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