March 12, 2019
Blurb: Adaline Frost’s life officially sucks. Now that her BFF has found true love, Addy is constantly stuck being the third wheel. On top of that, she hasn’t started her junior project yet, so her adviser pairs her up with what could only be described as the “Breakfast Club Reject.” Instead of the weirdo and the troublemaker, Addy is forced to work with two stoners, a popular girl, and her crush, Austin Reed, the jock who broke her heart.
Austin Reed is sick of being labeled “dumb jock.” If he doesn’t get an A on this project, he can kiss his future goodbye. Austin thought he’d gotten lucky being partners with the very nerdy Adaline Frost, but boy was he wrong. Addy jumps down his throat about being late and calls him names on the daily. She has no idea Austin works before and after school in order to help his mom with the bills. Yeah, he’s made mistakes and has had lots of girlfriends, but he doesn’t need Adaline Frost to remind him of it every time he sees her.
Can Austin and Addy ever be a thing?
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
Much like Natalie Decker’s second book in her Offsides series Right Kiss Wrong Guy (reviewed here), her third book, Right Girl Wrong Timing, is a push and pull young adult romance between childhood neighbors and friends Adaline Frost and Austin Reed who lost that friendship in middle school. Adaline although attracted to Austin views him more as the enemy.
For much of the first half the novel seems to plod along, with Austin being the far more interesting character (much like Jared in Right Kiss Wrong Guy) with his family situation, single parent household in which his mother just lost her good job and Austin having to work a couple of part-time jobs. He is being pulled between wanting to be a typical high school student and doing the right thing by his Mom and, of course, spending as much time as he can trying to get Adaline interested in him again.
The constant lack of communication and jumping to conclusions wore on me a bit and that with an abrupt ending, again much like the second book in the series, left me frustrated.
This one is for devoted fans of the Offsides series, readers who like teenage angst, readers who need to escape back to the days of high school and SATs and ACTs, readers who like push-and-pull romances and devotees of enemies to more tropes.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 butterflies
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Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!