What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Double Clutch by Elizabeth Reinhardt

With a flourish and a bow, I've taken a dramatic exit from my cozy cocoon of paranormal and supernatural lovefest (and clearly feeling a little overdramatic today) to read Liz Reinhardt's novel, Double Clutch. Here's the summary from Goodreads: What happens when you fall for the perfect guy...twice...in one day?

Brenna Blixen spent her freshman year homeschooling in Denmark; now that she's back in the States, she's determined to make her sophomore year unforgettable. And by unforgettable, she imagined awesome classes, fun friendships, and maybe a little romance.

What she got was a whole lot of romance, and all at once.

The same day that dark, brooding Saxon Maclean charmed her with his killer good looks and whip-smart wit, Jake Kelly stole her breath away with his heart-wrenching smile and intelligent, thoughtful focus.

But Saxon is a proud player who makes it clear that he doesn't know why he can't get Brenna off of his mind and out of his system, and Jake's sweet and humble attitude hides a secret past life that might be darker and more complex than Brenna is willing to deal with.

Complicating the matter is the fact that Saxon and Jake were once best friends and are now arch-enemies...and the more Brenna finds out about their connection to each other, the more intrigued and worried she becomes.

Between keeping the peace with her lovingly over-protective parents, designing t-shirts for her high school's rising punk band, keeping up her grades in classes split between academic and technical high school, and running the track like a maniac, Brenna has enough to worry about with out juggling two guys who make her heart thud and drive her crazy all at once.

She has to make a choice, but how is she supposed to do that when giving her heart to one of them might mean breaking the other's?


I'm going to be honest - if I saw this book on the shelf at my bookstore and read the back of it, I'd probably buy it. I know a lot of people seem to be over the whole love triangle thing, but I love it. Team Jacob, Team Edward, Team Peeta, Team Gale, Team whoever! Woohoo. I'm down. Bring it on!

What I liked: 1) Brenna. She was very well-developed as a character, plus, she was kind of awesome. I think that's why I related to her so much. We're both kind of awesome. ;-) Honestly, Brenna is a great example of a teenage character. She didn't act immature, but she also didn't act too mature either. Surprisingly, there is a fine line between those, and Miz Reinhart managed to stay right where she needed to be. She's fully-developed too. It's not just about Brenna and her budding relationship with either of these guys. We learn about her interests and hobbies and relationships with other people. I definitely appreciated that. 2) Brenna's relationship with her Mom. It just reminded me of my relationship with my mom, and made me happy. My mom and I are besties, she's the greatest. 3) Humor. There was a lot of great humor sprinkled all throughout the book. The jokes do not interrupt the flow of the plot, which is one of the most common errors I find in humorous stories. 4) The flow. I really liked how nicely the plot flowed. There were no interruptions in action, or any big jumps in the plot line. Everything moved very seamlessly. 5) Let's talk for a second about Saxon and Jake. Hm...both of these guys rank right up there with my other swoon-worthy boys. It's easy to see why Brenna can fall for both of them. Jake is the more...obvious, I think. Or, at least for me he is. The things that just had my heart stopping for Saxon were the more hidden parts of his personality, the part that he doesn't let everyone see.

What I didn't like: 1) Okay, to clarify, this isn't so much something that I didn't like, as something that I think will be detrimental to the book: The Love Triangle. Oh, demon of all (and being dramatic again), love triangles! We're so sick of them! No. I'm not, and I've already said I'm not. I can read love triangles all the live long day so long as they are compelling and have hot boys in them. But in my general working knowledge of "what people say on book blogs" - the love triangle is getting old. I, for the record, can't get enough of them. 2) This one's all me: The ending smacked me in the face. Not so much as the ending event was a surprise, but it came out of no where. Suddenly, the book was over. I'm guessing it's all cliff-hanger-y. I just wasn't ready for it to be over.

Overall thoughts: A light-hearted and easy read with all the great elements of teen chick lit! Hot boys, raging hormones, quirky best friends, and a main character who just isn't sure how to handle it all, set against a high school backdrop. What more can you ask for really? I was drawn into the story from page one and was so immersed that I read all 300+ pages in one sitting. Plus, there is a sneak peak of Junk Miles, the next book in the Brenna Blixen series, and it's made me hungry for more!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

2 comments:

  1. I'm very glad you saw yourself in Brenna because I totally agree...AWESOME!! And I am so happy you liked the mom connection. I am also very, very close to my mom and wanted to make my character have the same relationship!

    THANK YOU for the lovely review and for taking agreeing to read my book ;)! I love your blog and can't wait to get more books for my TBR list from you!

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  2. Thanks so much for your review! I have this book coming up on my TBR list and the more reviews I read the more I want to read it immediately. ;)

    I'm so excited to get started on it.

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