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Wesley James Ruined My Life

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thi
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Published July 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when W
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I am a sucker for the hate to love trope. It's one of my favorites and between that cover and the synopsis, I was sold.

Quinn is a decent character. She's a good person, but everything is completely overshadowed by her need for revenge on Wesley James. Wesley seems like a nice guy. It didn't feel like we really got to know him since all of his interactions with Quinn are combative. There are a few other characters, but no one really stood out.

Since Quinn was obsessed with something that
This was a cute and adorable read. Pretty much a cliché one as well, but the thing is I didn't mind. I love it when romance relationships start off as dislike or even hate. I find that I end up rooting for the couple no matter what. Though in this case, it certainly didn't stop the main character because the reader knew more things than she did. It was oh-so obvious! And I loved that! When you're anticipating the entire duration of the novel to get the two together, it just makes it more satisfy ...more
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I have always been a fan of good old revenge stories, so Wesley James Ruined My Life instantly drew me in. It is all about a girl who is stuck working with an old friend, who became her enemy years ago. The medieval restaurant setting is so original, and the main character is a little obstinate but also compassionate. I really enjoyed this one, and it is perfect for the summer.

This book has such an entertaining plot. It is all about a girl who ends up working with
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was just the break I needed from all my dark fantasies, horror, and science fiction books I've been reading recently. I needed a break, a contemporary breather and Wesley James Ruined My Life hit the spot. It was very cute, fast, and I thought the romance was pretty adorable.
One thing about our main character Quinn, she is good at holding a grudge. For years she has held onto the belief that Wesley James ruined her life and broke apart her family. It doesn't seem to matter that there were o
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Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, romance, ya
Once upon a time, Wesley and Quinn were super close friends, but right before his family moved away, Wesley put a set of events in motion that ruined Quinn's life. Fast forward five years, and Quinn's life is sort of like this:

This girl was dealing with a lot of heavy things, but she had one thing she was looking forward to: the band trip to London. She grew up with her beloved grandmother telling her stories about her life back in England, and Quinn could not wait to journey there and see those
Stay Fetters
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
"He's sweaty-- his shaggy blonde hair is sticking to his neck-- but it's the good kind of sweaty. The sexy kind of sweaty. Wait. Why am I noticing his sweat? Why am I noticing anything about Wesley James? I should be focusing on my master plan to get him fired, not about how sexy he looks or whether or not he smells good."

This was a very quick read. The storyline caught my attention with a broken family, love and some kind of revenge. I wanted to be hooked but I felt more annoyed and awkward
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wesley James Ruined My Life is one of those books that infuriates you right until the very end, when you realise those last two chapters were kind of worth it? It also helps that Wesley, despite Quinn's best efforts, was actually pretty decent throughout the entire book (more than decent, in fact, and way, way more than Quinn deserved, imo). Despite all my frustration, I read this book in just one sitting, although I will confess that by the time I got two thirds through, and Quinn finally got h ...more
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wesley James Ruined My Life is a fun, light and quick read. I love a great rivalry love story and this one definitely hit all the marks for me.

I love the setting: Tudor Tymes is amazing. The restaurant sounds like such a fascinating place to eat at; the cast of characters make me want to visit. I may be a little old for its usual crowd but I'd 100% go if I'm ever within range of such a place!

Quinn and Wesley were childhood besties before he did something unforgivable (in Quinn's eyes) at his mov
Katy Upperman
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This forthcoming debut was everything I was hoping for in a summer read: voice-y, witty, and swoony, but with depth I always appreciate. Quinn's summer is becoming quite a mess: her grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's, her father has gambling addiction that's costing him a lot more than money, she's lost her shot at a band trip to England, and her friend-turned-nemisis, Wesley James, is back in Seattle after years spent in Portland. Quinn makes it her mission to punish Wesley for a mistake ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
This book was ADORABLE. Seriously, it was SO CUTE and I'm so glad I traded for this book!

I started reading this book around midnight last night and even though I was sleepy, I kept saying "oh, I'll just read one more chapter." Well, after a while I figured I might as well just finish it, so I did. I don't regret it though, because it was super cute and gave me all the feels!

I thought the developing relationship between Quinn and Wesley was really cute! I was definitely rooting for them and I rea
Ruby Rose
This was an amazing book! I am glad that I found it, and actually decided to read it.

PARENT NOTE: She does get drunk in one part, but nothing happens and the only thing she feels is like she is going to throw up, and her dad has a gambling addiction, and has a guy walking out of his apartment in an area she describes as the place that isn't the spot you want to be after dark.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 3/10 (Check my profile to see how I rate!!!)

VIOLENCE/ANY BLOOD: None that I remember!

Leigh Collazo

Hundreds more reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.

REVIEW: Okay, yes, Quinn got on my nerves with her ill-conceived (and just plain mean) idea to get Wesley fired. Yes, she's unreasonably obsessed with this idea that Wesley James ruined her entire life. But did I love this book anyway? You bet!

Truly, Quinn isn't the most likeable character, but I forgave her revengey-ness with Wesley because she's so real. She does do some mean things to sabotage Wesley, but she does at least feel bad about her actions.
Victoria Kennedy
I was kindly sent a copy of this book for review from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

A cute and fun contemporary that will have you wanting to visit a medieval themed restaurant.

