All Pepped Up
Pepper Jones #2
Published July 10th 2014
Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them.
About the Author
Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.
DISCLAIMER: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT read this review if you haven't read Pepped Up! It will spoil it for you... (So will the synopsis for this book, too...)
After where Dean left things with us in the first book, Pepped Up, I was annoyed with Pepper for breaking up with Ryan (pretty much her perfect match) for Jace. I mean, the dude is a druggy, drug dealer, and a man-whore! Sure he is Pepper's best friend and was all, "I'll clean my act up for you," I honestly didn't have much faith in the guy.
Then I read All Pepped Up.
He kept his word; stopped dealing and doing drugs, and is pretty much the most adorable boyfriend to Pepper (even if a little possessive...). I actually really like Jace in this book - which surprised me, to say the least. But poor Ryan... he seems to be the designated collateral damage for this series.
The whole plot of book two in the Pepper Jones series, is really just showcasing exactly how incredibly mean teenage girls can be. I tell you what, as entertaining as it is to read, I am SO glad that I managed to avoid (for the lost part at least) the kind of petty drama that goes on in All Pepped Up. (It also makes me kinda ashamed to be the same gender as these spiteful individuals... they give us all a bad name.)
The only real problem I had with this book is that there are so many secondary characters. Most of them don't even seem to serve any real purpose other than make the point that 'this-person-is-popular' more concrete, and I guess believable? I'm absolutely terrible with names - even when I have physical faces to match them to - so having an extra 12 (or something) supporting characters thrown at me AND being expected to remember the short backgrounds provided for them - yeah... I'm going to have a bad time with that. What's so wrong with keeping things simple?
With high levels of teenage drama, All Pepped Up is an entertaining installment to the series with it's fair share of sweet, embarrassing, and meaningful moments for you to enjoy along the way.
3 out of 5