Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

This good girl’s about to meet her match… Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—├╝ber-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room… But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

Mia and the Bad Boy was  a perfect summer read.  It was cute, romantic, and so sweet.  It had a dash of the bad boy in it, of course.

I liked both of the characters right off.  Ryder gave the reader an interesting view into what some boy band members may experience when they hit fame.  People want a piece of them, want them to write, play and sing only certain types of songs, and expect a particular persona from them.  Ryder accommodates these demands by playing the bad boy of the boy band, even though, at heart, Ryder longs for other things.  I thought the author did a very good job portraying this, and his inner feelings for what he truly wants.  His vulnerability was very endearing to read.

Mia was a sweet girl, but I liked that she had a little fire in her.  She's able to stand up to Ryder, despite the fact that she is a bit starstruck at first.  That doesn't last long though.  She can give back as good as she gets, and I liked the interplay between the two characters very much.  I thought the protective parent thing was a little over the top.  I had protective parents when I was a teenager, and yet, it didn't cause me to wear little girl nightgowns to bed.  So this part was a tad too much for me, but I overlooked it and was able to just enjoy the story.

I did, however, feel that the ending was a little rushed.  There had been such a big build up to the huge over-parenting issue, and yet I thought the author ignored some opportunities there that might have beefed the story up even more and created some additional conflict.

There were other aspects of the ending that made up for this for me, though.  I thought the writing was pretty fast-paced, the romance cute and sweet, and the story had some great moments with some good themes mixed in.  All in all, a cute story that was very entertaining.
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