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Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks: a love story

(Burnouts #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Carrie Gould can’t find her way at home.
So she hangs with those on the edge.
Black clothes, loud music, cheap liquor, cheaper sex.
And they laugh.
Cause it’s all so damn funny. And if they didn’t laugh, they might cry.

Ben's home is broken, but he isn’t.
He is solid, true, steady, love.

She says come laugh with me.
He says come love me.

She says, "I’ll try for now."
He says he wil
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published February 24th 2014
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Karen Gordon The story starts in 1996 and follows characters who graduate from high school in 1999. I tried to keep true to the era which was interesting with char…moreThe story starts in 1996 and follows characters who graduate from high school in 1999. I tried to keep true to the era which was interesting with characters from different financial backgrounds. It was the start of cell phones, etc. for high school kids in the Midwest.
If you read the follow up novel, "Popstars, Friends & Lovers: a dreamer's tale" it goes a little farther along the timeline as it follows the lives of MG & Steve.
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3.5* I'm really having a hard time with this one, I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.
The first half of the book or so deals with some pretty typical teenage going-ons...friends, cliques, dating, drinking, boyfriend drama. Carrie and Ben are both dating other people, but are starting to realize they both have deeper feelings for the other, more than just friendship.
These 2 were sweet together, and I really adored Ben. (view spoiler)
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - just had to throw that in there before I gush about how much I loved this novel.

I mean, the amount of love I have for this piece of literature is so great, you'd think I was BFFs with the author.

But had I heard of the author before? Nope. Had I even heard of the book before? That would also be a no. Honestly, I took a chance on the book, because the title was catchy and sounded promising.

Boy, am I glad the title drew me in. This b
Margaux Espinosa
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
*received copy from author for honest review*

I loved this story, it was my high school experience but better! I laughed, a lot, and cried a a few times, the writing was very well done, I loved the characters, the story line was sweet, romantic, sad, nostalgic, and just newly refreshing. The detail was amazing, I feel like Karen Gordon did a wonderful job on this book. The pace was great, then it went kind of fast when I wished it would slow down a bit but the want to read a second book was ther
The Book Fairy Reviews
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lost in a world where her parents either ignore her or judge her, Carrie turns to a crowd that is only about fun. Ben her neighbor and friend has been by her side and witnessed the neglect of her parents. He understands why she hangs out with the burnouts. What he doesn't understand nor like is her choice in boyfriends. Something that he has never liked because well he would like to fill the role.
I loved this story because is was of friends realizing how important their relationships really are
Angela Maria Hart
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Lori R.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got lost in a world full of burnouts, geeks & Jesus freaks...and I loved every minute of it. What a great debut novel by Karen Gordon! This well-written story transported me back to high school and made me fall in love with all of the amazing characters. It's full of humor, heartache, the usual high school drama, and love. Sweet, sweet Ben...I dare you not to fall in love with him. I definitely recommend this book! ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, rar, 2014
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review new adult book club**
Wow! What a great book, defiantly one of my all-time favourites and there's going to be another book in this series- good news indeed. Superbly well written, it had me laughing one minute and blubbering like an idiot the next- this is a book about the ups and downs of life.

The main characters are Carrie and Ben two people who at the start of the book are the perfect couple without them even knowi
Kristen Cansler
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
The Good:
The nostalgic love story.
The characters of Carrie and Ben.

The Bad:
The ending felt rushed.

The Gif:

You win, Karen Gordon. You made me ugly cry. Sure, I have my sappy moments with books. I can fangirl with the best of them. But it's really rare for me to cry. Burnouts, Geeks, and Jesus Freaks had me blabbering and sobbing throughout the last twenty-five percent.

Carrie and Ben's story definitely transported me back in time to high school and all of the emotions from that time. Karen Gord
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Where to start:
I was looking forward to reading this book after the raving reviews, but I was disappointed.

The main characters Ben and Carrie have been neighbors and friends for years but lately they have grown apart. Ben is dating a church girl and Carrie a guy who is older and a total loser.

The characters are not really developed, we don’t get to know Carrie she likes to party and drink, she’s doesn't sound very smart and after high school has no ambition, her home situation is strange her mo
Danielle Sanchez
Copy was provided for an honest review.

All I can say is wow! This is a great coming of age, friends to lovers, pain of growing together and apart story. Basically, "Chuck Sucks," Carrie needs mass quantities of hugs and affection, Ben is the sweetest but most naive BBF. Watching this unfold was the best kind of painful, you have no choice but to remember how awkward growing up can be in reality. The choices you make for the wrong reasons and the disastrous consequences.

I am so glad there is anot
gj indieBRAG
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that BURNOUTS, GEEKS AND JESUS FREAKS: A LOVE STORY by Karen Gordon is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

What didn't I love about this book? Nothing! It completely devours you. It will keep tugging at your heart and making you grin like a fool. It's a true modern love story and I can't wait for the sequel! Thank you Karen for such beautiful writing.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've recived this book in a exchange for an honest review..
this was a Nice refreshing read! A novel about love and true friendship , fights ,heartache,laught,differences, and distance. I liked it and I'm curious about what happens next. Nicely done Ms Gordon.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heart warming tale of love

This one is pretty special. It reminds me that sometimes life gets in the way of love, but in the end we can still find it. The characters of Ben and Carrie are interesting and thoughtful. Carrie’s story is quite inspiring. The only flaw I saw was that the end was a bit rushed. But still who can argue with a HEA.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

Shel: I wasn't really sure what to expect with this novel but the title covers a lot of it. You have the 'burnouts" Carrie's friends --a little less on the ambitious side (understatement) and fairly anti-school/establishment. You have "geeks": Ben and his friends. And, you have the "Jesus freaks" Ben's girlfriend Joelle and her friends. As we all know from high school, though, these labels are really just silly ways to try to keep peo
Sashoy Wilson
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nybc-2014
The first book I've ever read by Karen Gordon, I was not sure what to expect, you read the title and you think YA teenage drama stuff, even for NA the title itself seems a bit immature. The cover is different and not what you'd expect once you start reading the book. To be honest the title and the cover don't really, at least to my mind match or encompasses all that the book is about. A love story it is, a cute yet emotionally messy but fulfilling love story.

