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Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr

Taming the Rebel
Dawn Klehr
(Endless Summer)
Published by: Entangled Crush
Publication date: August 14th 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Rebel Hart should be at home taking care of her father after his breakup with his boyfriend, not tromping through the woods at summer camp. He’s had his heart broken beyond repair, and the way she sees it, there’s only one person to blame—the boyfriend’s son. So when that infuriatingly gorgeous quarterback turns up at the same camp, she plans to make him pay.

Justice Brody isn’t happy about trading training camp for actual summer camp. But if he wants to stay on the football team, he has to show that he can be drama-free. He welcomes the anonymity that comes with summer camp…until he realizes the one girl who knows him better than anyone is there, too. Rebel is off-limits, impossibly beautiful…and trouble with a capital T. Still, he can’t stay away. And even as Rebel exacts her revenge, in several very embarrassing and painful ways, neither can she.

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Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honesty review.

Rebel Hart (yes that is her name) is an only child. She is already different then many kids at school because she has (had) gay parents. One of her fathers died years back from cancer and now it is only her and her dad Trevor. She has no problem being who she is and saying what she thinks. However she does live with fear. Fear of things she cannot control. She lives life with the aid of Wolf Wilks’s Guide to Surviving (not a real book or if it is I couldn’t find it). She is cautious with everything in her life. She doesn’t take unnecessary risk. Her knowledge of random death statistical facts can be spouted off at the drop of the hat. With all this knowledge she allowed one thing to happen a not to long back. She allowed her heart to get tangled up with a boy. After he dropped her she swore she would not allow her heart to be shattered again. Then Justice Brody enters her life, which made things complicated.

Justice had the perfect family. A mother, a father, and a sister. When his dad came out regarding his sexuality it tour the family apart. What made it worse was his dad began to date one of his classmate’s fathers. He had no problem with Rebel, she was good to look at and everything in-between, but the backlash at home and the problems he began to have with his fellow teammates was making his life a living hell. So now he is known as the son of a gay man and being bullied about it. His football coach is tired of Justice’s fighting with his teammates and tells him to have no drama this summer and work on his anger issues. Now he is stuck at a summer camp, which he didn’t want to real go to.

When Rebel and Justice cross paths at summer camp, she is determined to make his life a living hell, just like he did to her. The problem becomes more apparent when the two of them give in to their underlining attraction for each other. The sparks fly and the chemistry sizzles. Summer camp hasn’t looked so much fun until now.

The sorry premise is intriguing and I enjoyed the dynamic of having a gay parent come out. I think that isn’t address that often in Teen YA. It is common in real life, so we need some more stories like that. Regardless of that I had a difficult time getting through this book. I liked parts of it, and the dialogue was not too bad, but for some reason I felt the story fell a little flat. I’m usually in love with most Entangled because they are just so fun, but this one I couldn’t get through fast enough.

I would give it a two star because I just was whatever about the book, but because of the topics of fear, anger, and gay parents I am giving it 3 hearts.

Parental Advisory: Mild or active swearing (some F* Bombs), discussion about virginity, witnessing two individuals having intercourse in the forest, gay parents, divorced parents, fear and self doubt.

 

 

Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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