Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review: Falling For the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Falling For the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz
Release Date: October 12, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together...but love just might find a way.

I love these types of stories that play on the forbidden love angle.  Forbidden love is exciting and intoxicating, and the author has created a very unique situation here to play out a forbidden love story. The big betrayal is revealed almost immediately in the story, and I felt immediately drawn to Drew because of it.

Drew was my favorite character because I felt he had the most emotional connection with me, and he really brought me into his hurt and anxiety.  This is a guy who was scarred and horribly burned during "the big betrayal", and to me, it wasn't even a betrayal.  People were placing blame where it didn't belong, and the saddest thing about it was that Drew welcomed the blame.  He feels they're all right about him, that he deserves this, and that somehow he doesn't deserve any happiness he manages to get. With this in mind, he keeps his growing attraction and relationship with Ruby a secret from everyone.  It was so sad to watch a character go through such self-torment.

With Ruby, I felt a deep connection to her as well because she's the only one willing to give Drew a chance, to look at the betrayal from the right angle, and to try to pull him out of himself. She does this at the risk of alienating her own brother, because she understands he's wrong.  Her dad has also been burned and physically hurt in another accident, and she has watched what it has done to him, what it continues to do to him, and could do to Drew's future.

The things she does to try to show Drew how she accepts and cares for him made me love her as a character.  Both characters were special and sympathetic, and I loved them both.  The author did a fantastic job with some very sensitive issues.  When I first read the premise and read how they get thrown together for a school project, I thought this was going to be a little cliche, but the author surprised me.  That just kicks things off and is never really mentioned again, which I loved!  Made it unique. And the relationship moved along at a steady pace.  I thought this was a very good read that was surprising, deep, and sweet.
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