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Gutter Girl

(Twin River High #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Star football player Jace Rovers has a secret. And not just any secret—a shocking secret… He writes romance. The kind with swords. And dresses. And kissing.

Nobody knows. Not the other kids at Twin River High. Not his overbearing parents. And certainly not the millions of fans who’ve read his book on the writing platform Scribbles. And that’s the way he plans to keep it.

ebook, 294 pages
Published May 10th 2021 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Teen)
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Sofie |
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it


It’s a romance fantasy story? Holy shit, Jocktastic Jace Rovers writes books with make-out scenes?

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the eARC for review!

When McKenna and Jace collide in the hallway and accidentally swap notebooks, McKenna discovers his biggest secret: He’s the author of Kingdom of Swords, one of the most popular fantasy romance stories on Scribble, a self-publishing platform. Fine. McKenna can keep a secret. Only when they go to switch
Jessica Reads It
Invisible girl, a supportive best guy friend, and a secret crush on a popular hot footballer who happens to write fantasy romance in his spare time- hello recipe for absolute messy perfection! I am here for the high school smackdown teen drama and I don’t care who knows it!

Gutter girl covers very relevant themes such as stereotyping, stigmatisms related to mental illness, bullying, controlling parents, and an underlying theme of female empowerment.

Mckenna is forced to grow up at a young age an
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an E-Arc of Gutter girl in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own :)


I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this that much.
Upon reading the description of this book, I felt that I would not enjoy it so much because of the fact that Jace felt he needed to hide his secret just since he was a "jock". I felt a bit annoyed because your gender DOESN'T MATTER. ANYBODY can write romance nove
Lisa Mandina
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So I’ve read one other book by these authors, In the Penalty Box, and I really enjoyed it! So I was worried I wouldn’t have time to fit this one in when the blog tour was announced. Fortunately I was able to and so let me tell you how much I liked this one.

I liked the idea about how the popular football player was writing a romance story. But it was more than just a romance. It also was a fantasy, with swords and all the interesting storylines that can go with that. Scribbles was basically a sit
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
I found Gutter Girl to be the perfect mix of humor, angst and sweet moments that have me hooked to YA!

Jace and McKenna come from two totally different worlds but a chance encounter leads them on the biggest discovery! As they start to spend more time together they learn that there is more to other! Navigating high school is never easy add in secrecy and it becomes harder! But these two will do what it takes to see their dreams come true!

I loved McKenna’s fighting spirit! She was strong willed
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was SUPER cute and fun to read. The characters and their personalities/struggles were three-dimensional, the dialogue both internal and external was hilarious, quick-witted, and kept me reading. I did not want to stop reading and finished most of it in one day! The setup of a football player who also writes fantasy stories secretly and the high school's "goth girl" (social anxiety rep) who covers for him when someone reads part of his stories out loud intrigued me right away when reading th ...more
Sowmya (bookishelflife)
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the authors for my ebook! I had no idea I would enjoy this book as much as I did, Maybe I am showing my age but I honestly no longer lean towards high school romance BUT boy! I was pleasantly surprised. It’s such a feel good storyline and will definitely make you fall for the MC’s Jace and Kenna!

Jace the football star of Twin River High and Mckenna the outcast, who would think two polar opposites would fit perfectly with each other like puzzle pieces ?Jace and McKenna characters are la
May 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, netgalley
I liked this one but wasn't in love with it. It had some sweet romance and lovely stereotype flipping, but there were also many other parts I wasn't a fan of.

Starting on a positive note, as I mentioned, I love how this book flipped a few gender stereotypes on their heads. The big one was saying how it's totally okay (great, actually) for guys to write fantasy romance novels. One of our main characters, Jace, writes "kissing books" and is terrified for anyone to find out. I love how the authors d
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
McKenna and Jace…so not a combination you ever saw coming...but sometimes the best ones are.

