Monday 23 December 2013

Review: Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles

13065327Title: Wild Cards
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Pages: 342
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Series: Wilds Cards #1
Where I Got It: Chapters

Synopsis: After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Simone Elkeles
Simone ElkelesSimone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year. 

Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where she still lives today. Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (She also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books.) Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.


I read this book on October 12th 2013.

Simone Elkeles writes a book about secrets, care and love.
I have many emotions about this book. I know that Simone Elkeles made a "show" on the book (it was actually a prequel to the book) but I didn't watch it. I thought that it was personally stupid to make a show and also, I didn't want to ruin my image of the characters. But, the book was written very well and it had good character development. I still had trouble imagining them because it didn't describe them overly because they often just said "she looked sexy" or "he looked like a thug." It focused so much on the characters Ashtyn and Derek that sometimes it felt as if there was no one else int he book, but it isn't one of those books with no characters but the two main ones.
It was a sweet book and Derek was nice and my usual favourite bad boy type but I didn't fall head over heels. He isn't swoon-worthy honestly, for myself. Ashtyn one the other hand reminded me of myself in some ways and in other ways she was completely the oppsoite. It was just difficult to actually figure out who Ashtyn was.
But, even though I gave the book 2 stars, it was still really sweet and I wanted to jump up and down at some of the stuff Derek did for Ashtyn.
Now, I'm just asking, but did anyone else find it weird that Ashtyn was Derek's step-aunt?
I recommend this book for readers who enjoy a chick-lit contemporary romance. Like, if you like contemporary romance, go buy this book now. It is definitely worth the read if you like romance.

Ages: 15+
Grades: 10 and up

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