Friday, April 29, 2016

He Loves Me Not by Tiereny Fowler

He Loves Me Not by Tiereny Fowler
Release: April 20, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Young Adult
Standalone Book

In the game of love, everyone roots for the underdog. You know, that girl-next-door type who wears glasses and has a shy smile and who falls for the most popular boy in school…she’s the hero of every story. And when the shy girl takes off her glasses and the quarterback kisses her and the crowd roars and the movie fades to black, people sit back and are satisfied.

But what about the cheerleader? The one he dumps at the fifty-yard line and the one who runs off the field humiliated and sobbing? What about her feelings? What about her?

He Loves Me Not tells the story of what happens after the cheerleader is denied her fairy tale ending. Maggie's life was perfect--she had perfect friends, perfect parents, and a perfect boyfriend. But when she's abruptly dumped in front of the entire county by that perfect boyfriend, her life falls apart. With her clique, her friends, and her social standing obliterated, Maggie is resigned to a lonely, humiliating senior year of high school. least until she meets AJ Abbott, a musician who breaks every rule her mother ever taught her. He has no college degree. He wants to be a rockstar. He wears entirely too much black and leather.

But despite their differences, Maggie is slowly drawn into AJ's rock and roll lifestyle, and she'll be forced to choose which is more important--clinging to her nonexistent popularity or learning that maybe there's more to her than her beauty queen tiaras and cheerleader pom-poms.


Oh high really do stink sometimes! This book transported me right back to high school (the good and the bad parts)! Fowler's descriptions of young love's first heartbreak and the feeling you got when the cute, older boy looked your way was pretty darn perfect. Overall, I really liked this book. I'm not sure it's appropriate for actual high schoolers (see The Bad below) but as an adult reader who has some years on her, this was a fun read.

The Good

  • I like how Maggie stuck to her guns throughout the book. Even though she felt out of place wearing pink to a club in NYC she knew who she was and what she liked and she stuck to it. Even the popular girls feel awkward sometimes!
  • Oh man, can I order me up an AJ? What a sweet, sweet guy. He was so down to earth and so very lovely that I found myself falling in love with him the moment he stepped on the page.
  • The internal monologue by Maggie was hilarious!
The Bad
  • Is this what high school is like for some people? Parties with beer at your parent’s beach house? No supervision and a maid to clean up everything in the morning? The party aspect of this book made my skin crawl. I think there was too much freedom for these high schoolers! I cringe to think of the young reader to devours this book and then feels like they need to go get some friends who drink beer and run into the ocean half-naked in only their underwear.
The Unique
  • It was refreshing to read a YA book from the “popular” gals point of view. The geek choir girl in me cheered when Maggie has her initial falling out with her perfect boyfriend but at the end I was right there with Maggie...cheering for her HEA and wanting to explore her an AJ’s relationship more. It’s hard for me to like the perfect, beauty-queen, cheerleader characters and Ms. Fowler not only made me like Maggie, she made me want to be friends with her.
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About Tiereny Fowler

The long lost Wakefield twin. Blair's head minion. The BSC party planner. The original Pink Ranger. Stephanie Tanner's BFF.
In addition to crafting young adult and new adult novels, Tierney Fowler works as an IT consultant by day and a style blogger by night. She resides in Northern Virginia near four shopping malls, counts leopard as her favorite color, and once shot a reality TV show pilot...that never went anywhere.
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