Blog Tour (Book Review & Giveaway): He Loves Me Not by Tierney Fowler

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Title: He Loves Me Not (Lifestyles of the Rich & InFamous #2)
Author: Tierney Fowler @tierdear
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 231 pages
Rating: 4.25 stars

Synopsis

In the game of love, everyone roots for the underdog. You know, that girl-next-door type who wears glasses and has a shy smile and who falls for the most popular boy in school…she’s the hero of every story. And when the shy girl takes off her glasses and the quarterback kisses her and the crowd roars and the movie fades to black, people sit back and are satisfied.

 But what about the cheerleader? The one he dumps at the fifty-yard line and the one who runs off the field humiliated and sobbing? What about her feelings? What about her?

 He Loves Me Not tells the story of what happens after the cheerleader is denied her fairy tale ending. Maggie’s life was perfect–she had perfect friends, perfect parents, and a perfect boyfriend. But when she’s abruptly dumped in front of the entire county by that perfect boyfriend, her life falls apart. With her clique, her friends, and her social standing obliterated, Maggie is resigned to a lonely, humiliating senior year of high school.

 …at least until she meets AJ Abbott, a musician who breaks every rule her mother ever taught her. He has no college degree. He wants to be a rockstar. He wears entirely too much black and leather.

 But despite their differences, Maggie is slowly drawn into AJ’s rock and roll lifestyle, and she’ll be forced to choose which is more important–clinging to her nonexistent popularity or learning that maybe there’s more to her than her beauty queen tiaras and cheerleader pom-poms.

http://www.amazon.com/HeLovesNot-Tierney-Fowler-ebook/dp/B01D2FWBKG/

http://www.amazon.com/Lifestyles-Rich-Famous-Tierney-Fowler-ebook/dp/B00MK3MJBS/

Grace Review

The synopsis of this book is what caught my attention and the overall plot hooked me in and kept me engaged throughout.

I love the idea of a story picking up after the Hollywood ending.  You know the movies, where the “ugly unpoplular girl” gets the quarterback popular boy. But what about the girl that the quarterback dumps?  Should I even care?  Well, this author made me care.

Everything about Maggie Marion is perfect.  Perfect looks.  Perfect grades.  Perfect friends.  Perfect boyfriend. . . .or not.   One fateful day, in front of everyone, Bobby Bishop decides he is tired of perfect, forever filling the role in a Hollywood teen romance hero, as he goes after the emo girl.

I wasn’t sure if the author wanted me to hate Maggie.  Sure, she’s a bit self-absorbed and has high expectations of others.  But as her life begins to fall apart, she really tries to be the better person.  There are so many opportunities where she could have lost her shit.  But her proper upbringing and belief in being the better person, kept her leveled external, even though she was breaking apart internally.

What shocked me about this story was how all of her friends left her, all because of the football team.  While her BFF, Caroline, was there in the early stages of the breakup, with time, even she begins to pull away.  Her reasons for coming back, showed her true colors in my opinion.  While it wasn’t overnight, I loved how Maggie gradually saw her “friends” behavior as unappealing.  No, she never gave up her love of pageants, but she found a purpose/goal beyond them.  And at the same time made new friendships.  Real ones where doing everything to help the other was more important than image.

Some days, it felt surreal to sit with them and remember the person I used to be.  Vapid and shallow and consumed with herself.

I personally didn’t read the previous book in the series, and it is not necessary to enjoy this one.  However, if you did read that book, the 3 main characters in that story play a big role in Maggie’s new life outside the popular crowd.

Maggie took the majority of the book to get over the breakup, and that was my only issue.  Although she had this lifelong dream to marry Bobby, he showed time and time again with his words and actions that that ship had sailed.  And he didn’t try to buffer his new gf’s harsh words.  Instead, there is AJ, the sweet boy who gives the “unpopular” girl covered in seaweed, a chance to unload.  His lending ear and thoughtful actions throughout make him an obvious choice over Bobby.

“You just needed someone to show you that you didn’t need to be popular to be amazing.”

This story focuses on Maggie’s growth, and while there is some romance, that is only a small part of the storyline.  It is worth noting that this book has zero sex in it, firming planting itself in the YA category.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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About

 

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The long lost Wakefield twin. Blair’s head minion. The BSC party planner. The original Pink Ranger. Stephanie Tanner’s BFF.

In addition to crafting young adult and new adult novels, Tierney Fowler works as an IT consultant by day and a style blogger by night. She resides in Northern Virginia near four shopping malls, counts leopard as her favorite color, and once shot a reality TV show pilot…that never went anywhere.

https://www.facebook.com/tierneyfowler/

Twitter:  @tierneyfowler

Instagram:  @tierdear

Snapchat:  @tierdeer

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