It's a love story, for sure, but more is working behind the scenes. Alex and Brittany can't quite figure each other out. Is Alex really involved with gangs and violence like his reputation suggests? Is Brittany as perfect as she seems? Simone Elkeles deftly avoids romantic cliche in their love story, which is firey and exciting. I read this book in one sitting, knowing the two would probably get together but really needing to know how.
You'll totally have a crush on bad boy Alex.
Here's a scene very close to the beginning of the book:
"Next time, watch where you're goin'," he says, his voice cool and controlled.
He's tyring to bully me. He's a pro at this. I won't let him get to me and win his little game of intimidation, even if my stomach feels like I'm doing one hundred cartwheels in a row. I square my shoulders and sneer at him, the same sneer I use to push people away. "Thanks for the tip."
"If you ever need a real man to teach you how to drive, I can give you lessons."
Catcalls and whistles from his buddies set my blood boiling.
"If you were a real man, you'd open the door for me instead of blocking my way," I say, admiring my own comeback even as my knees threaten to buckle.
Alex steps back, pulls the door open, and bows like he's my butler.
Flipping through this book again I remember that it has some racy scenes and language. I kind of forgot about this because I remember this book having depth, as well. Alex and Brittany are fully-realized characters with secret personal lives, but there's also this spicy romance developing between them. Maybe I want to keep this book for a re-read....
Nope, I'm giving it away. Just leave your name and e-mail and a comment if you wish, I'll randomly choose a winner in two weeks!