Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I was looking for a fluffy YA romance on Overdrive and stumbled across Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts. Unfortunately, this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
Title: Resisting the Rebel
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Mandy Pennington is all about school spirit. She dreams of going to the homecoming dance she planned with her crush, Gus. Mandy’s dream is crushed when Gus starts dating her archnemesis. In a moment of desperation, Mandy agrees to fake date the high school bad boy, Caleb. The plan works perfectly, and Gus finally notices Mandy. The only problem is Mandy and Caleb’s fake relationship starts to feel anything but fake.
Review: Anyone who knows me knows that I love fake date books. Fake date books are probably my favorite YA troupes, which is why I wanted to love Resisting the Rebel, but I just didn’t. The beginning of the book was the perfect set up for a fake date book. Mandy and Caleb were different enough to be an unexpected pairing, while their interactions were cute enough for me to root for them. Plus, Caleb had that perfect brooding bad boy thing. He was sensitive and misunderstood in a way that just really worked. However, as the book progressed Mandy’s perky personality wore a little thin, and she became annoying. By the end of the book, I didn’t really care what happened to Mandy. However, that issue would have been fine except I found the character of Gus very problematic. At first, Gus is described as an overly handsy lacrosse player but by the end of the book, he has morphed into a date rapist. There is literally a moment when Gus tells a girl that she will sleep with him after the dance if she likes it or not. That is not okay. It is problematic to the point of a felony and almost ruined the whole book for me. In the end, I did enjoy aspects of this book, but the good barely outweighed the bad.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5