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ARC Review: Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles

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ARC Review: Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone ElkelesWild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Series: Wild Cards #1
Published by: Walker Books for Young Readers on October 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports, YA
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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About the Book:

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?






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Recently kicked out of boarding school, Derek Fitzpatrick is forced to move back home with his ‘ditzy’ stepmother and her young son while his father serves in the Navy. Things get worse quick when his stepmother Brandi announces that not is she pregnant, but she is moving the family back to her home town of Chicago.


With nowhere else to go, he has no choice but to move in to Brandi’s childhood home with her father and younger sister Ashtyn. But Ashtyn has too many things on her mind than to worry about Derek. The only girl on the Freemont High Rebel football team, it’s the summer before her senior year and she has just been voted captain of the team. And while this should be the perfect start to her senior year, she can’t shake the feeling of guilt that she ‘stole’ it from her teammate and boyfriend Landon. After dealing with an absentee mother and sister along with a neglectful father, Ash has major trust issues and feels like she can’t take much more. But when Landon ditches the Rebels for their rivals, she has no choice but to trust Derek.


I was so excited to read this book and Simone definitely didn’t let me down. Like all of her books there were so many things to love. Now up until about a month ago, I knew absolutely nothing about football. But the good thing about this book is that even though football plays a pretty big role. It’s not overwhelming and even if you know nothing about the sport, you can still follow the story. The one thing I was disappointed about was that there was no epilogue. Maybe I just spoiled after reading the Perfect Chemistry series repeatedly over the last few years that I just expected there to be an epilogue that gave you a looking into Derek and Ashtyn’s future. It was a little disappointing to read the entire book just for it to end, but that doesn’t take away from the story.


I waited so long for this book that it’s a little bitter sweet to be writing the review, and if that doesn’t tell you how amazing this story is, I really have nothing else for you. Buy it, read it, love it. I did!!




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