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One of the Girls (Friendzone Book 1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  41 reviews

Senior Nick Moody is the second string quarterback on Roosevelt High School’s championship football team. He’s crushed on Mia for years, but she doesn’t know he exists. It’s time to come off the bench and into the game. Nick refuses to graduate without getting the girl or the glory.

Mia Ashlock is the remarkably kind cheer captain. She’s a
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published June 20th 2019 by Bluefields
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Katie W
This is one of those feel-good sweet high school romances that totally took me back in time. Daniels has a talent for creating a realistic teen scene with believable characters who my teenage self wants to be friends with.

Nick's football career doesn't seem to be taking in off the bench much, so he decides to try out for the cheerleading team, since he's a great tumbler. That and it will get him closer contact with his crush. Okay...what kind of high school boy has the confidence to break the
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is one of the more well rounded YA books I have read lately. Yes, much of the book occurs at school or at school functions, but we get the characters in home and family life as well. It provided a more realistic base for their motivations and desires.

These characters were so easy to like and so easy to root for. I really fell in love with Nick- how could I not? He is forging his own path through some pretty tough terrain. He's pushing against social norms, standing up to his grandfather and
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was pretty cute, if slightly unrealistic. I adored Nick, though. There was some fun banter and I shipped the romance.
Lissa Hawley
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is now my favorite Robin Daniels book. Her swooniest hero, who is unabashedly himself, and a perfectly happy ending.
Susan K
Romance, clean; Y/A Some suggestive language and situations, so more PG-13
This was told from alternating points of view. Fun to see both characters as they dance around their attraction and try to work out their issues and problems. Sweet romance, some locker room mentality type situations, so not totally 'clean' per se.
Mia and Nick were both genuine, honest characters, trying to figure out life, each other, and their athletic commitments and friendships. Cute and fun, some unique twists and
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the slow burn and the time it took for the characters to establish a friendship first before a relationship. I also really liked that we got to see the family life of the characters and the work life as well, that not everything took place at school, giving the characters a balanced life that greatly appealed to me.
I always enjoy first person narrative as it feels more personal and as though we can get into the person’s head, seeing their thoughts. The characters were great and
When the second-string QB quits football to try out for the cheer squad...

... hilarity ensues! :) I loved this premise, and the story did not disappoint.

I adore Nick and Mia, and it's great to see them both learn to stand up for themselves. I love the supporting characters, too: Sean is a great - if slightly annoying - goofball of a BFF, and the cheer squad is a lot of fun to be around.
I like both Nick and Mia's moms, especially Nick's mom is one formidable lady!

One of my favorite quotes
The YA books I read typically have more depth than this one, which is a straight-out teen romance. I suspect I would have enjoyed this even more as a teen than as an adult.

Because Nick and Mia were such likable characters and the author captures so well the "does he/she LIKE-like me or not" angst of the teenage years, the story really grew on me. By the second half, I was eager to see Nick and Mia become a couple.

A clean read, but not in a saccharine way, including a bit of common teenage
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book almost made me want to go back to high school. New to me author. All the wit and sarcasm that you’d expect in this genre, but plenty of heart and swoony moments. I appreciated the different perspective of football players and cheerleaders. Loved all the characters involved and completely enjoyed Mia and Nick’s journey. A great high school read for any age!
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved this YA book and the way it looked beyond the surface to what deeper issues the teens were facing. Nick is not just a typical football player- he has hidden skills of gymnastics abilities that he enjoys more than being a benched quarterback, but even more importantly- he is a genuinely nice guy. Aren't those the best heroes? I loved watching him come out of his shell as he does his best to subtly pursue Mia and learn more about himself as he defies the social norms of his school and ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadly I was never on the cheerleading squad in high school, but I was apart of the marching band and drill team, and what I fondly remember is the camaraderie. Reading One of the Girls made me feel nostalgic, bringing back some good memories and making me wish I could go back in time and relive that carefree time in my life.

From beginning to end, this book is utterly charming. Watching sweet, lovable Nick go from the football sidelines to the cheerleading squad, staying true to himself, and
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This YA romance was super cute. Nick is a second-string football player who has crushed on Mia for years. She’s the head cheerleader and most popular girl at school. She’s also a complete sweetheart and pushover when it comes to guys and her friends. She isn’t able to stand up for herself. When her star-quarterback boyfriend breaks up with her, Nick yearns to swoop in to pick up the pieces of her heart. But he’s only an acquaintance and has no normal way to talk to her, without looking dumb. And ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Overall, this book is really cute! I enjoyed Nick and Mia as a couple—and I loved that Nick wasn't your typical alpha male. He definitely didn't fit the mold of most YA heroes, which I appreciated.