I adored how McKenna was so KICK BUTT. She shied away from the spotlight, and stuck to her circle of one friend, all thanks to unfortunate situations in her home life, and yes, I know that doesn’t sound kick butt worthy, but hang on. When she saw someone in trouble, someone in her direct path who wasn’t ever anything but nice to her, she stuck her neck out. She may not have saved them bodily, but she sav
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for an arc copy of this title. All opinions are my own.

One sentence review: I highly recommend this fun YA romance for its: a novel storyline, great characters, and tackling of substantive issues like bullying and mental illness in the home.

Okay I really couldn't do this book justice in one sentence. When I read the synopsis that this was about a high school football player, Jace Rovers, who secretly writes fantasy romance - well I was sold. Add in that the soci
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-releases
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this Arc in exchange for a honest review...

I love love loved this! I honestly found this very relatable and on topic of current readers.

It made me happy that instead of a soppy hopeless romantic teenage girl writing fantasy books where there is sex, passion and fluff, that it's a teenage boy who has a passion for writing it. I think it was important for the writer in the story to be a male because it shows people how writing love and fluf
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

McKenna Storm wants to avoid the attention and spotlight more than anything, and at Twin River High, she manages to do that - mostly - though she is known as the resident goth. But when she and star footballer Jace Rovers run into each other in the hall, and his notebook containing his hit fantasy romance is picked up by his fellow team mates, she takes the fall and now it's not just her classmates who want
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Big thanks to Entangled Teen for an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was cute with a lot of angst. I was very much reminded of the books I enjoyed when I was younger (high school middle school) especially with the online writing aspect. I honestly had a lot of fun with this book but felt that it was very angsty when it didn't need to be. The romance was cute but stereotypical, especially for white suburbia. I would definitely recommend this fo
Felicity  Barons
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of easy to read YA novels and this book hits the ticket! It's the second one I have read from Blount & Rush and I loved it. I started reading in the morning with a cup of tea and finished by midafternoon!

The characters are well rounded and engaging and the relationships between them are genuine and engaging. It has a few solid twists and turns and a very sweet ending. Plus I loved the sweet cross-over references to their other novel "In The Penalty Box".

The story solidly reminds
Samantha Kelley
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it

Thank you to Kelly Anne Blount and Lynn Rush for reaching out and sending me their new story for an honest review! I loved their story; In the Penalty Box, so I knew this one would be just as good. This is out next week!

As someone who grew up loving to write and tell stories, I seriously would read my awful stories to my parents for hours (Bless them), I totally loved and could relate to Jace’s character. It was fun watching him come up with his Kingdom of Swords story and how peopl
May 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Overall, I enjoyed this book and Jace is definitely swoon worthy.

I think I just have some difficulty with characters that get mad for the littliest things. It takes away part of my enjoyment of the book.
I have to admit though, the inclusion of mental illness is always important (although I cannot speak for the represention of bipolar disorder).

I do recommend it as a quick book to read if you want to find a book boyfriend haha
Ash  Grey
May 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Premise was interesting.
Started out pretty well.
But unfortunately my interest waned.

The chemistry was okay-ish sort. Not that exciting so after a while I felt most scenes were like Already Seen , Got the Book (ASGB™) sort. I finished the book but wasn't too happy about it.
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I will have the full review up on my blog with some author tidbits thrown in, but I wanted to thank Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for the e-ARC of this lovely book! I love the writing styles of Blount and Rush and this was no exception. McKenna and Jace were adorable together and I loved the opposites attract aspect of them. They are so different but fit together so well and I was all about it!!!

Pick this one up and definitely give it a read!
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Entangled: Crush for approving my request and sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.

TRIGGER WARNING: anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, manic episodes.

McKenna Storm has one mission: to remain invisible until graduation - or try to go as unnoticed as possible, given that, thanks to her total black look and pink-dy
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher one exchange for an honest review.*

This book was okay. I didn't love it or hate it, but it could have been better. But the book description falsely says that McKenna agrees to help Jace "for a price"; she never manipulates or demands anything from him. The writing was pretty average, and the characterizations were decent. Chapters alternated between Jace and McKenna, each of them having a fairly distinct voice. I likely would have enjoyed
Desirae Clark
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Gutter Girl is a perfect rom-com to read in one sitting. If you're looking for a book to read on a plane or a book to take with you on a beach, this is a great choice!

