Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Entangled Teen Crush on July 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, General, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult Fiction
Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing.
Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?
Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend.She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back.It’s a win-win.
But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…
Who didn’t love Sky High? This is not a rhetorical question. If someone seriously didn’t love that movie, please, explain why. It had it all: superheroes, the diabolical villain, and a love story. Resisting the Rebel was inspired by that movie, only if Warren Peace had gotten the girl. So basically, what’s not to love about this book?
Mandy Pennington was the disco-loving redhead that wore crazy outfits and said the first thing that came to mind. I liked Mandy’s naivety, but it also drove me insane. She looked for the best in people, in life, and had inspirational sayings for any and everything. While her perky, upbeat self meant she didn’t see the bad in anyone almost ever, it was infectious. It even infected the most unlikeliest of victims: Caleb Torrs.
If you didn’t have a crush on Warren Peace, you obviously weren’t looking at the same guy as me. Caleb Torrs wore all leather and had a sour disposition to match. Mandy kept him guessing from the second that they first spoke, and I loved reading his side of things. There was more to him than what met the eye, and he deserved a voice. When you think about how the book connects to Sky High, I loved what Roberts did even more. The bad boy that shot flames out of his fingers didn’t just get the girl but also found himself.
With any fake relationship in YA, it’s bound to turn into something more. The inevitability of the ensuing HEA did not make this book entertaining but how it happened. Both Mandy and Caleb didn’t want to admit when they started feeling something for one another, but I was shocked when Caleb admitted it to himself before Mandy. It was exciting to watch him fall then fight for her, and even more interesting to see how she reacted to the bad boy showing an interest in a girl he’d nicknamed Disco. Their romance entertained and kept me flipping through the pages to see what would happen next.
I started this book on a long car ride and didn’t set it down unless I needed food, to stretch my legs, or the other basic necessities of travel. It’s a light, fun read that promises witty banter, evident sarcasm, and a steamy kiss here and there. Resisting the Rebel has an unlikely hero, couple, and an overall great story.
A paperback copy of Resisting the Rebel, a Red Ranger action figure, a Rainbow Pony, and a Mood Ring.