Published by Entangled: Crush on January 11th 2016
Series: Highschool Heartbreakers #1
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.
Not Okay, Cupid is the first book in the High School Heartbreakers series by Heidi R. Kling. Not Okay, Cupid is a young adult contemporary romance that I think would be fitting for a younger, young adult audience. The end of the book ended up being pretty cute, but it was a rough start for me. The book is told in dual narrative between Hazel and Felix. I really liked the dual narrative, and I really enjoyed Hazel and Felix. They were both good people and good characters, their voices just seemed so young and impulsive. (which I guess they are.)
I think a lot of people will enjoy this cute story of wanting to get revenge on your friend and ex, and ending up falling for the guy helping you enact said revenge. (I bet you can guess why revenge was needed…her best friend and ex boyfriend got together behind Hazel’s back.) But to set the scene, we were 4 percent into the book when Hazel and Felix walk into the school cafeteria and she sees her best friend (her best friend people!) and her current boyfriend all over each other. When she confronts them, the boyfriend couldn’t care less and just breaks up with her. I mean, who does that?? How could her best friend just think it is ok to blindside her freakin’ best friend by announcing to the whole school at lunch that she was with her boyfriend. And not even seem to care about it. The whole scene rubbed me the wrong way. Those two were not going to be the characters for me, no matter what they did to redeem themselves later on. They were just too immature and frankly, mean.
I read on because even though Hazel and Felix’s voices bugged me a bit, I wanted to see where the story was going to go. I liked Felix and I wanted him to get the girl. Honestly Felix was my favorite part about the story. Even though his narrative sometimes irked me, he was pretty adorable in how much he has always liked Hazel. And I do have to say, Not Okay, Cupid is a book that builds as the story goes on. In a positive way. The story did get better and better, but the immature voices and choppy start made it hard for me to recover from and really fall in love with the story. I still think that a lot of people will enjoy this story. It makes for a cute romance.
Bottom line: If you like your romances with a side of light and fluffy revenge, this might be the book for you. But be warned, the characters show their age. They are pretty immature, but if you stick with it, Not Okay, Cupid makes for a quick read that turns out cute in the end. I’m just not sure it was the book for me. I think a lot of readers will enjoy Not Okay, Cupid.
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