Author: Lisa Burstein
Published: May 19th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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This good girl’s about to meet her match…
Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.
Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…
But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.
It's been a long time since I've read a YA (at least, one that wasn't about to come out on the big screen). When I saw this one and learned about Entangled's new YA line, Crush, I was intrigued. It almost has a feel of NA in it--the main characters are under 18, but the theme is a little more mature. So, I was sold...and I devoured the story!
Mia gets the opportunity to tutor Ryder in his studies while he tours. Unfortunately, Ryder doesn't want anyone to know he has a tutor, so he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend. She's less than psyched about this prospect, but goes along with it. It isn't as difficult as they thought it would be--just pretend to be together around the band, then spend their alone time studying. As they spend more and more time alone, they get to talking and get to know each other. Pretty soon, they realize there's more to their relationship than just tutoring. But Mia isn't sure if Ryder is the kind of guy willing to settle down with one girl.
Mia and the Bad Boy is what the young adult genre should be made of! A story full of heart and humor with the right mixture of romance throughout. I loved the friendship that blossoms between Mia and Ryder, and seeing it develop into more. I will absolutely be reading more from the Crush line, and more of Lisa Burstein!