Short Synopsis: Lucy is the new girl at Southpointe High, and it's her senior year. When she becomes involved with Jude Ryder, resident bad boy, her whole life turns upside down, with rumor after rumor.
My Thoughts: I bought this novel awhile back and had set it aside for sometime. I don't know why it took me so long to get into it, but I'm glad I got into it eventually.
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.
Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.
It took me awhile to get into this novel. I wasn't a fan of the opening. Lucy does all she can to get Jude's attention. She believes in being old fashioned and having the guy come to her, but apparently doesn't believe in morals as she does just about anything, short of taking her clothes off to get his attention? Seems a bit mixed up if you ask me. If you have to work that hard to get a guy's attention, I'd just rather work up the nerve to talk to him. I was also a bit annoyed with Lucy's attitude. When rumors start flying around, Lucy doesn't do much to defend her reputation, and she hides herself. I felt that she should have taken some type of action rather than Jude standing up for her.
I did enjoy reading about Lucy's and Jude's relationship though. Apart, they are all right. But together, they stir up a lot of interesting scenes, and a lot of drama. Jude has a bit of a temper on him, when it comes to Lucy. Though he means well, he is hot one time and cold the next. He's a ticking time bomb that only Lucy seems to be able to control. Their relationship together however somewhat destructive, also seems to compliment each other.
There are also a lot of surprising and interesting scenes that definitely caught me off guard. There was a crucial point in the novel where I had to get the sequel. Overall, this novel is very intense, with characters that will leave you wanting more.
Would I recommend this book: Yes
Rating: I give this book a 3.5/5.