Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#ARCReview: Right Girl Wrong Timing (Offsides #3) By Natalie Decker

Right Girl Wrong Timing
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: March 12th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Adaline Frost’s life officially sucks. Now that her BFF has found her true love, Addy is constantly stuck being the third wheel. On top of that, she hasn’t started her junior project yet, so her advisor pairs her up with what could only be described as the “Reject Breakfast Club.” Instead of the weirdo and the troublemaker, Addy is forced to work with two stoners, a popular girl, and her crush, Austin Reed, the jock who broke her heart.

Austin Reed is sick of being labeled “dumb jock.” If he doesn’t get an A on this project, he can kiss his future goodbye. Austin thought he’d gotten lucky being partners with the very nerdy Adaline Frost, but boy was he wrong. Addy jumps down his throat about his being late and calls him names like “manwhore” on the daily. She has no idea Austin works before and after school in order to help his mom with the bills. Yeah, he’s made mistakes and has had lots of girlfriends, but he doesn’t need Adaline Frost to remind him of it every time he sees her.

When I saw the description for this book, I thought it sounded right up my alley. I love a good contemporary romance, and enemies to lovers is a trope I enjoy. I hate to admit it, but this one just really missed the mark for me. It seemed like I could read this one without having read books one and two, but the book starts out explaining why Adaline and Austin are fighting, and it just felt like I missed some things. I think you can still read this one without reading the others, but I do think it makes it feel a little disjointed.
I know that this is book geared towards teens and high school can be dramatic and everything is the end of the world, but I felt like the plot of the book played this up a little too much. I know I haven't been a teen in a long time, but the miscommunication and the immaturity of the characters didn't feel that realistic to me. Also, I am generally curious, do teens still use a lot of abbreviations in text messages? I had a flip phone and didn't have texting in high school, and I know a lot of us used it back in the day (I swear I'm not that old) because we all had T9. It's something I wonder about whenever I see it in books now.

I did like that the book also deals with Adaline's struggle to figure out college and what she wants to do. I think it's an issue a lot of kids have and it's a hard thing to tell a kid okay figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life at 16 so you can go to the right college. I also liked that it explores poverty and what kids have to do to help their families when it came to Austin's situation.

I just really couldn't connect with either Adaline or Austin in the end, and I found them both annoying. I also just didn't really buy the romance between the two of them. It was just fighting, fighting, fighting, let's kiss, fighting, fighting, let's kiss again, fighting, let's go out and the end.

I think this book just wasn't for me, but I don't want to discount it for others that might enjoy it. If you like drama-filled books with an enemy to lovers story, this might be for you, but the actions of the characters just never clicked right with me.

*I received an advanced reader's egalley via the publisher in exchange for my review.

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