Published by Wattpad Books on January 7, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Jessica Cunsolo’s She’s with Me is a kaleidoscope of modern day teen romance, revenge thriller, and over-the-top excitement. It’s Mean Girls meets Gone Girl meets The Client, as the story twists and turns around its fierce female lead, leading to a heart-racing cliffhanger . . .
Telling the truth is sometimes harder than keeping a secret…
Standing out as the new girl is hard enough, but add in Amelia Collins’s dangerous past, and her life depends on sneaking through senior year unnoticed. But when she crashes into the school’s most infamous heartthrob, Aiden Parker, on her first day, she’s suddenly on everyone’s radar, and as Amelia becomes immersed in a new group of friends, keeping a low profile won’t be an option—even if it’s a necessity.
She’s With Me is a young adult contemporary romance by Jessica Cunsolo. She’s With Me has a lot of themes rolled into one book, and I am excited this is going to be a series. This is the first book in the series. There is obviously the romance element, which presents itself in the form of a bully romance, which is something I used to absolutely hate, but have grown to enjoy if it is well done. Character growth is absolutely vital for me. I don’t just want the bully to fall in love with the girl and stop bullying her, I want to dig a little deeper than that. I want to learn what makes the character tick, so I can believe the character growth when we see it. She’s With Me is much more than a Bully romance though, there is also a secret woven in throughout the plot that gave the book another layer that made it very interesting.
In She’s With Me, we meet our main character Amelia. Amelia is new to town. We find out she is a part of the witness protection, though as part of the mystery of the story, the reason why is not revealed until almost the end of the book. I really liked the mysterious air that this brought to the story, and it also made the plot really interesting. It overlaid a sense of doom and gloom and something very heavy over parts of the story. But then, there were moments of total levity and fun that interspersed to make sure the book didn’t feel too down and heavy.
Amelia almost immediately draws the attention of the town bad boy, Aiden, and his friend Mason. I liked all of the antics in She’s With Me. Amelia does not back down in the face of bullies and the character development was great. Amelia has a strong group of friends that she formed almost an immediate connection with. I always appreciate strong friendships in novels, but it was kind of hard to believe that Amelia could show up new in town and become instant best friends, but I really did appreciate her friendships. As is the case with good bully romances, there is more than meets the eye with Aiden. I really enjoyed peeling back his many layers, and Jessica Cunsolo does a fantastic job with her character development.
She’s With Me is a great novel. It is sweet, funny, serious at the right times and I am interested in continuing on with the series. I won’t spoil much in terms of the actual plot, but it going to be perfect for fans of contemporary romances.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020