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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts - Guest Post, Book Review & Excerpt

About  Lisa Brown Roberts

Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.

Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.

Often, my characters arrive in my mind fully formed, demanding their stories be told. In this case, it was different. I’m a hardcore Sky High fan and have shipped Warren and Layla ever since I saw the movie (and at this point I don’t even know how many times I’ve watched it). That scene in the restaurant when he lights the candle with his finger? Slays me every time.

So when it was time to write another Crush book for Entangled Teen, who should show up in my mind demanding their happy ending but Warren and Layla? Of course I re-watched the movie for inspiration, and certain scenes on YouTube over and over and over…(rough author research).

This book isn’t an exact retelling, of course, because I’d be in big trouble with Disney if so, but I used Warren and Layla as my launching point for creating Caleb and Mandy, and I added a few winks and nods to the movie for my fellow diehard Sky High fans.

If you like bad boys with big hearts, and like to see the girl get the right guy for her happily ever after (not the wrong guy she thinks she wants), I hope you’ll check out Resisting the Rebel!
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Review by Suze
Mandy has been in love with Gus for years. When he finally invites her to a party on her birthday she ends up on her own while he has hooked up with someone else. She still thinks he's a friendly dorky guy and she wants to make him notice her. When bad boy Caleb helps her out they form a plan. Caleb needs Mandy to make his ex-girlfriend realize it's really over between them and Mandy wants to make Gus jealous. They pretend they are a couple and it isn't too hard for everyone around them to believe it. Secretly they like each other a lot and their relationship might not be entirely fake. What will happen if their plan succeeds, will Mandy still go out with Gus or does Caleb has a chance with her?
Resisting the Rebel is a wonderful, sweet story that put a big smile on my face. The main characters are amazing. Caleb is dark and moody, but he also has a kind heart. Mandy is strong and fun. I loved that she has such a distinct personality and that she's entirely herself. She has her own style and as she cares about others she's always involved in after school projects. She's completely into disco music and she has an enchanting bubbly personality. She has ADHD and dysgraphia and I liked the empathic and realistic way Lisa Brown Roberts describes her conditions. It's something Mandy has to live with, but they don't define her personality, which is a message I loved.
Lisa Brown Roberts has a writing style that flows easily. Her books are cute and her main characters are adorable. Resisting the Rebel is uplifting and I loved the chemistry between Caleb and Mandy. Even though the story is light and often fun it also has a serious side. Mandy and Caleb don't have a usual home situation. Lisa Brown Roberts describes them with sensitivity and care. It's clear that her main characters mean a lot to her, which is what I enjoyed most about this story. She makes them come to life very well through her vibrant and loving descriptions.
Resisting the Rebel is a story about two people with completely different personalities who are a surprisingly good match. I liked that Mandy and Caleb are both readers and the book descriptions and analyses are a great detail. The ending is original and it has some fascinating surprising elements. Every aspect of this YA story is exactly right and I absolutely enjoyed reading this charming, dreamy book.


“I’ve got a stalker ex I need to get off my case,” Caleb said, his dark gaze locked on hers. “You’ve got a dork you’re trying to seduce. It’s a win-win.”

“Gus isn’t a dork,” she whispered, but for a second she couldn’t see Gus’s sweet face in her mind’s eye. Instead all she saw was the stony-faced badass drumming his fingers impatiently on the steering wheel. She swallowed. “Gus is a sweetheart.”

“Dork. Sweetheart. Semantics.” His lips curved in a mocking smile that did something to her stomach.

“N-no one would ever believe it,” she stammered. “That you and I would…” She blushed, unable to finish the sentence.

“That we’d what, Disco?” He unbuckled his seatbelt and moved toward her. Her breath caught in her throat as he reached out and touched her hair, twirling a long strand around his finger. He leaned in so close she could see a faint shadow of stubble on his jaw. “Go to a dance together?” He shifted even closer, moving in so that his lips barely brushed her cheek as he whispered in her ear. “Or just hook up?”

This wasn’t…he wasn’t…but she didn’t…not with him…she …Gus…Her thoughts spun out of control, just like her hormones. God, what was he—

He dropped her lock of hair and leaned back against his seat, smirking. “I think everyone would believe that. You did, didn’t you? Just for a second?”

Her hand flew up to slap him but he grabbed it like he’d been expecting it. “Two weeks. It won’t even take that long. Lover boy Gus only needs to see you and me do that once, and he’s yours. All yours.”

“Y-you’re such a—” He was still holding her hand, though he’d loosened his grip.

“Jackass. I know. But let me pretend to be your jackass boyfriend and we’ll both get what we want.”

Everything in her screamed no, but when she finally opened her mouth, the word that fell out was, “Okay.”

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  1. Sounds like a good YA Book :)

  2. This sounds so good that I added it to my Amazons Wish list. Thanks for the review.

  3. Sounds like a book that i would love to read its so interesting

  4. Sounds like a fun backfiring story. I miss John Hughes type movies but this book sounds like it could have been one.

  5. I've so got to read this book at some point now.

  6. Superb review & interesting excerpt

  7. Resisting The Rebel is exactly the kind of romance book I love! The bad boy and the nice girl wanting to use each other for their own reasons but end up falling for each other - classic! Love the excerpt and it has me eager to read!!

  8. Loving the sound of this one and the excerpt is all kinds of amazing! I can tell this is one that will have me laughing but also pulling at the heartstrings! Great review!!

  9. Enjoyed the excerpt & am ready to read more.