Featured Review: Gutter Girl (Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush)

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About This Book:

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.

Nobody knows. Not the other kids at Twin River High. Not his overbearing parents. And certainly not the millions of fans who’ve read his book on the writing platform Scribbles. And that’s the way he plans to keep it.

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. And lucky for Jace, she later agrees to continue the ruse...for a price.

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…

 

 

*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer*

GUTTER GIRL is a unique YA contemporary romance that follows two main characters, Jace and McKenna. McKenna is an outcast by choice. After her father abandoned her, leaving McKenna to hold her mother and life together, McKenna put up walls in the form of her bubble that she won't let anyone but her BFF Ernie through. When she accidentally collides with Jace, her childhood crush and jock, their books get mixed up and swapped.

Finding she has Jace's notebook becomes even more shocking when she realizes what is inside. Jace is a super-famous online writer on Scribbles (like Wattpad), where he writes fantasy romance. When things don't go as planned with the notebook return, McKenna covers for him and claims that she is the writer. As things spiral out of control, Jace and McKenna must meet to figure out how to keep their secret, a task made harder by their mutual attraction. But can a jock and an outcast ever be in a real relationship?

What I loved: There are a lot of really fun elements to the story, particularly surrounding the secret fantasy romance Jace writes. I really enjoyed hearing about his famous novel that he is in the process of writing and releasing. There are also some important themes in the book around bullying, mental illness and related stigma, and parental/societal pressures and expectations. McKenna is bullied in school for the way that she dresses, with other students calling her "Goth Girl," but it escalates as more people know who she is, with a particularly rough conversation. The book provides a good example of standing up for others as a bystander, as another classmate does.

Mental illness is also a big theme, as McKenna is trying to manage her mother's illness and the stigma around it with classmates and even her father who left, as well as her own internalized shame. This theme is not fully explored on the page, but it would be helpful to discuss with readers in the context of resources and appropriate treatments. Both characters are dealing with social pressures and expectations, and Jace is also dealing with an unsupportive parent. These are scenarios that will resonate with YA readers.

What left me wanting more: The book builds slowly for the most part, and the beginning feels repetitive as we get a lot of the same information from both characters. The attraction does take a while to really feel less surface level. Once it gets going, the pace does speed up, and at the end, there are some scenarios that did not feel fully resolved. Jace and McKenna are dealing with trust issues that seem to need some deeper conversations and realizations. The book mostly includes simple apologies and one grand gesture, but I would have appreciated more depth to their relationship and resolutions.

I also would have liked more depth to the characters, as they sometimes seemed like caricatures in a way that just leaned into goth and jock. There were also some plot threads that didn't feel like they had fully played out by the end of the book, and I wanted a bit more of those to fully immerse into the story.

Final verdict: GUTTER GIRL is an overall cute YA contemporary romance about a secret author, high school, and opposite attraction.

 

 

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