by Cole Gibsen
Release Date: 04/28/15
Regan Flay has been talking about you.
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother's "plan" for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she's ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.
Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.
The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend's hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan's going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn't really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she's barely holding it together under her mom's pressure. But the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched...
Especially Regan Flay.
I adored this book. I really did and that's saying something. I initially thought okay, this is one of those books. Girl is popular, says bad things, and is ostracized. Okay, big deal. I was wrong.
I mean the plot is still pretty much popular girl goes down but, the way the characters recovered was very realistic and made the book really easy to read. Regan is a bully but when she becomes the "pariah," her character changes, and it made everything better.
Initially I though Regan would bore me but the way the author wrote her character, by the end I adored her. But even if she wasn't in the story (which would probably be weird but still) and it was all written about Nolan I would be happy, ecstatic even.
Nolan, the guy who doesn't care what anyone else says, with the messy hair, and the sarcastic remarks, man I loved his character.
His character is why I love contemporary YA. *Heavy sigh* He's everything to this story. He is pretty much the center of it and for good reason. Without giving anything away he is pretty crucial to the development of the story. I loved him, and he's mine, okay. :)
Anyway, I am really surprised. I really liked this book. Like really genuinely liked it. I am thrilled, mostly because I enjoyed it but also because I haven't found a book I really truly enjoyed aside from A.G. Howards series, in a while--I was getting a little bit of a hopeless feeling.
So thank you, Gibsen. Thank you for writing this gem of a story, and thanks for creating Nolan.
On a sidenote: Can you make him real? They did it with a woman in Weird Science. If they could do it in the 80's, so can you, right, right?
But seriously guys, read this book, you'll have your doubts but I promise if you stick it through it--it's so worth it. With a realistic portrayal of bullying, and a romance you'll swoon over--it's worth checking out. Definitely going on my favorites for the year list.
About the Author
Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.
It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.
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