Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ashley Stoyanoff's Review: Crushing on the Enemy by Sarah Adams

Crushing on the Enemy by Sarah Adams

Title: Crushing on the Enemy
Author: Sarah Adams
Number of Pages: 148
Publication Info: Sarah Adams (May 2013)
Genre: Young AdultRomance
Shelf: Books I Bought
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads: Here
Purchase: Here

Summary from GoodReads:
Alyssa begins her senior year living the life that most teenage girls dream of. She's surrounded by friends, she's captain of the cheer squad, and her crush has just asked her out. Things at home are a little wonky, but isn't that true for everyone?

Alyssa's illusions of happiness are very quickly busted when the people she thought were her friends turn on her. She's unsure of how she's going to manage to survive the rest of her senior year, until she finds two unlikely allies. A long forgotten best friend from middle school and the quarterback from the rival school's football team, but Alyssa's problems are a long way from being solved.

She still has to keep her grades up, put her with overbearing step-father, and deal with being branded a traitor for dating a guy from another school.

Jake's father is a jaded man and he has constantly warned his son not to date until after high school. More than a warning, he's made it a rule that he forces his son to live by.

“Son, if you want to make it to college, you'll listen to me,” his father has said again and again.

Jake manages to follow his fathers rules until he meets a pretty cheerleader from the rival school crying in the parking lot after a football game. After that all bets are off. Alyssa instantly steals his heart, but will his high school football career survive their relationship? If he doesn't stay focused he'll lose out on the only chance he has of going to college: obtaining a football scholarship.

Will their young love be able to survive the storm of teen drama and school spirit called senior year?

My Review:

Crushing on the Enemy was a cute story of a nice girl meeting a sweet boy.  Typically this is exactly the kind of book that I love.  Sweet love story, with sweet characters.  Unfortunately, some parts just fell flat for me.

Alyssa meets Jake at the end of a football game.  She’s the head cheerleader; he’s on the rival team.  At first, Alyssa wants nothing to do with him.  She couldn’t possibly be interested in the enemy, could she?  But when Jake keeps popping up, Alyssa’s resolve falters, and soon enough,they start dating.

Marked as a traitor, Alyssa struggles to find her new place at school, and her awful step-fatherdoesn’t make life easier.  But Alyssa is not the only one struggling.  Jake’s father is no peach either.  Can Alyssa and Jake’s budding love survive their parents and the drama of senior year?  You’ll have to read Crushing on the Enemy to find out.

Okay, like I said at the start, Alyssa is a nice girl.  She has an overabundance of school spirit.  She keeps her grades up, and she has an overall positive outlook on life.  And Jake, well, he really is a sweet guy.  They really were a cute couple.  Their overall characters could used a bit more substance, but as it is, I did get a good feeling for them, and by the last page, I was somewhat invested in how their lives would end up.

I guess my main issue with this book was the conflict.  The issues Alyssa and Jake went through were realistic and had potential; it was just that everything was solved so easily, and it was the solving part that didn’t feel real to me.  Everything was just very predictable and too easy to fix.

Overall, this was an okay read.  It was quick, cute, had likeable characters, but unfortunately, itdidn’t make it to my ‘Need to Re-read Shelf’.

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