I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz
on October 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
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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.
Sara Hantz’ Falling For the Wrong Guy is a touching story of two teens who fall for each other after a tragedy rocks their world. Ruby Davis is drawn to her brother Blake’s ex-best friend Drew. She tries to fight it, because Drew betrayed her brother, and Ruby knows she shouldn’t even think about him as a possibility. Yet, she’s had a crush on Drew for years. One that’s hard to let go of. I really enjoyed the budding romance between Drew and Ruby. These two have known each other for years, and would have made the perfect couple, if it wasn’t for the huge tragedy that left Drew scarred and damaged. Their history, and Drew’s close brotherly relationship with Ruby’s brother made their desire to try and make things work seem highly believable.
I also loved the circumstances that left Drew on the outs with Ruby’s family. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA novel, or any novel for that matter, where one of the main characters was badly burned. Reading about what Drew had gone threw in his recovery, how he’s handling returning to school, and dealing with people’s reactions to his scars was very interesting to me. I spent a lot of time wondering what I would do in his shoes, or even in Ruby’s.
I also loved Drew and Blake’s backstory. The two teens were on the outs over a serious matter, and while it was easy to see why their friendship had been destroyed, it was still sad. Hantz does a brilliant job of developing these characters so that they read like real people.
Do I Recommend?
I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a YA romance that deals with more serious issues. There’s not a lot of sexy times, so parents can feel comfortable letting their high schooler read Falling For the Wrong Guy, without worrying about the content being inappropriate. I also think the idea of caring for someone dealing with a disability, or disfigurement would make this book a great addition to any reading club.