Book Review(s): The Offsides Series

Right Text, Wrong Number
Offsides Book 1
by Natalie Decker
Genre: YA Sports Contemporary Romance
306 pages
Cheerleader Layla and football player Tyler are complete opposites. She thinks
he’s the biggest jerk in school and he thinks she’s too high on her
horse to even be worth a second glance. When the two of them are near
one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They can hardly
endure speaking, let alone dating. 
But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the
girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no
idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot
resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk
pictures, cheating, and girl code.
As the fallout from Adam’s scandalous texts plays out in front of the
entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text each other
using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for
the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. Maybe
it’s time to come clean about who they are and risk taking the
relationship from texts to dates, then kissing, and maybe more.
They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to
the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?

My Review

The „Offsides” series is a good one to pass a weekend, dreaming about high school love and boy problems. I am not at all sorry to have spent a Friday and Saturday cozying with a nice cup of hot cocoa milk and these stories. So I am reviewing now both for you guys.

“Right Text Wrong Number” brings us Layla and Tyler, two high school students that can’t stand each other at all. They cannot be in the same room without bullying each other. But when she realizes her boyfriend was cheating on her, she writes a text to a number who is supposed to be the other girl’s. Little did she expect to have that text sent to Tyler. From here on, she finds a mysterious friend with whom she can be completely honest. Pretty soon, he’ll realize who the silly girl that texted him is and a battle will start between keeping their “text friendship” and appearances in school.

High school drama is all over this story. From parents too busy to care for their children, or children hiding from them to girl problems and betrayed friendships, this is your average love trouble any 16 year old may face. I liked how the couple behaved towards one another and how they came to learn things about each other. However, I think towards the end the action dragged a little. They were still arguing when things were pretty clear.

The book scores points from my end as it raises awareness towards the behavior teenagers have lately and how girls become easy (I hope I am allowed to use this term) and treat some intimate things lightly. But what most captured my attention was the fact that Layla is dyslexic. The author pointed out her struggle with coping with her problem and as well dealing with gossip about her not being able to read or write.

All in all, I am giving this book 3.5 stars (rounded to 4, only for these bonus points) and I do recommend it for a nice and quick read.

Right Kiss, Wrong Guy
Offsides Book 2
313 pages
You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her
pick of boyfriends. 
But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine,
whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded
made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her
sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making
business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is
Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared
tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet
Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.
Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask
Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to
have a shot with Layla’s sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet.
So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s
Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough,
Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face.
Juliet won’t play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a
Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.

My Review

Now, moving on to “Right Kiss Wrong Guy”, this brings us Layla’s twin sister’s story and Jared (Tyler’s best friend). At the end of book 1 we find out that Juliet’s boyfriend has eyes for other girls as well. After finally taking a chance on having a social life and a boyfriend, she has her heart crushed and faith in football players ruined forever. Little did she know that Jared has had his eyes on her for quite a while. Now he has to score a lot of points to win her confidence.

This battle that Jared has is not only with Juliet’s strong mind, but also with her entourage. He has to win her back because he just cannot stand seeing another guy with her. So he uses the approaching Valentine’s Day as an excuse to buy her secret presents. Faith has them partners in sole classes so he takes advantage of all these little moments he gets with her.

I liked it so much! I loved to see how Juliet’s heat melts piece by piece one she starts uncovering all Jared’s layers and once she understands he is really different. Her issues with football players will become a bad memory. But what I mostly liked about her was the way she owned her different character. She never tries to fit in. She is what she is, no makeup, no dress-up. Smart, strong and stubborn – I like it!

Without a doubt, 4 stars go to this book and all my happy thoughts to the author for this great high school romance book. Have fun reading J

Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series Rival Love, YA
series Offsides, and NA series Scandalous Boys. She loves her family,
her awesome dog, friends, carefree days, football, fuzzy blankets,
traveling, reading, cooking, writing, and is a huge Denver Broncos
fan. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she
believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. An
avid reader of everything. If she’s not at a Target or Starbucks
because those are her favs, she might be typing away on her laptop,
reading a book, hanging out with her amazing family, or she’s off
having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life
is your own journey, so make it amazing!
She loves interacting with fans.
Feel free to follow her on any of her
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