"Who gives a damn about
their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone
straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes".
Maysie Ardin is
soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping,
hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in
spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a
second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.
thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan
Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also
happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally
It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.
attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find
themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to
learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order
to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others
dictate her life and her heart?
“It's all yours,” I said, motioning to the bathroom.
Jordan didn't let go of my arms. Instead he pushed me backwards so I had to stumble into the bathroom. He flicked the light on and closed the door behind us. I backed up into the wall and stared at him. I was acutely aware of the fact that we were in a tiny space. Alone. Together.
I knew Jordan was drunk but the intensity in his eyes made my stomach flip over. “What can I do for you, Jordan?” I asked lightly, trying to alleviate some of the crazy tension crackling in the air between us.
Jordan ran his hands over his head and clasped them together behind his neck. His eyes bored into mine. “I can't keep doing this, Maysie.” I coughed to cover my discomfort.
“Can't keep doing what?” I nervously started twirling a strand of hair around my finger.
What did I think about Bad Rep? Umm... not a whole lot really. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to get the just of this book.
I wasn't a huge fan of the dynamics that made up this book. But I did
enjoy the style in which it was written. It was breezy and simply
written. When reading a book - there is nothing worse than having to
spend double the amount of time on it, because you end up having to
'look-up' half the words in front of you :) - Bad Rep was easy to follow
and I appreciate that in a book.
Anyhoo... This book is ALL about Maysie and how SHE feels and what's going on in HER life. She's pretty much just made up of a whole lot of "ME, ME, ME",
and that get's a little annoying. Yes she feels guilt and yes she feels
bad when she says or does something nasty... but in the end it's
because SHE doesn't want other people to not like her and SHE
doesn't want to be called names, even though she doesn't do a thing to
stop it - It's just easier to sit in your dark bedroom and pity
Look... I know what you are probably thinking... we all
go through some form of depression when our lives take a turn for the
worse... but honestly now... Almost every chapter consisted of Maysie
wallowing in misery - stuffing junk down her throat and not showering
It does get a little much at some point and that was a huge deciding factor for me when I decided how to rate this book.
it's not all dark and dreary. There are some good bits in this book...
like 'the part behind the shed at the bands party' OMFG! That was super
hot and I'm taking that into huge consideration here too, because it
seriously made me situp from the slouch I was slowing moving into,
because the book had hit a slump which lasted for some time...but just
as that little piece of heaven hit, I started to pay attention, shot
straight up and grinned :)
I can't really say that much else
changed after that... at least no much to write home about, but I did
like seeing the jealous part of Jordan rear its little head. It was as
if finally something real was happening and I do love protectively jealous boys :)
So anyway... on to the actual yes or no part of my review for Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters:
I believe everyone should read it at some point. We all have those days
when a little cheesy, self-absorbed,
read-about-someone-who's-life-is-apparently-in-shambles, is like a
therapy session. Makes you so glad you are not that 'plastic' - Because
dear Lord, Maysie is practically barbie herself. There is not a single
quality about her that I can say I liked. Maybe her taste for shoes...
but other than that... nada! She spends more than she can afford, she's a
total wimp, She's so insecure it makes you grind your teeth - but
hey... like I said, it's a total veg out book. No thinking involved at
Why you shouldn't read this book? All of the above! lol
seriously... it's not all bad. I did like Jordan to an extent. But He
didn't really fit together well. By this I mean that he's suppose to be a
bad boy with tats and piercing's but he's actually a cheat and a total
wannabe rockstar, who's apparently so romantic every guy in the world
should just take a seat and learn from him.
If I have to read
about how a voice is the nectar of the gods or how song melted panties
one more time - I'm going to burst a vain! Never-mind that old overly
repeated saying of "Our bodies just fit together perfectly, like we were
made for each other"... come on!
Overall it's not half bad, but
it's not an award winner either. Like I said... it's probably a good
book to read while you have a head cold and don't need to be using much
of your brain. Maysie is that simple of a character to understand :)
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