Mon, September 16, 2013

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles Review

Wild Cards book cover

Wild Cards book cover

Wild Cards
By Simone Elkeles
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2013
Walker Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

— Goodreads.com description

If I want something sweet, I read Sarah Dessen. If I want something more cerebral, I read John Green. And when I want something steamy, who else to turn to but Simone Elkeles?

Wild Cards is the quintessential Elkeles book: Two messed up teens find one another, struggle through a serious case of “I hate you but I love you”-itis, and make out like whoa.

I actually really hate a lot of new adults books that sound similar in theory, but I think part of the reason I like it when I read a Simone Elkeles book is that a) it’s well done and b) I know what I’m getting into when I start the book.

Anyone else know what I mean? There is something to be said about an extremely reliable author. Like, if you say, “Hey, Anna, what did you think about Wild Cards?” I’d be like: “It was exactly what I thought it would be.” Was it life-changing? Nope. But it was entertaining. There’s something lovely about getting what you expected out of a book when you picked it up.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: romance, simone elkeles
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  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Unfortunately I think I got a little less than what I was expecting with this one 🙁

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    Anna Reply:

    Ahh I know what you mean. It wasn’t my favorite — I just think I happened to read it when I was in JUST the right mood!

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  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    I know exactly what you mean, Ann! I never go into a novel by Simone Elkeles expecting a life-changing experience or one that will leave me pondering the nature of life for hours afterward, but I think there’s certainly something to be said for consistency, and Elkeles has definitely crafted a niche in the market that few are able to fill in the same way. I was a big fan of her Perfect Chemistry series, despite the fact that the later novels began to seem a little repetitive in themes and character types. Unfortunately, I’ve heard less-than-positive things about this particular novel, but I have a feeling my curiosity will get the better of me and I’ll end up reading it anyway. A little romance and a lot of steam never hurt anyone, right? 😉

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    Anna Reply:

    Right! Like, it was probably 3 stars for me, but also like I was saying “It is what it is.” I didn’t expect to be blown away, but I got exactly what I was in the mood for, and I think that can be a good thing!

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  3. brianna said:

    This sounds like the perfect book to read when you’re not sure what to read, but don’t want to re-read an old favorite, either.

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  4. Miranda @ Tempest Books said:

    This one has been in my (virtual) TBR pile forever! This is just another good review that makes me want to read this book. I’ve never read anything by this author before, though.

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  5. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    YES! I know that when I’m craving some steam – Simone is my GO TO.

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  6. estelle said:

    Agree. This one could have been better for sure, but I totally enjoyed it for what it was! Steamy and I loved that grandma.

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