Title: The Backup Girlfriend
Author: Emma Doherty
Release Date: October 15, 2020
Length: 330 pages
Abigail Baker has messed up. She’s in her last couple of months of high school, and all anyone thinks of her is that she’s the mean girl of Grove Valley High School who doesn’t care about anything.
But she does.
She cares about the state of her relationship with her parents and how damaged it is, she cares that she can’t trust if her best friend is actually loyal to her or about to stab her in the back, she cares that her ex is crazy happy without her and she has to witness it every day, and she definitely cares when she’s told that, because of her behavior and complete lack of interest in school over the last few months, her grades have dropped to the point where she might not graduate.
She’s definitely messed up.
Step in Brett Sanderson, the smartest guy in school and the only person who’s capable of helping her pull her grades up enough to graduate.
Only Brett isn’t Abigail’s biggest fan and refuses to help her unless she sets him up on a date with her friend. That’s fine with Abigail, because he does nothing but annoy her—that is, until he starts to make her smile, until she starts to look forward to their tutoring sessions, until she starts to trust him with things she’s never told anyone before.
But she’s stupid to start liking him, because it isn’t her he likes.
And one thing she does know for sure?
She’s done being everyone’s backup.
**** My Review ****
I signed for this ARC, I received the book and my first thought was: “What the hell was I thinking?” I thought about replying and explaining that I cannot read and review this one, since high school romances are not my cup of tea, no way. But the professional in me won, and I started reading the book. The best decision ever!!!!
As I turned the pages and got more involved in the plot, I wasn’t sure what to think, I was expecting many things, but definitely not this riveting exploration of physical appearance, status and family issues that hide behind academic achievement. Skills and opportunities overshadowed by the basic need to be loved and accepted as who you truly are, friends and family as the essential pillars of the social beings that we are.
Between exploring such relevant isuues, the author manages to interwave the sweet, love story of Abigail and Brett, two totally opposite characters who somehow seem right for each other. Different goals, different agendas, different paths…but they all lead to the same destination: love and acceptance. She- the gorgeous, popular, yet insecure and unaware of her worth. He- smart as a whip, ambitious, even cocky, yet worthless according to some wicked norms of the modern society. She wears her mask, and he wears his, but what will happen once the masks are removed?
Offering a well-differentiated cast of fully developed main and secondary characters, the great emphasis on the importance of friends and family and what it means to accept your true self, the author manages to create a high school romance story with thought- provoking as well as sweet moments that the readers will simply love.
It simply cannot be labelled as a story for one type of audience or another. It is a story that contains elements that will satisfy every reader, who loves interesting love stories.
Somewhere between the pages, in one moment when the teacher started to consider the ways students are perceived, the way they are educated, I realized that the book gave me piles of topics to think about. The parent in me started to doubt about the way the children are brought up, and the teenager in me starts to swoon over the love story, then I realized that I was more than glad to decide to read the story.
The theme seems quite common, classic high school setting, the inevitable characters- popular kids( cheerleaders and football players) and nerd on the other side, but the plot and the way this book is presented make it quite fabulous choice for every book reader. Definitely, a book that should be read by every romance book lovers.
*****About the Author****
Emma Doherty is a writer from England, UK.
Most of her time is spent day dreaming and creating new stories. Far too much time is also spent looking up flights as she plans her next getaway in the sun!