That's about all the title got right
Rhea Dsouza
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Surprised at what a cute story this turned into... Loved it!! Full review soon!

Updated 6/23/14:

What a freakin’ surprise, out of nowhere, this little story ended up being. Okay, here’s the deal. Bloggers get requests to review books. Yes, crazy, I know. I got asked to read and review this little pink ditty and I said “sure”. The cover is the prettiest shade of pink. But honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the looooooong title; I can never remember it correctly so I just refer to it in my head as ‘The
Erica (Reading Kitten)
This review was posted on my blog:

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review!

Unfortunately this book really wasn't for me. I didn't like it at all. The first half of the book I thought was really boring. Not much happened, or at least to me nothing interesting did. I didn't feel engaged in the story and I wasn't really connecting with the characters either. I didn't think Carrie was a very likable main character, but when I got a little furth
Jennifer Hines
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The first half of this book was like a trip down memory lane, filled with nostalgia and memories from my own school years. It was pretty much what I expected the book to be. The second half was more like a strobe light. Every blink of the light brought you further and further into the future. And oh boy does it come with some crazy surprises, some heartbreaking moments, and occasional happy tears. (Goodness gracious Ben
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks is a quirky and really sweet love story. The story starts in 1999 and spans many years, following the characters throughout childhood, high school and beyond. It was lots of fun, super sweet, and gives you a couple that you just want to root for against all odds. Ben and Carrie are next door neighbors, Ben falling into the geek category and Carrie falling more into the burnout category by default. But they
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, hilarious
At first, I wasn't sure that I would like this book. But then Carrie and Ben drew me in. It was their easy friendship, the way that Ben made Carrie feel as if things weren't really that bad and vice versa. That relationship easily drew me into the book until I was reading just to find out what would happen between the two. You find yourself hoping against hope that maybe this will be the tale where first loves are the forever kind. Carrie is such a smart alec that you just find yourself wonderin ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
WOW. This book exceeded my expectations by far. The summary is a little... off, in my opinion, I felt like it wasn't descriptive enough. Most of all, I feel like it doesn't do the book justice. Burnouts, Geeks, and Jesus Freaks was AMAZING. It was sweet, swoon-worthy, and sad, but in the end, it made you all smiley and tingly.

I have to mention that this book was bit more mature than I had anticipated, which wasn't bad at all, it just took me by surprise. For younger readers, I'd recommend they
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think, based on the title and the cover, I thought this book was going to focus more on the differences between the characters and their social status. But at the end of the day (and this was definitely a moral of the story) everyone is more than what you see.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I liked the way the characters evolved and I really enjoyed the natural progression of Ben and Carrie’s relationship. Karen Gordon writes teenagers really well. There’s a funny blend of arrogance and
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Carrie's home life is crappy and she does anything to escape..older boyfriend, partying but nothing too harsh or harmful. I think Carrie is a little superficial in the beginning, but Ben offsets that. She and Ben have always been intertwined with each other. Ben has crushed on her forever. He is the perfect book boyfriend..supportive, caring and totally adorable. He was realistic when he was undecided with Joelle and realizing
Brittany Holland
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars...

I was a little taken by surprise with this book. Don't be fooled by the 3.5 star rating because I really enjoyed this one.

This is a friends to lovers story, a common theme in NA I happen to like, which is why I jumped all over this when I was given the opportunity.

Here's what I liked:
I liked the way things progressed with Carrie and Ben. Both of them had been seeing other people but slowly came to the realization that they are better for each other. I like Ben. A LOT. I think he was
This book has a lot of substance, which I totally like, it is a pretty long and it was great. I didn't like Carrie, she was careless, shallow and I never saw her character grow, she infurating, which propably is true to herself.
So, Ben is the character I liked the most, he did have some character development and also his life and his family is more detailed, so they made the book shine.

Carrie runs with the outcast group in high school, stoners and the like, she has a crappy family life, her mot
Kelly (the book hussy)
**this ARC was gifted in exchange for an honest review**

3.5 stars
First of all, the title of this book is what grabbed my attention (genius). This is a first for me. Without a recommendation, I look at the book cover. if this grabs my attention, I'll read the synopsis.

This story brought back memories of high school and first loves. I'll be honest, It didn't grab my attention until a quarter of the way in. I'm also used to reading from the first person pov, so that took some getting used to.

Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this was a surprise... I have to be honest, when I read the first line I somehow convinced myself that I wasn't going to like this book so I was putting off reading it for quite sometime now. Yesterday I decided that I have to give it a shot, since I have to review it, and today I'm writing a review about it... finished it in one day and it was great! Congrats Mrs. Gordon, your debut novel was wonderful and I enjoyed reading it very much! In my opinion this book covered almost everything i' ...more
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Karen Gordon is an indie author who loves supporting strong and sexy women in fiction and in real life.

Born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, she found her love of extraordinary stories about ordinary places by finding excitement in mundane suburbia. Although she currently writes romance and chick lit, you never know what she might do next. (You'll never find a woman-hating, bad-boy hero thoug

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