorite Moment: A camping trip and the sauce incident on the way there that had him telling her he lied.
“They were way into his fantasy land now.”
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