When I first opened this book, I was pleasantly surprised by the trigger warnings page. It's rare for me to find books with trigger warnings included but when they do contain them, they're always a big plus.

Prior to reading the book, I do have to say that the thing that captivated
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: publicity-reads
GUTTER GIRL is a unique YA contemporary romance that follows two main characters, Jace and McKenna. McKenna is an outcast by choice. After her father abandoned her, leaving McKenna to hold her mother and life together, McKenna put up walls in the form of her bubble that she won't let anyone but her BFF Ernie through. When she accidentally collides with Jace, her childhood crush and jock, their books get mixed up and swapped.

Finding she has Jace's notebook becomes even more shocking when she real
megan (wingsandfables)
I had some pretty high expectations for this book going in since I loved the blurb for it so much and I was not disappointed! There are so many things to like about this book. From the way it spins stereotypes on their heads to the heavier topics it addresses such as parental and peer expectations to showing that there is always more to a person than what meets the eye. This is a great first book to what looks like a series of companion novels all taking place in the same high school.

Firstly, I
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
TW: Bipolar episodes

This was such a cute and for the most part fluffy read!

Gutter Girl is the story of McKenna and Jace. They’ve gone to school together since kinder but haven’t really run with the same crowd. Kenna had a crush on Jace in the third grade but nothing ever came of it and since the sixth grade her life has taken a 180.

Kenna’s mother has bipolar disorder and is on and off her medication. Her episodes led to Kenna’s dad taking off and abandoning them, leaving Kenna to take care of
Tonja Drecker
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Trust, opening up, finding ones-self, knowing when to seek help, true friendship, and chasing dreams all mold into a cute romance, which leaves a smile on the face.

McKenna has one goal—leave town as soon as graduation hits. Since her family rammed disaster around her sixth grade year, she's been keeping her head low, trying to stay invisible, while dealing with her mother's disease while keeping life going alone. She's almost made it until keeping her head down causes a collision in the school's
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I am not going to lie by saying that this book was super unpredictable and kept me on the edge, because the end is pretty predictable, because it's a high school romance book, so we all know the ending. (duh) But what's unique about this book, is how it tackles new characters, and breaks all sorts of stereotypes! This book cannot really be sorted into a trope like "bad girl and nerdy girl", or even "footballer and introverted shy girl." The characters are what caught my heart!
The authors have d
Diah Saptari
May 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc

Thank you Net Galley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC, i voluntarily read and reviewed of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I'm so hook with McKenna, she's so brave, tough, brutal honest and sarcastic, oh i really love her !!!

"You hate people that much ?"
"It's not people I hate, it's what they say and do"

McKenna always put people out of her bubble, she just want to stay hidden, not to attract people attention, graduate and leave her hometown, where no one know her or her story.

May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Gutter Girl is a young adult contemporary romance by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount. It is the first book in the Twin river high series and I loved it! I have read these authors together and individually and I am big fans of both of them. They are charming romances that are a ton of fun. I loved the idea behind Gutter Girl, and I think this book will be perfect for fans of YA contemporaries and fans of wattpad and fictionpress. (I used to love reading stories on fictionpress and! ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t tend to read contemporary YA romance. I’m more a paranormal/historical romance fan. But the premise - popular jock guy has a secret that only invisible loner girl knows - intrigued me so I thought I’d try it out.

Jace has a secret - he’s a super popular, super successful online fantasy romance writer. McKenna has cultivated a goth-type persona and is standoffish wit
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Lynn Rush, is a full-time writer, wife, and trail runner living in the Sonoran Desert, despite her fear of rattlesnakes. Known as #TheRunningWriter, Lynn can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop a scorpion.

When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies

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