I’m currently reading Get Lucky: A YA Anthology by various authors (including two of my favorites, Ginger Scott, Cassie Mae, and Kelly Oram!), The Hard Count by Ginger Scott, and These Things About Us by Laura Beege.
So far I’ve only read the first story in this anthology, and it was really good. The first story centers on MacKenzie, or Mac as her friends call her. Mac doesn’t have a happy home life, but is blessed with a great surrogate family because of her friendship with Emma and Jesse, Emma’s attractive, but unattainable older brother. Mac is something of a tennis fiend and is well renowned in their area, as is Jesse.
Mac’s mom is a homewrecker. She likes to keep up appearances though so she always acts like she loves Mac so much, but Mac knows it’s just an act. Her mom is on to what is soon to be husband number five. . . who is still waiting for his divorce to finalize.
Mac has always had feelings for Jesse, but because she doesn’t want to mess up her relationship with the rest of his family should he not return her feelings, or if something went wrong, she’s been hiding them. One night she sneaks away with from a party Jesse has thrown to attend a party that for a rival school that has been thrown by the daughter of her mother’s newest conquest. Things at the party go awry when the cops are called, and Jesse ends up coming to get Mac, at which point feelings are shared.
I really liked this first story, and I hope that I like the others just as much! I have really high hopes for the Ginger Scott, Cassie Mae, and Kelly Oram stories!
I haven’t gotten past the first chapter of The Hard Count yet, but I plan to remedy that soon. In the first chapter, we meet Nico, who at this point is ten. Nico lives in the rough part of town. His brother joined a gang in order to gain protection for their family after shots were fired through their living room window into a wall. Nico’s best friend moves away, and isn’t allowed to come visit him on the weeks when Nico is unable to visit. His mom wants to move away, too, but he doesn’t want to go; he would rather stay in the place that he loves, even though the environment is dangerous. Nico is being approached by the man that recruited his brother, but Nico doesn’t want any part of it.
So far, this book reminds me of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, but I’m sure it won’t for long. I’m excited to get to read more of this book!
I received These Things About Us from the author in exchange from an honest review. I honestly feel like a huge butt that it has taken me this long to get around to reading it.
I’m over half way into the story and I still don’t like the love interest, Trace, and I’m not sure how I’m going to end up liking him, because so far he seems like a bipolar, poop canoe.
This story is about Antonia ‘Tony,’ searching for her mother in London. She’s tried to reinvent herself from the person she used to be, but it doesn’t seem to be sticking. One night, she stumbles upon a pub that thankfully has a phone book and pay phone. The bartender, Alex, takes mercy on her and providers her with food and drink on the house while she waits for the phone to free up. The other bartender, Trace, looks at her, gags, and leaves. With her feelings bruised, she ends up at the payphone trying to contact her mother, but none of the numbers she calls belong to her mother, or the person at that number doesn’t answer the phone. In poor spirits, she goes back to her food preparing to leave and find a place to stay, when conveniently enough another man, Wes, makes an appearance, and after some talking he is able to procure a room for her as long as she’ll work in the pub.
Trace and Wes are brothers and they couldn’t be more different. Where Wes is friendly and calm, Trace is antisocial and has a short fuse. Tony cannot stand Trace or his string of loud, sexual partners that keep her up all night with their screaming. The longer she searches unsuccessfully for her mother, the closer she gets to Wes, and the more drawn she is to Trace. She starts to uncover some humanity in Trace, and she recognizes things in him that she also sees in herself.
So far, the book is okay. This isn’t my favorite book of all time, and like I said before, I’m not sure what could possible happen in the next eighty pages that might endear Trace to me, but we’ll see. I feel bad for Tony; her mom abandoned her, and her dad is just a real piece of work. Tony is trying to leave her past behind her, but it isn’t working out the way she wanted. She wants to be viewed as the quintessential “good girl” and always feels uneasy when she has to wear or do anything that doesn’t perfectly fit that mold.
Here’s hoping that Trace actually is redeemable! I don’t want to do that thing where I fall for the jerk, even if this is just fiction.