French Fries with a Side of Guys
Rebekah L. Purdy
Published September 14th 2016
Payton Carter is one of six kids (all of which are named after famous football players), not to mention the only girl in the Carter household. With this much testosterone and no mother, it’s no wonder she’s absolutely clueless when it comes to makeup, dances, and talking to guys she’s crushing on. And now she’s about ready to start her freshman year of high school, which is nerve wrenching enough, but when she ends up running into her crush, Chance Montgomery, at her dad’s sports restaurant, she finds out that the quarterback for their rival team is moving to Aller Falls. This is nothing short of fate.
Payton realizes she has to find a way to impress Chance and get him to ask her out or at least know she’s interested in him—preferably without dropping a plateful of fries on his head, like she did last time. After taking her two oldest brothers’ advice, she decides to go out for the freshman football team, figuring that between practices and games she and her crush will surely be able to talk. And maybe talking will lead to something more permanent or at least to a first kiss. Only this plan backfires in ways she never imagined, when she beats Chance Montgomery out of the starting quarterback position. Now not only does she make him the laughing stock of the team, but also has to figure out how to avoid the snotty cheerleaders, a traitor best friend, not to mention winning games for her team. Too bad this is just the beginning of her freshman year.
About the Author
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids) she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, travelling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.
I don't know why, but I just love sport based novels -- even though I'm not much of a sports fan unless it's cricket or hockey. Hence, my excitement over getting to review French Fries with a Side of Guys. Plus it kind of reminded me of Catching Jordan in a younger age bracket.
My first thoughts about this book start with the cover; it creeps the shiz out of me. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there is something just not right about their facial expressions that gives me the heebie-geebies. This is one time that I am grateful that my copy of this novel is an ebook and I don't have to see the cover all the time.
Purdy's writing style made the book read like the inside of a 14-year-old girl. I was torn about how this made me feel, because while it makes sense for it to read that way since Payton is a 14-year-old girl. Then, on the other hand, teen girls annoy me with their whining, blowing things out of proportion, and thinking that the smallest things are the end of the world. Despite this, there were lots of cute moments that had me going awwww and having chuckle. I did feel like the dialog could've used some work since it felt really clunky and unnatural most of the time.
On to the characters...
I loved how close the Carter clan is. I think its just the sweetest thing when siblings are friends with and are supportive of one another. If I was to spend even a fraction of the time that Payton does with her brothers with mine... well, there would be raised voices and a brawl of some description with the familial love buried deep in there somewhere. But man must it be hell to have 5 brothers... one is bad enough for me. Upside? You get to
prev oncheckout all their hot friends -- which Payton does with the like of Craig.
Speaking of boys that aren't her brothers, Payton has boys coming at her left right and centre. The first boy on the scene is Chance, and I really didn't like his character. My first thoughts where, Wow, this dude is too big for his britches. After the first couple of chapters, my opinion of his quickly changed to, What a dick. Every moment that Payton spent pining after the douchecanoe I wanted to slap her upside the head. Next comes Craig, the Senior to her Freshman and best buds with one of her many brothers. This is the one that I don't really understand. I'm assuming Craig is around 17 (it never explicitly says), so that's 3 years older than Payton. Normally, I'd be like, 3 years? Big flipping deal (BTWs that was sarcasm), but at those ages, the idea of them together kind of grosses me out. Plus, they don't pass the appropriate age rule (half your age + 7). Then there's also the part that there is no building connection between them, just suddenly they like one another and they're dating. Say what now? Last, but least, is Neal. I am 100% team Neal. He's everything that Craig and Chance are not; kind, protective of her, age appropriate, genuinely cares about her, and is just generally a good person. #TeamNeal
I guess the only thing I have left to say is that the ending made it feel like it is apart of a series -- but its not. I triple checked, so unless the internet is hiding the information from me...
French Fries with a Side of Guys is a sweet read filled with teen drama and family love. If these are your cup of tea, this is the book for you.
3 out of 5
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