Y Jace and Pepper couldn t be together the reason why Jace kept pushing Pepper away I ust didn t get it I think that s my only real gripe about this book that I didn t mention in my earlier original review The reason that was given The Big Bookshelf just felt sloppily thrown in and not fully explained orustified Also the very bad behavior he engaged in that one night when he was on E it s kind of unforgivable I m hoping for some real explanations in the seuel I No Future for You just really liked Jace and it s really weird because normally I d probably be on team Scott instead There was something so special about his character I loved his protectiveness attitude everything But after constantly asking myself WHY I didn t really have a solid answer I need answers I need to know MORE of WHY Jace was SO bad yet SO damn attractive Why did he do the things he did and act the way he did Why NOW Hopefully the seuel clears that up and delves deeper into Jace Pepper s past as well I loved the little flashback scene in the beginning fingers crossed End edit uick tip don t start on this book late at night especially if you have to wake up early the next day For those of you who aren t interested in reading about running don t dismiss this bookust yet And don t let the cover scare you off either Why Well two words Jace Wilder He s one of the hottest bad boy SOS Schlank ohne Sport - jocks I ve come across in the new adult genre and I was instantly sold He s the guy you love to hate but end up loving Trust me I m not an easy sell especially with the whole good girlbad boy dynamic But honestly I couldn t help fall for him in all his bad assery I think I even heard my heart melt dreamy sighAgain I repeat I hate the good girlbad boy trope Iust don t buy it And I hate how some books portray hot bad boys who are essentially sluts and are really BAD in a bad way not in a good way as some hero to be idolized I hate how those types of stories make it seem like the bad boy could get away with murder if he sincerely loved only ONE girl the heroine from afar in true stalker fashion I can t say this book didn t have any of that If anything it was essentially all of those things I mentioned I hated yet the delivery was nothing short of spectacular It was actually exciting Gut wrenching Unputdownable I think what really distinguished this book from the hoard of other new adult books with love triangles featuring the all american good boy v the all american bad boy Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, jock and the naive girl next door was the INTENSE chemistry between all three of the characters WowI honestly looked at the cover read the brief description and truly didn t expect much By the end of it I knew I would remember the name Jace WilderThere aren t too many explicit sexual scenes I can only think of one But this was one of the hottest and steamiest new adult books I ve read This author knows HOW and WHAT to write It s not always about the sex it s about the connection the chemistry the dialogue the characters And I was definitely feeling all of the above Sign me up for the seuel I m in He was a mystery to her and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little pain But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts stronger each time Anna Godbersen an American author Ali Dean an American author pens an enticing novel about a high schooler cross country runner and her decisions about love and relationships in her new book Pepped Up which is the first book in the Pepper Jones series Synopsis Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season She wants to ualify for Nationals and she s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen She can handle long miles and hill sprints but boys That s an entirely different challengePepper s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend Jace Wilder After all he s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hookust about any girl in town and he has Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles and they re both ust fine with that or at least they pretend to beThat is until running star Ryan Harding moves to townWhen it comes to running Pepper s goals are clear But when it comes to Jace and Ryan it s nowhere near as simple Pepper Jones a 16year old
high school unior loves to run in fact school unior loves to run in fact is so good at it that she is preparing herself to compete in the national cross country running championship But the only thing that muddles her life is her crush on her childhood best friend cum sort of family Jace a high school senior a top class footballer who is terribly attractive and a complete womanizer But Jace never showed any interest on Pepper mainly due to
