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Publisher: Swoon Romance on August 26, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (YA)
Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.
At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.
At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out?
Let’s go with brutal honesty… I pretty much hated this one. I thought the rivalry conflict was a cute idea, and while I expected it to be a little over-the-top, I didn’t expect it to be laughably unbelievable.
High school kids aren’t exactly known for maturity, but these kids act like their competing sports teams are opposing armies in a holy war, and the single-minded vitriol to which they subject each other is just irritating. I understand sports rivalries and the juvenile mindset of the high school kids, but instead of being a cute basis for conflict, it’s simply absurd. Skylar’s boyfriend of two years dumps her because he refuses to date someone from a rival school. Every single friend and acquaintance she has from before moving un-friends her on Facebook a few days after she moves — all of them. Her best friend since kindergarten says she can’t talk to her anymore. All because she’s switching schools. And I’m assuming because high school students have the cognizant abilities of amoeba?
Caleb, who we’re somehow supposed to believe is a plausible love interest, is a grade-A douche. The second he meets Skylar, he’s hateful toward her. He doesn’t resent her for her mom’s relationship with his uncle or for moving in with them. He simply hates her because she used to attend the other high school. Never mind that the whole moving thing is completely out of her hands. That won’t get in the way of his cruelty. And then later in the book, when he sees her laughing with someone, he wonders why she’s such a b**** to him. Really???
The adults in the book are about as observant as corpses. Skylar is mercilessly picked on from the second she steps into the school, with other students calling her names, throwing things at her throughout every class, trying to dump drinks on her, and actually chasing her through the school until she hides for the rest of the day in a closet. Oh, and then there was the girl that gave her a black eye and busted lip. Of course, none of the teachers notice anything’s amiss. And the principal blames her for causing trouble. And her mother grounds her. In this world, it seems that everyone over the age of 25 wears earplugs and blinders, and there’s a good chance they’ve all undergone lobotomies.
I should have just stopped reading when I saw that whoever masqueraded as an editor for the book doesn’t know the difference between scrap and scrape. I would have assumed it was a typo, but then it was repeated and repeated and repeated. But it would seem that the characters’ stupidity is contagious, and I was infected enough to keep it up for a few more chapters. Skylar vandalizes some things and goes for nut-punches every time a male crosses her, Caleb decides she can help his team get the edge on their rivals by spilling all the other team’s secrets, Skyar continues to go unnoticed as his housemate for a while using the super-advanced and ingenious disguise of a baseball cap, and probably sometime after I stopped reading, they fell in love and lived stupidly ever after. One can only hope they didn’t breed.