About the book:
Title: The Rebound
Author: Lynn Stevens
Published: December 2019
Source: Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
Rachel Westbrook has it all: looks, money, prestige. What she doesn’t have is a good reputation.
She’s tired of being the rebound girl.
Rachel When her friend Vicky proposes a blind-ish date with Adam Marshall, Rachel thinks she might actually have a chance to turn things around. Then she sees Adam checking out his ex-girlfriend Heather. She knows how to play this game. She’s played it before.
Rachel But Adam doesn’t want Rachel to be just his ruse to get over his ex, he wants to help Rachel change her reputation. They make a deal to fake a relationship until they can both move on.
Rachel Now Rachel’s falling for an unavailable guy. She focuses on her three-person basketball team to keep her sane as they prepare for a tournament they need to win. Except Adam’s on her mind more than he should be.
Rachel Adam opens up to her, and she’s not sure if it’s authentic or all part of the game. When tragedy strikes, can she turn to him for a shoulder to cry on? Or would that only lead to more heartache?
Rachel As Rachel discovers things aren’t always what they seem, she has to figure out if what she has with Adam is legit or if she really is just another rebound.
I liked this book 😊 It was an easy teenage romance with its corresponding high school drama. The writing flows easily and for me, it was a quick read. Some of the elements in the plot seemed a little forced but it did not bother me too much.
Adam and Rachel come from two different worlds. They make an arrangement that would set both of them on the right track, somehow. She is looking to clean up her reputation of being “the rebound girl” while he wants to get over his ex. It should be no strings attached, just a mutually beneficial agreement. Still, at some point the lines start to blur. The main thing to look forward is what makes them realize in the end the truth? The journey until there is really nice.
There are two interesting items to mention or to underline from the story. The author did a really great job describing teenage life, with relationship conflicts, friendships and reputation in high school. Rachel deals with a lot and everything that happened to her is shaping her personality and is defining how she reacts in certain situations. Rachel had a traumatic event at one point in her life, which defines the self-doubt, or the fears she has from relationships.
Another interesting fact is how the author is addressing the financial status of each character. The reach characters are not as insufferable as one would expect. Even Rachel is mentioning that she does not want to show off and flash money around, but she does understand the importance of money. I like the fact that the characters are not so superficial.
Overall, I did enjoy it. It was a book that relaxed me, it kept me on the edge from chapter to chapter, so it was a good read. Maybe too much teenage drama but I liked it nonetheless. Happy reading!