the reason that she is actually a part of her family Pepper s love life reason that she is actually a part of her family Pepper s love life up when another cross country runner named Ryan oins her class but unlike Jace Ryan shows his interest on Pepper whereas Pepper s heart is torn between Jace and Ryan Who will she choose Yeah this book is a complete YA story featuring high school sports and a love triangle Being not so much of a YA fan I still enjoyed reading this light hearted romantic YA which definitely reminded me of my school days and all the dramas about hot boys Pepper is one hell of a lucky chick who had two hot admirers in her school The writing f this book is really nice pretty elouent with a moderate pace Although there weren t much layers in the story which allowed me to contemplate and anticipate things bit easily but the mystery of who Pepper will choose was tightly wrapped under layers of confusion and drama and all that surrounding Jace and PepperThe characters are real and Pepper s dilemma over Jace and Ryan sounded pretty believable but then again given the fact that Pepper is the narrator of this book it was easy for us to ponder about who she will finally choose The author portrays the voice of a 16year old teenager uite strikingly and the way she have layered her narration with a bit of humor and drama simple kept me engaged to the story Pepper is a charming character with a lot of determination to be the champion of this cross country running championship And through Pepper the author brings alive the world of a sportsman hisher stamina determination strength in short it was very insightful to read about an athlete In fact because of Pepper s running Colorado comes alive in front of our eyes it was very picturesue and vivid with intricate detailing In the beginning of the book Jace made me feel irritated about his whole drama about not dating Pepper whereas he did have feelings for Pepper Jace is like a closed book not letting others see his inner feelings The rest of the supporting characters are also very well developed like Pepper s nun as her guardian is someone who is very lively and brings a shade of happiness in some gloomy moments But what really made me glued to the book was Pepper s character She is one hell of a powerful YA character who knows what she wants best for her heart by not causing much pain to those who adore her Verdict Don t miss out this book if you re a huge YA fan Courtesy I received a copy of this book for a blog tou. Tly I’ve caught his eye and suddenly Jace starts seeing me in a different light Everything changes for all of us On the trails my goals are clear Train run breathe run win But when it comes to Jace and Ryan it’s nowhere near as simple This battle can’t be won by crossing a finish line this war is in my heart. ,
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A positive choiceIf you enjoyed this book s girl power sports plot you might also want to readCinderella Steals Home by Carly Syms baseballCinderella in Cleats by Carly Syms footballCinderella in Skates by Carly Syms hockeyFalling Hard Roller Girls 1 by Megan Sparks roller derbyHooked by Liz Fichera golfStealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally softballRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally horse racing The Red Hat Society Cookbook jockeyIn particular if you liked the platonic man whore best friend subplot of this story combined with a girl power sports main plot you ll loveCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally footballI rate this book as followsHeroine 5 starsSubcharacters 5 starsSetting 5 starsGirl Power Sports Plot 5 starsRomantic Triangle Plot 3 starsWriting 5 starsOverall 5 stars This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was interested in this book and was hoping for a light and cute romance but it was not to be The first half of the book was okay but by the end I was so disappointed in not only Jace but also Pepper Jace acts like aerk throughout the book being domineering and controlling of Pepper and treating her like shit constantly being hot and cold towards her yet she still ends up with him by the end of the book Not only does he ignore her most of the time they are at school he keeps tabs on her warns boys away from her deals drugs and parties hard having casual hookups and orgies with any breathing female all while he knows how he feels about Pepper knowing she likes him and knowing it will hurt her I tried to put Is this novel a One Star Rating or a Two Star RatingReasons to Like This Novel 2 stars1 Grandma bunny is a hoot2 Grandma bunny smokes dope with her friends I wanna be Grandma bunny s BFF3 Grandma bunny drinks alcohol with Pepper but with the caveat that Pepper is trusted to moderate her intake 4 Pepper is a disciplined athlete who loves her sport and strives for excellence5 Pepper selects friends with substance intellect and personality6 Pepper wants to be a good teammate even though cross country running tends to be idealized as an individual sport7 Pepper is a good granddaughter and a good friendReasons to NOT Like This Novel 1 star1 The protagonist Pepper pines after Jace when he continues to ignore her bitchslap 12 The protagonist Pepper makes out with Jace and then still pines away for him after he immediately fucks a few other girls bitchslap 23 The protagonist