Quinn has been working the past three months at Tudor Tymes, a medieval themed restaurant with King Henry VIII. She's saving up for her concert band's trip to London in November, where she's hoping she'll get to see all the places her grandmother talked about when sh
3.5 stars

Very cute and a very quick read. A good pick for when you're in the mood for a romance that's somehow both hate-to-love but also sweet and fun. It leans a little bit to the younger side, especially with such a big focus on Quinn getting revenge on Wesley because she thinks he's the reason her parents got a divorce. It just doesn't feel like something a seventeen year old would still believe after five years. I was glad it didn't last the entire book, though, because I was starting to ge
Sophie (BlameChocolate) *on hiatus*
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I had some high expectations for this one, which is probably why I was so disappointed. I mean, a medieval themed restaurant? Hate to love relationship? It sounded so cute and fun and the perfect summer read!

But it wasn’t. The whole “plot” and the reason Quinn hates Wesley is too weak. And the way it was revealed and resolved? Yeah, even worse. The characters were pretty okay, though. They were annoying at times but not totally unrealistic. The writing, ho
Brandy Painter
Wesley James did not ruin anyone's life. Let's make that clear up front. Quinn has held a grudge against Wesley for years, blaming him for her parents' divorce. I can see how a young girl, confused and scared, would want to find someone to foist her anger over that on. I get that Wesley was an easy target, especially since he was moving. This could have been done really well, but it wasn't because the character development just wasn't there. (Which has been a consistent problem with the Swoons R ...more
Sophie's Reading Corner
3-3,5 stars

What we know about our heroine, Quinn:
1) She loves London and she's about to go with her school band
2) She works in a medieval restaurant as a waitress
3) Wesley James ruined her life and she can't forgive

We also get to know her family and some issues within, her friends and possible interests and that Wesley is back and she wants to get revenge and get him fired.

I thought that this was a really cute novel and had some really interesting and unique elements (like the restaurant, th
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and entertaining summer young adults book. I wish we really did have a Tudor Tymes nearby:) I highly recommend this book to those looking for a sweet and swoony story about two teens that have a love, hate to love relationship. Fun stuff!
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am glad I didn't notice the avg rating on this book or I probably wouldn't have read it. I usually don't read anything below 3.7 and I am questioning that decision because this was a really good book. I love hate to love romances so I probably would have read it anyway. This was a cute, fast read. I liked the characters and the message in the story. At first I thought Quinn was going to irritate me but she never did. I understood why she chose to see things the way she did. She didn't want to ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2020
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute read. Once again these YAs push too much lack of communication. She is mad about something Wesley did before he moved away and they never talk about it till the very end. Frustrating.
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

This was such a cutesy read! Imagine spending your summer working on a Tudor Times themed restaurant with your worst, albeit cute, childhood enemy? Definitely the recipe for swoons & disaster!

What I Liked:

I am such a fan of hate-to-love romance in my books and Wesley James Ruined My Life had me covered! Quinn swore to hate Wesley James after he "caus
Jaime Arkin
Not as swoony as I had hoped for, but definitely a quick and cute read!

This book however, had the unfortunate luck to be read after what will probably be at the top of the list of my favorite reads this year which means I was probably tougher on it than I might have been otherwise.

Quinn Hardwick and Wesley James used to be inseparable ... until he up and ruined her life and then moved to another state, and Quinn still hasn't forgiven him. She feels like every big thing that has gone wrong over
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*I receive an ARC via Netgalley in exchange of honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads for the book!

Actual rating 3.5

When I saw the title, like any other people who came across this book, I was expecting a hate-to-love romance. And fortunately, I wasn't disappointed! This book was super cute and funny, just as expected.

Basically, Quinn and Wesley used to be best-friend. But one day, when Wesley was about to move to another town, he did something that Quinn
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads

If you're expecting this book to change your life, you're probably going to be disappointed but it IS a perfectly, enjoyable summer book and not everything we read needs to revolutionize our lives. I, for one, have been too tired and too overheated lately to read books that will change my life so Wesley James Ruined My Life was the perfect read for me.

Is Quinn Hardwick stubborn as fuck and will you want to shake some sense into her? For SURE bu
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I can't even put into words how happy this book made my heart. As a former clarinet player, as a former high schooler whose grandma suffered with Alzheimer's, I identified so hard with Quinn. Everything about it was incredibly relatable. Not only was the setting adorable (who doesn't love a medieval themed restaurant?!) but each character was fleshed out in a completely natural way. Watching Wesley and Quinn's love-to-hate-to-love relationship and all of the obstacles that come along with it was ...more
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)

I wanted to enjoy Jennifer Honeybourn’s Wesley James Ruined My Life so much. It had all the makings of a really entertaining, fast-paced contemporary, but as soon as I got more acquainted with Quinn’s animosity for former friend Wesley James, it lost me. In truth, the only reason I ended up finishing this one instead of setting it aside was because it was so short. Quinn hatches an immediately plan to get rid of Wesley from her life as soon as he reenters it. He may be over their fal
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I thought this was going to be a cute and fluffy romance novel!

No such luck.

• Tudor Times is so overdramatic! Pretty sure it would be illegal to force your employees into the stocks.
• I waited for so long for the food truck on the cover to come into the story, but it was just one great big disappointment.
• Very sexualised romance. All this lust at first sight and pheromones, bleh.
• Quinn really didn't think this 'ruined my life' thing through, did she?
• And she was just horrible to Cale
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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she'd have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE ...more

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