May 21, 2014

The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy

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What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her? 

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services? 

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation. 

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time. 

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

Alright, so I was a bit skeptical when I picked up this book. The premise was a bit odd to me--helping a bunch of nerds change themselves to get girls. WELP, I was pleasantly surprised! It was definitely a cute story. Some of the elements actually reminded me a lot of the How To series by Cassie Mae that I love so much. I guess the whole nerds-are-better-lovers theme!! Really, nerds cannot be discounted in life. They're generally the coolest people--and some of the nicest, kindest that I know. Delyla wasn't the worst female lead I've come across lately, however, I don't know how I feel that she was so "blind" to Trey's affection for her for so long. Almost made me feel like she was really undeserving in the end. I think part of my dislike for her was due to her pettiness and her attempts to sabotage whatever was going on between Portia and Trey. Not a big fan of that sort of drama. I was also really hoping that something would happen between her and Carter. I almost felt bad for Trey because I felt like he wasn't the best match for Delyla. The chemistry between Trey and Delyla wasn't off the pages for me so I wasn't in total awe of The Romeo Club but it was not a bad read!

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