The book is written well and contains a few twists I wasn't anticipating. The romance is pretty swoony, and it was easy for me to root for Nick and Mia. I did wish that Mia wasn't such a doormat (not in regard to Nick, but pretty much with everyone else in her life). She did learn to stand up for
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, lrobb, lroa, favorites
One of the Girls by Robin Daniels was so refreshing! It's been a while since I've read a High school romance that didn't involve cheating or petty stuff like that. Also, I surprised myself by loving this as much as I did. I mean, Mia and Nick's story sucked me in pretty much form its first chapter, and I've loved every second of it! I especially enjoyed their characters, and how they're not your (stereo)typical jock and cheerleader. I found myself rooting for Nick from the beginning, and can I ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robin Daniels brings humor into the teen crush in this sweet high school romance. Full of angst, friendship and miscommunication this book is fun through and through.
What happens when a second string quarterback joins the cheer squad? He becomes “One of the Girls”.
Nick has been crushing on Mia for years. When he finds out cheer tryouts are coming up he decides to check it out. He’s done gymnastics his whole life so maybe this is his chance to get to know her. There are two problems—his Grandpa
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Opening line:
"I'm in love with Amelia Ashlock--same with as a hundred other guys in Roosevelt High school."

Cute high school romance told from two points of view with a lots of humor.
Nick's grandpa is the football coach--and Nick sits on the bench. What no one knows is that Nick is an amazing gymnast and pretty good dancer. He's tired of being the tackling punching bag. He's also had a crush on Amelia since they started high school.
Mia is the head cheerleader and just got dumped by her
Cristie of Crops and Craps and Things Long Since Past
My mother's voice rang through my head. "A lady would never throw herself at a boy."
That was problematic, since every time he touched me, I forgot I was a lady.

I'm ashamed to say that I've read this many chick-flicks in so little time, but I care more about cataloging all my reads for my yearly goal than I do about my reputation.

She swatted me on the arm. In addition to texting, there'd been a lot more touching this week. Most of it was stuff like a light punch or gentle slap. I wasn't
Krista Heit Valentine
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good.

When I started this book I was expecting the same ol, same ol. Don't get me wrong I enjoy those books which is why I read them but never surprised and just use them as light reads in between heavier series. This one, however, was wonderfully unique and so very cute. I really fell in love with the characters and I loved how the story came together. I loved that Nick was genuine where most of the time it is someone trying a ploy to get the girl and then learns a lesson, but Nick
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be so-so, but it's actually really cute. Nick is a football player whose butt is glued to the bench, while having a huge crush on the beautiful cheerleader, Mia. Mia is a beautiful, kind cheerleader who is never single. To help his game with the girl and avoid the bench, Nick joins the cheerleaders. What could have been ridiculous ends up being sweet. Nick and Mia are both wonderful, kind, fun characters that manage to be realistic and relatable. There is some language and ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I read Girl at Heart first, and I just had to read this one.

It didn't disappoint. It was cute, sweet and funny. Nick was an absolute doll. Strong enough to decide to do what he wants, instead of following in someone's shadow.

Mia was concerning though. With all her Miss Manners and whatnot her mother taught her, it really concerned me. She would literally go out with anyone, because they asked. Why on Earth would anyone teach their kid, boy or girl, to not have any kind of boundaries? Or
Jamie M
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love is not a strong enough word...

Love is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this book, and how it is seriously one of my favorite YA books I have read. I laughed so hard so many times, when I first read the description I wasn’t sure if I would like this idea of a boy going out for cheerleading. I’m kind of into tough guys I guess, and was worried how that would work—no need to! everything about it was great, the chemistry was awesome, I loved this book so much!!!!! !
Marilyn Smith
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nick is a second string quarterback with a father and grandfather to follow in their footsteps. He’s secretly loves a cheerleader since his freshman year and watched her date the wrong guys. His friend jocks that he should try out for cheerleading instead of football since he’s done gymnastics before. But if he’s a football player her in the friend zone but doesn’t want to be. She likes him for along time but he’s in the friend zone but how can they come together to be more? Will he do football ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well done, responsible YA romance

This was surprisingly good for a YA read. I love how they became friends first and were always respectful. So down to earth characters. So many YA books get raunchy, but this stayed clean but still believable for modern youth while emulating a positive dating model with charachters growing in authentic self-confidence. Well done.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story line! I loved the characters and the relationship with the hero and heroine! It was a delightful read and I flew through it! Can't wait to let my teen read it! AND my friends! It made me smile from start to finish...even when it was stressful! I just loved it!
Flora W.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! It was sweet, charming, and so funny that I laughed out loud at times. Nick was so adorable and Mia too. Secondary characters Sean, Cassie, and Stacie were awesome as well. Clean teen romance that I highly recommend.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It’s a high school romance, but it didn’t feel like every other one I’ve read. The characters were real and likable, the romance was sweet and fun. It was a great story. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre.
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Like I said above, this book is connected to Oram’s by the setting and some characters. It actually came out first, but it doesn’t matter which order you read them in. I had never read a book by Robin Daniels before, but I want to read more of them now. I loved One of the Girls just as much as Girl at Heart. This book was opposite that one as it was a boy joining the cheerleading squad. Nick was joined to use his gymnastics skills and to win cheerleading captain Mia’s heart. It was so sweet and ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Ive read " one of the girls " it was nice new concept ,, i gave it 3.5 out of 5
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, young-adult
This book was SO MUCH FUN! I laughed so hard. I loved Mia and her friends were hilarious. I loved Nick! Good, clean, fun! Delightful!
James Calhoon
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good five star !

Good clean High school romance. I enjoyed reading this book and the first in the new series. You will also like it give it a try.
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