Book – Bad Publicity
Author – Sara Schoen & Taylor Henderson
Publication Date –2015
Genre –Young Adult/Step Romance
Type – Stand Alone
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jade Phillips wasn’t what everyone wanted her to be. She was supposed to be an honor roll student, polite, and most of all, well-behaved. Instead she has a juvie rap sheet as long as her arm, a liver that has handled more alcohol than most Irish men, and a partying habit that keeps her hungover on weekdays, and she doesn’t care. She wasn’t going to change for anyone, or so she thought.
Her father is remarrying, and the family dynamic isn’t the only thing he wants to change; he wants Jade to change. His future wife, the senator of Virginia, is running for re-election and she cannot afford to have Jade’s unruly behavior ruin her reputation. That means no more drugs, alcohol, partying, and most of all, no more arrests.
If Jade is unable to clean up her act, then she will be forced to go and live with her overzealous grandmother in the middle of nowhere. Forcing her to leave her friends, and her life behind.
Now Jade has to make a decision. Will she change for the better or will she suffer the consequences?
After all, no one has ever been hurt by a little bad publicity.
My Thoughts - Story
Wow…this was the last thing I expected when I agreed to review this book for my buddies!
All the other books I have read from Ms Schoen and Ms Henderson have been thrillers, mind fucks and horror. So, you can understand when I started reading and realized that it was a “step” family romance with a bit of rebellion.
Jade was a hard character to connect with because of her bitchiness and aloofness. I think it was probably around 60% in when she finally let Damien fully into her heart and also realized that her past transgressions have come back full circle to haunt her, that I was finally able to understand her.
I loved the antics Brooke and Jade got into and found myself laughing it up at their little ‘naked’ escapades.
I do have to add here that these authors are showing more growth in their writing abilities and story telling!
Kudos, ladies! ♥
Jade is a bitch…she is a hurt teen who only wants her mom back and her dad to pay attention to her. So, she lashes out by being a rebel and getting into trouble constantly. It isn’t until she meets her future step brother, that she suddenly realizes that there is more to life than lashing out against the adults in her life.
Read about Jade finally falling in love, getting over past hurts and growing up!
Reason for Reading – Author Request
Story – 4 out of 5 Stars
Steam – 3.5 out of Stars
Angst – 4 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 4 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 4 out of 5 Stars
Told In – Single POV (Jade)
HEA (Spoiler) – [spoiler]Yes[/spoiler]
Would Read More from Author? Yes
Recommend To – Anyone who likes a story of reaching adulthood