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Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange: Book Review

Because after everything life has thrown at us – or, more accurately, after everything Mama has thrown at our lives – I’m not so breakable. Mama is the glass that shatters too easily.. I am stone that doesn’t crack easily enough.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: “The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

Commentary: I received this book via NetGalley for my honest review. There will be some minor spoilers.

The synopsis is honestly what made me interested in picking up this book. A modern version of The Breakfast Club sounded like a brilliant idea at first. I am not comparing this book to the movie at all. The only similarity it has with the movie is the group of misfits, and that’s about it. I thought this book was going to have multiple points of view just from reading the synopsis. That was not the case. Instead, this book has one pov. and it’s Sam, otherwise known as the “pariah” from the group.

Sam has a sad backstory. Her mother is a recovering drug addict, and Sam feels that she is responsible for her mother when she slips back into her cycle of addiction. Throughout her live, Sam choses to be invisible to make her life easier. She has no friends at all. I felt bad for Sam, but there were some moments where I didn’t feel sympathy for her. Sam thinks that by living as an outcast, it will make her life easier for her. She easily gets offended when people ignore her or don’t even remember her.

Honestly, I didn’t think the book needed romance. I felt no chemistry between York and Sam. Sam thought he was a hot guy who she encountered several times. I would have liked to seen York’s perspective and the reason why he fell for Sam. He tried flirting with her, but she didn’t seem to realize that he liked her. In the situation they were in, which was stressful already, didn’t need the romance.

I really wished that this story included more backstory on the other characters since it felt that this was Sam’s story rather than the others. It was a really quick read. The story overall was crazy. Most of the story, the group ran away from the “crooked cops”. There were not many action scenes as I would have hoped. It did get really exciting by the time I was 90% done with the book. I really felt that this book would have done better as a movie. For most of the story, it was told in the past. It did end on a sweet note, but I did not like this book as much. I really thought it was okay, and not as memorable as I hoped.

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️ (2.5)

Release Date: February 16th 2016 ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

6 thoughts on “Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange: Book Review”

  1. Awww I know what you mean by the blurb, it does pull me in and urges me to pick it up! It’s a shame the rest of it could not keep up with that :/ I might still read it and see for myself how the story plays out though, but thanks for the great review!

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