Sep 19, 2013

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles Review

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
(Wild Cards #1)
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers; 288 pages
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

You know how some times you are just in a mood for a light story?  A story without too much heavy angst, but not a comedy.  Well that was just what I was looking for recently.  And luckily for me I found that in Wild Cards.  I had read so much paranormal last month, that I needed a break.  I was burned out.  Wild Cards is the perfect story for anyone to read who wants a fast and simple story.  Sometimes it's nice to just sit and read, and not have to think too much while reading.

Wild Cards is told from two point of views.  Ashtyn is a female high school student who is on her school's football team.  She is a tough as nails on the football field, but she has a heart of gold off the field.  She's a perfect role model because she never gives up, and she follows her dreams.  I also really love her name.  While I was reading the book, I kept think Ashtyn is such a cool name.  Derek is a prankster and former football player.  After pulling a prank on his senior class in boarding school, Derek is expelled from high school.  His stepmother decides to move them back to her hometown in Chicago.  There he meets Ashtyn in a hilarious scene that involves a barn and a pitchfork!

The beginning of Wild Cards was solid.  The story flowed really well, but towards the end it started to drag a little bit for me.  There were a few scenes that I felt were added in just to try to further the plot, but I didn't think were really necessary.  If anything, I think they slowed the book down.  There was even a point where I thought, "Just get on with it already!"  But once that hump was passed over, it was smooth sailing again.  

I would recommend Wild Cards for anyone who is looking for a light, quick, and easy read. I would especially recommend it for anyone who enjoys a book with a strong female lead. 

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