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Making Bad Choices

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  544 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Wake me from this forbidden dream.

Moving from Los Angeles to my father’s house in a small town in Colorado is supposed to be the fresh start I need. My broken heart will finally heal, and I’ll get a second chance at normalcy. That is the plan, anyway.

But moving into the bedroom next to my stepbrother Coulter makes life anything but normal. We hated each other since chi
Paperback, 404 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Melanie (mells_view)
“Baby, love is love is love. You can’t stop it; you can’t direct it; all you can do is hold on tight, and hope everything will be okay.”

This was an pretty good read. For some reason I thought it was NA, but it definitely reads more like a YA with some cussing/kissing/fade to black intimate bits. I liked the idea of the plot and the “twists” but they weren’t explained very well to be completely honest. I can’t say what exactly, because I don’t want to ruin the build to it, but there wasn’t much c
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
3.5 stars

Reread January 2018. Down to 3.5 from 4.5. I still enjoyed this melodramatic step brother story but second time around had a few more niggles with the writing. Specifically the overuse of names which always pisses me off in books. In this case, it wasn't extreme but the further along I got the more I noticed it. I will say that I was reading my original arc copy so this may have been rectified.


Sometimes you just need a bit of teen angst, and while there may not be anything d
Ammie *Ammie's Book Obsession*
4 “turn me into a puddle of mush” STARS

“Making Bad Choices” follows Cassie and Culter, who hated each other but eventually their hate turns into love. Cassie had been dealing with her mother’s illness for a long a time but loses her at her 18th birthday. After her mother’s death, she is taken in by her father and her step-mom and moves to Bulvin to live with them along with Josh(her half-brother) and Culter(her stepbrother). Cassie hates Culter with all her heart.



Wow! I found a new author that I love! I've already got two more of her books to read! I loved this! Of course, I really love angst. I knew the whole falling for your stepbrother thing would bring lots of angst. But this book was so much more than that.

Cassie lived alone with her mom and took care of her while her mom fought cancer since Cassie was 11 years old, she lost that fight on Cassie's 18th birthday. Now Cassie had to pick up and move from L.A. where she grew up, to some place called Bul
Nicolinia Spurgeon
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rita Stradling
Nov 28, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Cassie's world ended when her mother died and now she has to move from LA to Colorado and live with her stepfather. Cassie hates her stepbrother Culter and she is sure he feels the same. However when he arrives and offers to drive her to her new home she finds that he treats her with care. Starting a new school mid year should be trying but Culter, again, takes her under his wing. The messages she is getting from Culter are mixed and her feelings for him are anything but sisterly. What happens w ...more
This was an interesting read. It was not the usual stepbrother romance I read.
It had so much more into it, like family secrets and situations that were so much more complicated.

I enjoyed reading and the characters were great.
After the first chapter, I thought Culter was the typical idiot that acted like a god. But after reading it I actually did not get why the author started the book with Cassie making such strong accusations about the boy.

Anyway, Cassie and Culter were super cute together, the
Layla (Between the Lines)
I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. This has no bearing on my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've made a lot of bad decisions but reading this book was not one of them.

Here's the thing: This is not a literary classic, so you should not go into this book expecting it to be one. I've come to categorize books like this as guilty pleasures. This book isn't going to teach me any important life lessons but it will keep me entertained for a few hours. It's fluffy, it's
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for a decent clean romance
Recommended to JESSICA by:
"Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Who You Can Love! " — Aunt Daisy

What first got my attention, is the beautiful cover.. and I'm a sucker for hot for step-brother romance reads. I really enjoyed this sweet but clean young adult book. The storyline had just the right amount of anguish, drama, heartache and secrets. I enjoyed Culter and Cassie and watching as their love story unfolded! It was nice to read a book based on sexual attraction/chemistry between them without them jumping right into sex! I w
Kimberly LaRocco
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for review. I found myself truly liking this book and I’m not one to often read YA romance novels. I think the reason that I found myself so captivated by this book and unable to put it down was that the storyline and characters were so realistic. I found that minus the romance Cassie and Cutler were just normal teenagers going through life which by itself can be messy. Then you throw in the romance and the fact that Cutler is her stepbrother it just adds to the ov ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
“Making Bad Choices” was just such a great, entertaining read that I found myself utterly unable to put down once I picked up. Rita Stradling has a gift for writing characters that always have more going on under the surface than what you initially see, and I loved this novel for the complexity of the family dynamics especially.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when her mother passes after a drawn-out battle with cancer, and she leaves her comfortable life in LA to live with her father and s
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was a really good read that combined intense emotions of love, lust and grief with family secrets and the normal high school experiences explored in YA novels. I really loved the plot twists and was shocked by the messed up family secrets. Cassie and Culter's romance was really sweet especially how supportive he was of Cassie after her Mum died. This book was really interesting not only because of the page turning b
Rabid Reader
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an unedited ARC of this story on Wattpad and could not put it down. The story quickly pulls you in and you soon become captivated by both the characters and the storyline. The development of Cassie and Cutlers relationship is slow, sensual and has a beauty to it that you don't often find in YA romances. The convoluted family relationships are realistic and heart wrenching, and the taboo of Cutler being Cassie's stepbrother adds complexity, uncertainty and a hint of daring to the story. Th ...more
This is the story of Cassie. A girl whose family tree is a bit complicated. Oh, scratched that. Not a bit complicated but really complicated. At a young age, her usual hang out is the hospital to care for her mother who has cancer. When her mother died, she had to move from Los Angeles to Bulvin, Colorado to live with her Dad. In Bulvin, she will be living with her Dad's new wife Jen, her step-brother Josh and the other step-brother Culter--Jen's son from another man. Cassie used to have a crush ...more
Meghana Sarathy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, something-diff
The blurb of this book caught my interest since it was a taboo kind of romance. It was described as a love-hate relationship which is kind of true and kind of not. That being said, this book was a sweet college romance with essential dosage of family drama that adds complications to the story.

