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Pepped Up

(Pepper Jones #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,175 ratings  ·  266 reviews
Qualifying for Nationals. It’s all I can think about, and I’m willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. I can handle long miles and hill sprints in cross country, but guys? That’s an entirely different challenge.

I’ve kept my feelings hidden from the boy next door all this time. My longtime friend, Jace Wilder doesn’t see me that way. He has the personal magnetism
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published August 25th 2013
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Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Is this novel a One Star Rating or a Two Star Rating?

Reasons to Like This Novel (2 stars):
1. Grandma bunny is a hoot.
2. Grandma bunny smokes dope with her friends. I wanna be Grandma bunny's BFF.
3. 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 excellence.
5. Pepper selects friends with substance, intellect, and personality.
6. Pepper wants to be a good teammate, eve
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
“He was a mystery to her, and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little more 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.


Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross c
♥ Sarah
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

----12/30/13 edit: The good thing is that I'm still OK with my rating. I still loved the book, but as I thought about WHY Jace and Pepper couldn't be together (the reason why Jace kept pushing Pepper away), I just 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 just felt sloppily thrown in, and not fully explained, or justified. Also, the very bad behavior he engaged i
Jenny Jo Weir
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).
Melinda Howard
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I 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 a jerk 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 h
Kate McMurry
R-rated YA/NA girl-power, sports novel with romantic-triangle subplot

Sixteen-year-old Pepper Jones loves running, and she's fantastic at it, even though she's only been running a little over two years. In fact, she's well on her way to achieving her goal to become a national cross-country champion this year, while still a junior in high school. The only thing complicating her life is her long-term crush on her best friend, seventeen-year-old senior, Jace Wilder. They've been neighbors since they
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 don’t think the story needed the drug thing. That too
3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! YA best friends to lovers trope. It was an OK read.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachmi by: ♥ Sarah
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, I just knew I have to read it. So thank you Sarah! And it's about running. Well...the main character loves running, just like I do, though I'm not an athlete like Pe ...more
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
I both liked and hated this.. I think I am getting too old for high school romances. Which is extremely depressing for me. Pepper seemed so naive and honestly kind of dumb. She has been crushing on her neighbor and best friend for years. ( super common troupe but I love it!) The problem with this is, Jace is a jerk. Like he feeds her little scraps of his time and Pepper kisses his butt. Then in comes Ryan, who in my opinion is perfect. This guy wants her and wants to actually hang out with her i ...more
Christi Fowler
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: pepped Up
Author: Ali Dean
Format: Audio
Narrator: Stacey Glemboski
Genre: YA, sports (cross country running)
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Yes book 1 of the Pepper Jones series
POV: Pepper
Steam Level: heavy petting

I don't usually read a lot of YA books but this one was a lot of fun. Pepper and Jace have been best friends since childhood but things get weird when Pepper starts noticing Jace and his hot body and his playboy ways. Things amp up a notch when the new boy in town takes an
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Pepper is a cross-country runner, and while she knows how to run, she doesn’t necessarily know what to do when boys start to take an interest in her.
Ryan is also a runner, and Pepper really likes him, but her best friend Jace seems be acting weird, and she wonders if he might feel the same way about her that she feels about him.
Does Jace really like Pepper? Or should she go for it with Ryan?

This was a good YA story about cross-country running, and
Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]

I absolutely love books with a fitness theme so as soon as I saw the gorgeous cover for this one, I was IN!  Anything that inspires me to lace up my runners too is a must-read in my eyes.  

My Thoughts on Pepped Up:
Books with sports themes are my magnets and they suck me up every time! I love reading books that focus on running as it makes me want to pound the pavements too.  And Pepper LOVES to run, the joy and release that it
Forever lazy Kat ~*duh-duhm duh-duhm

I wanted to give this book a 1.5 stars but goodreads wont let me so 2 stars instead.

During the time I was reading this book, all I wanted was either to slap Pepper or punch Jace in the face. Don't get me wrong, I like Pepper since she's a hardworker and I admire her perseverance towards running and determination to improve herself. Jace on the other hand, ugh. He may be the popular-handsome-football-player but his character has no depth or whatsoever. He didn't grow up, even just a little; d
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a hard one to review... I would say 2.5 stars, but I was nice & rounded to 3... Here is why... Jace is hot and you have known him all your life BUT the sex and the drugs... Ugh... The stuff about the E just really made my skin crawl & she still has feelings for him?!? But I liked pepper & the running backdrop & really liked Ryan... And her friends but I never got Jace... Just didn't get him... I would live to know what his & Wes falling out was about... I have a few guesses... It says at ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Pepped Up was a decent read.

I liked Pepper, and i spent most of the book hoping things turned out well for her.
I really liked her relationship with her nan, and i enjoyed the bits where Jace was included.