chooses a drug dealer over a good guy Jace hot football star drug dealer Ryan disciplined talented loving young man who treats Pepper with affection and respect Ryan gives Pepper good training advice encourages her discipline and yes I have to write it again treats her with loving affection Right kick that shitty nice guy to the curb 4 The novel perpetuates the shallow ideal that girls likelovefall for guys who are hot Why couldn t Ryan be a nerd Or ugly Or a disabled runner Or a good runner who struggles to stay on the team because his undiagnosed dyslexia makes it difficult for him to keep his grades up and ualify for athletics Something Ali Dean Something Something that makes Ryan interesting than ust the other hot guy in competition with hot guy number one 5 The novel perpetuates the myth that girls can change troubled drug dealers into good guys ummmm yes our shit rocks Ladies but no we don t change men They grow up when they choose to grow up6 Again white suburban characters dominate At first I thought this author would develop the characters of diversity that marginally appear in the text see what I did there but they are so flat as to be casual after thoughts about integrating characters that reflect the diversity that exists in Colorado 7 Grandma Bunny gives Pepper alcohol before she goes out with Ryan Because this teachers Pepper what Underage drinking is no big D right Yes this contradicts 3 in reason to like the novel 8 Jace is a dick He knows that Pepper loves him
Makes Out With Her Leadingout with her leading on taking his pleasure and then openly gets it on with another girl right in front of Pepper And then Pepper STILL pines for him aggghhh a good shake and then a bitchslap Yes this is ust like reason 2 but THIS POINT CAN T BE EMPHASIZED ENOUGH 9 PEPPER point can t be emphasized enough 9 Pepper a smart talented girl who for the duration of three years can t figure out that Jace is infatuated with her while EVERYONE else can see that he s infatuated with her Puh leeease I hate smart girls who have that one fatal stupidity flaw at the same time 10 Pepper by virtue of her what good heart gets Jace to change He stops dealing drugs poof Sequins and Spurs just like that and there are magically NO conseuences for him from his other nefarious drug suppliers Yeah right Doesn t Ali Dean ever watch Law and Order There s no getting out Come on I read this book because of two things My dear friend Sarah recommended it to me I think if it wasn t because of her I don t think I would find this book With tons of YA books out there I often miss good books that don t have much hype I think Pepped Up is one of those books Once I saw her recommendation and read the blurb Iust knew I have to read it So thank you Sarah And it s about running Wellthe main character loves running DK Adventures just like I do though I m not an athlete like PepperSo what this book is all about It s about Pepper Jones aunior in Brockton High School who loves to run and is in her way to compete in Nationals for the first time She spent most of her life with Jace Wilder a senior popular uarterback at their school and also her neighbor She also has a crush on him for years but can t do anything because at some point he always keeps her in a distance And then there is a new unior student Ryan Harding who happens is a cross country runner too and is in a way for National too The ominous clouds look like they ll break at any moment and I love to run in the rain Everything seems to be in my favorI love Pepper s voice here I can feel like she is real She tells her story clearly and without holdin I really liked the running aspect of this story The training and mental strain it can have on performance I really enjoyed reading about that Pepper was a great heroine She is also your typical high school girl in love with her best friend I had to put that into perspective If I was that young and one boy gave mixed signals but said only friends and another boy showed interest you d go for the sure thing I
"LIKED BOTH RYAN AND JACE I "both Ryan and Jace I t think the story needed the drug thing That took away from the story for me Other than that I loved it especially Pepper s grandmother Easy read I started it and ended up finishing it the same day It kind of sucks you in right from the start but UGH Jace I m a little disappointed and bothered by the whole thing and how easily the author lets that go Plus I m team Ryan so that didn t help matters Still though it s a good book and I already started the follow up book although I KNOW things aren t going to go the way I want WARNING INDUCES HEAVY EFFECT 123013 edit The good thing is that I m still OK with my rating I still loved the book but as I thought about WH. Der doesn’t see me that way He has the personal magnetism and good looks to hook ust about any girl in town and he has Our friendship stands apart from high school social circles and I’m fine with that or so I keep telling myselfThat is until running star Ryan Harding moves to town and bridges the gap Apparen.