I Liked the whole set up. Cassie moves to a small town from LA to live with her dad after losing her mom to cancer. She has to share the house with her stepbrother Cutler and her stepmother Jen. Cutler als
Suzana Thompson
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, teen
I read this when it was called Making Bad Choices, and the audiobook is still under that title. I loved it so much that I even made a book trailer for it. Here is my review:
This is so incredibly good! The author got the teen characters just right. It was like I was hearing the conversations of real high school students, which was also due to the narrator being so spot on with the way they spoke. She didn't just get the sound of their voices right, but also the youthful inflections in their speec
Suzana Thompson
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, teen
This is so incredibly good! The author got the teen characters just right. It was like I was hearing the conversations of real high school students, which was also due to the narrator being so spot on with the way they spoke. She didn't just get the sound of their voices right, but also the youthful inflections in their speech. It is truly impressive. Their personalities shone through, and they are so realistically written. So many authors write teenagers as too jaded for their age or too immatu ...more
Aug 31, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died.

We’d hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him, and I thought the feeling was mutual. Then when I moved to my dad’s house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from being bitter enemies to . . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space and filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed,
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was a really great book! It was so much fun, and yeah, just really fantastic! Loved reading it!
Entrada Book Review
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Making Bad Choices is a teenage romance packed full of drama. When Cassie’s mom dies from cancer, she moves across the country to live with her father’s family, including her long-despised stepbrother. Her problems include getting used to a new school in a new town, but certainly don’t stop there.

This story is clearly a teenage tale, heavy on emotion and rapid-fire social catastrophes. In many ways, it’s reminiscent of after-school television from Disney or Nickelodeon aimed at teenagers, though
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great read. The story was great. I really enjoyed the family dynamic. I also really liked the plot twists. There were some shocking revelations by the family. However, I think the reason why I like this book a lot is the romance between Cassie and Culter. Culter was really supportive of Cassie when her mom died. This book had some great supporting characters such as Tyler and Culter and Cassie's aunt. I can't wait to r
Beyond the Pages
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Quick Summary: Good build up; heart wrenching conflict; typical drama; sweet YL
Rating: 3/4
Recommend: +
Status: M, R
Audience: M
Conflict/Drama: Yes
Chemistry/Intensity: Yes
Source: NetGalley
Svetla Peicheva
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
I was really excited when I got the book and begun it with great expectations which sadly didn't come true. This isn't a bad book, in case of writing and even plot line but it's for somebody who have never had experience with this genre therefore it's certainly not my piece of cake.
I didn't appreciate that I was promised a "love-hate" relationship and didn't even see a bit of it. The main characters were pretty identical, even though there are some attempts of individualisation. The characters
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is an amazing story. The tears and drama and love and friendship and mostly the secret. It's a very sweet coming of age love story with a huge dose of mystery. Cutler is charmingly sweet with a great sense of honor for a young man. Cassie is like a butterfly coming out of it's cocoon, learning how to live her life and find happiness after years of caring for her ill mother. I couldn't put this down until I found out the secret and the story behind it. Even if you don't normally read NA ...more
Blaise Ramsay
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed a free copy of the book provided by Lola's Blog Tours and the author. Thank you for the reviewing opportunity!

3.5 stars

*le sigh*

I'm at a point where I'm confused about my own thoughts, so writing this review has been unimaginably hard.

One moment I'm completely and irrevocably in love with Culter full-of-himself Fuller.

The next, I find myself getting annoyed at a simple storyline.

SO yes, it was a love/hate relationship with this book, but a solid 3.5 stars rati
Amy Shelton
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibraian – I Dig Good Books
Well, this book was kind of a surprise. I was on the fence as to whether I would enjoy it or not because of the “step brother romance” attached to its genre’s. Now, I’ve never read a “step-brother” romance, and the blurb really intrigued me, so I had to say yes, and give it a shot. I was nervous and worried that the “taboo” that comes along with it, would sway my mind as I read and would keep me from really giving it a chance. I’m tellin
Dannica Zulestin
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mf-romance
Not really my kind of thing, but still a pretty good book.

Cassie's mother has just died, so her life is uprooted so she can go live with her father, step-mother and step-brother, Culter, in a small town a couple states over. She hasn't seen her step-brother much in the past few years and is surprised to find he's much nicer than she remembered. Also much hotter. Soon they're making out behind closed doors, but they can't let anyone find out about their relationship because no one would accep
Gypsy Madden
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could have given this book higher than 5 stars, I would have. I adored every minute of it, and was reading it at every chance that I could. I love Coulter! From his constant smirking and smug attitude, to his messy hair, protectiveness, caring, determination to get his own way, and need for being close. Honestly, I’ve never really understood the taboo around step-siblings not being able to be together. Not to mention there were so many wonderful romantic scenes in this, and so much fun just ...more
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Rita Stradling has a BA in Art History and a particular interest in modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Her seven year old son wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

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