As a part of The Reluctant Bachelorette tour, I have for you my review, a guest post from author Rachael Renee Anderson, and a giveaway!
The Reluctant Bachelorette
by Rachael Renee Anderson
3 Stars: A Fun Read
Publication: September 8, 2012
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Younger Readers
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Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.
Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.
But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?
This was a fun read. Taycee is quite the character with her love for flowers and enmity towards Luke. The dialogue exchanged between the two is filled with wit and sarcasm, providing much humor to this book. One of my especial favorites of their many exchanges is the "king of the swimming hole" scene. That said, I had some difficulties relating to the characters. From the beginning, Taycee's hostility towards Luke is great, and I was expecting to learn that he did something very, very terrible to her. Because it wasn't introduced right away, I didn't know why Taycee was so mad at Luke, and I was confused when the story switched to his perspective and I found out that Luke isn't such a bad guy. This made me it harder for me to sympathize with Taycee when the matter comes to it. It would have been nice to have this issue resolved earlier in the story.
The story wasn't really fleshed out either. From the synopsis, I was expecting the story to focus more on the show and the drama between Taycee and Luke. However, this plays a small role in the story. Rather, it is more about Taycee worrying over Luke's participation in the show and their attraction to each other. The story tries to cover too much over too few pages with Taycee dividing her attention among the different bachelors while plotting to get Luke off the show, and then finding herself enjoying her time with Luke too much. In the end, I didn't really get to know the characters other than Taycee and Luke.
The romance is clean. There is kissing, but even that is much cleaner than many YA books I've read that target a younger audience. So is the language. There isn't anything to prevent me from recommending this book to younger readers except for the bachelorette angle to this book. It wouldn't feel right giving a book to a younger teen where the girl dates twenty-one guys at once. I also don't believe in forcing friends to participate in a reality show even if it is for a good cause, though it does set the stage for much drama and humor.
Overall, this is a fun, light read with a fair amount of laugh out loud moments. Traycee has a wonderful sense of humor. As I mentioned earlier, I loved the banter between Luke and her. If you're looking for a clean, pleasant read with humor, this may be a book you'd like to check out.
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Guest Post from Rachael Renee Anderson
Why I'm Not a Fan of Reality TV
I'll admit, when The Bachelor first aired, I watched a few seasons and I even liked them. But when the after-the-show break-ups starting adding up, it lost its appeal for me. I felt jaded, thinking that whatever relationship formed between the final couple would most likely end at some point, and I'm a girl who needs my happily ever afters. I want books, movies, and TV shows to be an escape from real life--not a reminder that things don't always work out the way you want them to.
Which is probably why I wrote The Reluctant Bachelorette. Subconsciously, I must have needed a happy ending from a reality show, and since ABC couldn't seem to provide it with any sort of decent regularity, I created my own. Problem solved.
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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