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Publisher: Swoon Reads on July 18, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (YA)
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.
So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.
But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
The Hook: Once upon a time, Quinn’s life was happier, easier, and exactly as every child’s should be. But when her friend Wesley opened his big mouth, it was the beginning of the end. Her parents’ marriage fell apart, her relationship with her dad became strained, and everything became that much harder. Fortunately, Wesley’s been gone for years. Unfortunately, he’s back now, seemingly oblivious to the grudge she holds and popping up everywhere when Quinn just wants to see him gone again.
The Verdict: The premise is cute, a hate-to-love story revolving around two high school kids, heavy on the drama but not the angst. And it certainly delivered in that sense. With a bit of a nerdy side and a tendency to hang onto idealistic views of the past, Quinn’s misguided enough to create her own unintended drama. Wesley, on the other hand, is surprisingly understanding, even when Quinn’s being a bit of a brat. Their conflicting views of things make for plenty of cute and funny moments and create quite a lot of drama in Quinn’s mind and heart.
Unfortunately, Quinn’s grudge overshadows most of the fun of the story, and while I still enjoyed it, I spent more time wondering when Quinn was going to act her age. She blames Wesley for her parents’ divorce, foolishly believing that if he hadn’t spilled the beans about her father losing his job, they’d somehow still be together. I find it difficult to believe that a girl as smart as Quinn wouldn’t realize that one mistake like that doesn’t lead to the end of a marriage. And with revenge constantly filling her thoughts, Quinn comes across as petty and vindictive — more than is really called for to further the plot. On the bright side, Wesley is pretty understanding and kind to her, even when she’s combative, and he doesn’t seem to hold her strange moods and behavior against her.
That’s not to say I didn’t like the book; it had plenty that made it a really fun read. I just wish Quinn’s determination to blame Wesley for something that couldn’t possibly have been his fault hadn’t overwhelmed the character development and lighter moments.
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