Title: Gutter Girl
Authors: Lynn Rush & Kelly A. Blount
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
Star football player Jace Rovers has a secret. And not just any secret—a shocking secret… He writes romance. The kind with swords. And dresses. And kissing. And nobody knows. Except suddenly one of the other football players grabs his notebook in jest and starts reading a kissing scene out loud…and Jace knows he’s busted.
But then McKenna Storm, resident goth girl who avoids the spotlight like a virus, snatches up the notebook and tells everyone she’s the author. Heck, he’d give her anything not to reveal his secret. But when they start to fall for each other, he knows he’ll have to keep the biggest secret of all—his darkest character is based on her…
Full synopsis here.
I am not going to lie by saying that this book was super unpredictable and kept me on the edge, because the end is pretty predictable, because it’s a high school romance book, so we all know the ending. (duh) But what’s unique about this book, is how it tackles new characters, and breaks all sorts of stereotypes! This book cannot really be sorted into a trope like bad girl and nerdy girl, or even footballer and introverted shy girl. The characters are what caught my heart!
The authors have done a wonderful job of establishing a connection between the characters and the readers, within the first few chapters. And I was absolutely rooting for them by the end!
This book is written in dual pov, and we all LOVE that. We follow McKenna Storm, resident goth girl who avoids the spotlight like a virus. But interestingly she is not introverted, or nerdy, or shy. She just is! She has bright pink hair and multiple piercings! You see how they broke the stereotype right there? And of course the charming Jace Rovers, who is a footballer, yes. But he is not a jerk, or a “bad boy.” In fact, I had say that he was an incredibly relatable character for me! Fighting to live his dream, struggling to meet his father’s expectations, and just sorting out love and trying to get it all together, so he can brave “society.”
I absolutely adored both of them! The story takes place in Twin River High, and there are more books in this series, but they follow other characters, so they work as stand alones just fine.
Written in really easy flowing language, I breezed through it in a day. If you are looking for a light read, with a little bit of romance, and lots of reference to pop culture, sarcastic characters, and really savage comebacks, and of course cutesy “special” names, go for it! I for one, am definitely looking forward to reading the next book. Yep! I got the ARC;)
*Thank you to the publisher, the authors and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc of the book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*