Review + Giveaway: The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour
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The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour
Published by: PenDreams on May 13, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: Blog Tour
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.
What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.
The Guys are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour was an entertaining read for me, as frustrated as I was at times with the characters. The whole concept of the novel is that the main character, Maddie, and her best friend Jessica met their freshman year of college. After soon discovering that they had both been completely heartbroken by men back home, they decide to create a list of rules by which to recognize players. The girls take it further by developing the Guys are Props Club (the G.A.P.) and decide to play guys like they had been played.
Maddie, to me, was a likeable character. She’s a good hearted girl, who thinks that Jessica has been taking the G.A.P. too far. She feels terrible for the Play she pulled the year before, and she mostly wants to move on from her past heartbreak. It was fun to watch her mature throughout the novel, learning that she doesn’t have to do everything Jessica tells her to do, especially in terms of Sebastian. This being said, Maddie definitely didn’t stand up for herself as much as I would have liked.
Jessica rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. I understand being heartbroken, but once you’re in college, you should be mature enough to understand that what one person does does not condemn the rest of a gender. And instead of supporting someone who is supposed to be her friend, she becomes cold and distant when Maddie starts to have real feelings for Sebastian.
Sebastian was interesting, I liked him most of the time. He was completely immune to Jessica, which I admired, but he was also really pushy which bothered me. He was irritated that Jessica wouldn’t leave him alone, but it took him a long time to back off when Maddie originally tried to discourage his intentions.
The writing of the novel was fine, but it was really cliche at times, especially when it came to Maddie and Sebastian’s relationship. This doesn’t necessarily lessen the novel, it really just depends on what you’re in the mood for when you’re making your reading selection. The relationship between Maddie and Sebastian (once it got started) moved really quickly, which something else I didn’t necessarily care for.
My favorite part of the novel was the dynamic between Maddie and Hunter, a 9 year old boy she meets in the hospital who is being treated for cancer. Maddie forms a bond with him and makes sure to visit him while she’s working her shift at the hospital. I feel as though he brought out a different side of her, which I really enjoyed.
Overall, I’m giving The Guys are Props Club 3 out of 5 controllers. If you’re looking for an entertaining read that doesn’t necessarily make you think too much, I highly suggest reading it. I was entertained (I read it in two days) but the characters got on my nerves about half the time, and it seemed a little cliche at times.
3 out of 5 Controllers