The ending was good, and i'm looking forward to book two.

Overall, An enjoyable read.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Ohhhhhh I can. NOT. WAIT. For the next book!!!!

Since I caught a glimpse of Pepper and Jace on the Stark Academy Series, I could not wait to start.
I never thought of myself as a sports-romance lover but here I am, reading Ali's books one after the other and I'm loving it. It's so energetic, it actually feels like I'm experiencing the thrill and the endorphins that run through the characters.

Jace and Pepper had that kind of vibe that friends have when they know each other for a long time and feel more than friendship. It's so cute, I love read
M.N. literary_rebel was bad. The girl was too naive. The boy was horrible and controlling. I found him manipulative as well. Don't get me wrong we all manipulate at some extent but his deal was barf worthy. She uses Ryan. Big no no in my book. ...more
This was a hard book to rate. Pepper and Jace were very difficult people to like. They both wanted to be more than friends. Yet Jace couldn't go there. I will be honest I don't think it would work good between them anyways. Jace has too many secrets. A big part of why this got as m any stars as it di was because of Pepper's grandma. That woman was awesome. ...more
Read these earlier this year but never read the last book. RTC if I ever finish.
Mar 25, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I NEED BOOK 2… NOW!!! I loved this book! I instantly clicked with it and just couldn't stop reading! This book was recommended to me because of my love for all books by Tijan! And let me just say that Ali Dean is now on my radar and I am anxious to read EVERYTHING she writes in the future! This is one of those books that sucks you in and just won't let go, I can't say enough!

"This right here is what I live for. The steady rhythm of my feet landing softly on dirt."

Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book today and I I liked most of the story. I understand Jace had issues and couldn't fully commit to Pepper because his feelings for her made him feel out of control. Pepper is the kind of main character I don't feel strongly invested in. She didn't feel multi-dimensional. I truly appreciated her dedication to running. I enjoyed reading about the sport. Zoe, her friend, did. I liked her spirit and her support of Pepper.
Jace getting involved with drugs and becoming a dealer along w
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Props to Ali Dean for getting this couch potato even the slightest bit interested in running. Dean seems to know a lot about cross country running and the parts of the book that focus on Pepper’s training and her feelings about running and her place on the team and the pressure to reach a national level with her sport are all done very well. Unfortunately, the book loses a lot of points when it comes to Pepper’s love life and depicting the more adult, social aspects of high school. It touches on ...more
Lady E
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 I think I like Ryan better! Review to come at when I make it to the most recent book.
Sophie Koufes
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Review:
Pepped Up (Pepper Jones Series, Book One) is a ya sport romance about a cross country runner and her best friend. A perfect balance between school days and private spere. The narrative flows through smoothly without filler. The sport aspect about cross country runners was well researched and detailed, giving it a realism sense. An intriguing glimpse of the mind of a athlete. Well developed, compelling characters with complex personalities. Supporting character Gran was my favori
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pepped Up

This is Ali Dean's debut novel and my first book that I've read of hers. I will say that I did enjoy this book, but I am looking forward to seeing what kind of writing growth comes in the next books!
Pepper is a cross country runner and Jace is her best friend. Of course lines get blurred, but there's lots of wishy washy, drive you crazy, back and forth going on. Ryan is the new guy at school and is also a cross country runner. He didn't seem to get the memo that Pepper is off limits so
Ara Prado
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Pepped Up (Pepper Jones #1)
Author: Ali Dean
Publication Date: August 25, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Sports, Romance
Source: Copy Given by Organizer

When I read the blurb of Pepped Up and All Pepped Up, I was hesitant to review it because of two reasons: first, I'm not into stories that involve love triangles. Second, I don't run, and I know next to nothing about this sport! I figured that I'd probably have a hard time connecting to the female lead. Both concerns of mine have been qui
Tales Of A Bookbug
(Combined review for Pepped Up and All Pepped Up)
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars

Overall Review: Considering the fact that this is the author's first book series I liked it a lot. Pepper Jones is a high school junior and cross-country runner.The two books mainly focus on her running,the championships,her relationship with her Grandma Bunny,her friendships and her complicated love life.

I really liked Pep's voice in the story.It was mature enough for YA,with the doubts and insecurities of a teenager and
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Ali is a USA Today Bestselling author of sports romance. She has always loved to read, especially when there's a happily ever after, but found that there weren't enough books out there featuring girl athletes. So, she decided to work on that. Like the heroines in her books, Ali is an athlete, with running and skiing her favorite sports these days. Ali hails from Vermont and now lives in her own ha ...more

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Pepper Jones (7 books)
  • All Pepped Up (Pepper Jones, #2)
  • Pepped Up & Ready (Pepper Jones, #3)
  • Pep Talks (Pepper Jones, #4)
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