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Genres: Contemporary fiction, young adult, romance

Stars: 5

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US

 

The Blurb:

Stung by an epic betrayal, Camy Cavanaugh relies on the sure things: her best friend, her job as peer tutor, and her safe spot on the sidelines of life. But when she hacks into a secret, trash-talking website, it ignites a war between the sexes that won’t end until the whole school is turned upside down–and Camy’s world is turned inside out.

Now the hottest girls in school refuse to date the A-List boys. But with the Homecoming dance looming, everyone from the queen bee to the girl “most likely to” pushes Camy to hook them up with guys from the nerd herd.

And then there’s quarterback, A-lister–and former crush–Gavin Madison. He hasn’t spoken to Camy in three years … but he’s talking now, begging her to pair the guys on the football team with girls from the Honor Roll.

It’s a contest of wills and everything is on the line–even Camy’s heart. Will she retreat to the sidelines, or will she find the courage to get back in the game?

 

My Review:Β 

A witty, heart-warming, and fun modern take on Lysistrata (Ancient Greek play where the women hold back erm favours in order to convince the men to end the war).

Camy is quiet, has one (male) best friend, and spends her free time tutoring (and not just because the tutor room has the best the view of the football field). But when she accidentally stumbles upon an explosive website and forwards it to the school’s Queen Bee, all the hottest girls in school are clamouring to be set up with the non A-list boys. And then there’s Camy’s old crush, Gavin, who is asking for the revenge… in the form of geek girls for his A-list team. It’s war… and it’s going to be messy.

There’s something so endearing about this book about a quiet yet strong girl that has brains and looks and doesn’t know it. And the link with Lysistrata, which flowed throughout the book, is so apt in the current climate. But it was the strength of character that Camy showed in overcoming her sporting injury as a young girl and re-inventing herself before the book even began that had me rooting for her from the start. Pacy, realistic, surprisingly deep, witty, and all-round lovely, this is one I will be re-reading in years to come. Highly recommended.

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