I am a big fun of Lisa Brown Roberts books, and I can proudly say that I read all of them. Unfortunately, “Resisting the Rebel” is not her best story, but it is very likable. The plot is simple and it has a bit overused topic of fake boyfriend / girlfriend. Since Brown Roberts is magnificent storyteller and writer she made a good story with very interesting characters, although she used a worn topic.
The main character is Mandy Pennington, a girl who does not have the best situation at home, but she sees only good in people. She has some learning disabilities so that she does not see all the good abilities and skills that she possesses. The most interesting thing about her is that she adores 1970s and disco dancing. The mentioned obsession makes her a goofy and very likable character.
Caleb Torrs is school rebel. Well I would not call him a rebel, he is more of a loner. He also has family issues of his own, but he is a very smart and caring guy, although he does not seems that way at the beginning. He is Mandy’s total opposite, but since opposites attract they are destined to come together.
What I like a lot about Lisa Brown Roberts writing is that her stories deal with some serious issues but still the tone of the stories is not depressing. She manages to do a great balance by incorporating serious issues into a happy story. Furthermore her stories are always full of very interesting secondary characters, and this one is not an exception.
Before I wrap ups this review I need to point out that I found some inconsistencies in the story, and that they diminished my enjoyment of reading. Well not so much that I can say that the story is not bad or not worth reader time. On the contrary it is nice and it should be read.
I recommend this story, and the other three stories by Lisa Brown Roberts, to readers who enjoy contemporary YA romance novels.
About the Story
Mandy Pennington likes Gus, but Gus does not pay any attention to her. Caleb Torrs has an ex-girlfriend who is stalking her. So he proposes to Mandy to fake the relationship in order for her to get Gus and in order for him to get rid of the stalking ex-girlfriend. But they did not count on love.
Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing.
Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?
Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend. She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back. It’s a win-win.
But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…