I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Gutter Girl by Lynn Rush, Kelly Anne Blount
Series: Twin River High #1
Published by Entangled Publishing LLC (Teen) on May 10, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Star football player Jace Rovers has a secret. And not just any secret—a shocking secret… He writes romance. The kind with swords. And dresses. And kissing.
Nobody knows. Not the other kids at Twin River High. Not his overbearing parents. And certainly not the millions of fans who’ve read his book on the writing platform Scribbles. And that’s the way he plans to keep it.
Except suddenly one of the other football players grabs his notebook in jest and starts reading a kissing scene out loud…and Jace knows he’s busted.
But then McKenna Storm, resident goth girl who avoids the spotlight like a virus, snatches up the notebook and tells everyone she’s the author. And lucky for Jace, she later agrees to continue the ruse…for a price.
Heck, he’d give her anything not to reveal his secret. But when they start to fall for each other, he knows he’ll have to keep the biggest secret of all—his darkest character is based on her…
So I’ve read one other book by these authors, In the Penalty Box, and I really enjoyed it! So I was worried I wouldn’t have time to fit this one in when the blog tour was announced. Fortunately I was able to and so let me tell you how much I liked this one.
I liked the idea about how the popular football player was writing a romance story. But it was more than just a romance. It also was a fantasy, with swords and all the interesting storylines that can go with that. Scribbles was basically a site like Wattpad, and I loved how all the students were reading Jace’s story, and didn’t know it was him. I liked that it was more than just him being worried about how kids at school would treat him if they knew. That he had a father he was unsure how he would react.
McKenna had a home life that was really stressful for her, and it totally made sense how she had changed and withdrawn into herself. And it was easy to see why she also wanted to keep to herself and not let the people at school know what she dealt with at home. Especially when it was so obvious how easily they would tease other kids for just little things.
I really did enjoy the book and the story and all that went along with it. I loved Jace’s little sister, she was adorable! I wish that maybe we’d gotten a bit more with how his dad reacted to him with his writing, as well as maybe some more with McKenna’s mom. And some of the romantic, lovey-dovey, or even just the scenes where it showed their attraction to each other were a little awkward in a way for me. But maybe that’s just how it is for teenagers. But those bits made me put it at 4.5 stars as my blog rating.
However, I liked the tidbits and details we got for at least one of the characters in the next book, and I look forward to hopefully reading that too!
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About the Authors:
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Lynn Rush, is a full-time writer, wife, and trail runner living in the Sonoran Desert, despite her fear of rattle snakes. Known as #TheRunningWriter, Lynn can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop a scorpion.
When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies that fuel her everlasting love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural. The books she reads usually carry the same theme, but this former college athlete loves reading sweet sports romances as well. She’s madly in love with her Ironman husband of 20+ years who is the inspiration for what true love is. You can find her on social media as @LynnRushWrites
KELLY ANNE BLOUNT is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, snuggling her five furry rescues, or having an adventure with her handsome husband and their darling daughter. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.