By: Heidi R. Kling
Published: January 11, 2016 by Entangled: Crush
Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher
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Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...MY REVIEW:
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.
A perfectly cheesy, complete with a happy ending, made most definitely with teenagers in mind, story. Seriously, this was probably the most "young adult", YA book I've read in a long time. The dialogue and the emotions were very much equivalent to the 17 year olds in this book which made it all very believable. Often times the teens in young adult books act and speak way more mature than I think real life teenagers tend to do. But the true teenage behavior wasn't a turn off. It was funny, and witty, and I enjoyed it!
Told from alternating POV's between Hazel and Felix, the story is about a girl blindsided from her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. In an effort to seek revenge, the brother of her best friend gives her the idea to make the boyfriend jealous and he offers himself up as the guy to help bring about this jealousy. The two guys couldn't be more different. (ex)Boyfriend Jay is a polo wearing, tennis playing, cute prep boy and brother Felix is a care-free, gorgeous, surfer, well known among females "player".
But you can guess what happens. What starts out as a plan for revenge, turns into deeper feelings between Felix and Hazel.
I had a few irritations...nothing major, but worthy of listing since I made note of them while reading. One pet peeve of mine is to read the same phrase being said or thought by a character multiple times in a book. Felix is mentioned as thinking in inner dialogue, "but I digress" no less than 4 times, possibly more but I didn't highlight every time. This created serious eye roll from me after the first two times it's mentioned.
Second pet peeve of mine in a book is a major detail changing, for instance, of how someone looks as if the author forgot what they already wrote earlier about a character's appearance. Felix is mentioned more than 3 times as having brown eyes, however one spot in the story there's a moment where he's mentioned as having green eyes. Wrong! The details of someone's eye color randomly changing (by the same girl no-less who is clearly seeing the same set of eyes up close and personal) is an irritation that I can't just "overlook".
My first time reading from Kline was Paint My Body Red in November 2015. I was blown away by that story. LOVED it! Though this story didn't quite live up to my first experience of reading from her, it was still a super fast, easy read that was enjoyable.
Kissing Felix was like succumbing to a sexy vampire who lurks above your bed in the middle of the night, beckoning with his inescapable glamor. Or Heathcliff on the cliffs above the moors.
How I managed to propel myself away from Felix James when everything in my body was fighting to stay right there in his orbit - when all I wanted to do was stay - was exactly what he'd reminded me: how to live.
"Grief is the price we pay for love"...
Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars