Sunday, 3 January 2016

Review: Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.

Expected publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled: Crush 
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The synopsis does a really good job of describing what this book is about. Basically, Hazel discovers her boyfriend and her best friend in a situation that is a little more than friendly and her perfectly planned life falls apart. Help comes from an unlikely source in the form of her (ex) best friends brother Felix, and a revenge plan is made.

Told from both Felix and Hazel's point of view, this story is one that can easily be finished quickly. I found myself enjoying Felix and getting inside his head. What can I say? I'm a sucker for the bad boy who isn't really so bad but maybe just misunderstood. The unusual friendship between the two was a real joy to read.

The revenge plan, in my opinion, was a little juvenile and predictable but I had to remind myself that the characters were teenagers. When I was that age it may have made perfect sense. I would also have liked a little bit more of a resolution with the (ex) best friend.  The story focused more on the budding relationship between Hazel and Felix and a little less on the best friend/sister.

I think that young people will really enjoy this book. The story is cute and younger readers will be sure to  like Felix. This story is perfect when you are looking for something that doesn't require a lot of thought and you are looking for something cutesy. This is the second book by Kling for me and it won't be the last.

About the Author
Heidi R. Kling writes about normal girls in fantastic situations. PAINT MY BODY RED, a romantic thriller about a girl fleeing secrets from home launched November 2 with EntangledTeen, followed by several more novels on various Entangled imprints. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, but has been writing books, plays and screenplays since she could practically hold a pencil.

Her first novel, SEA (Putnam), was a Gateway Readers Award Finalist & Northern California Book of the Year nominee, was a Summer 2010 Indie Next Pick and a Goodreads "Mover and Shaker".

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