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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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. ...more
Pick this one up and definitely give it a read!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Finding she has Jace's notebook becomes even more shocking when she real ...more
Firstly, I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The authors have d ...more
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....more
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 ...more
When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies ...more