Good For You by Tammara Webber
Reid Alexander’s celebrity life is an open book. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analysed by strangers. His latest mistake totalled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. As his PR team works overtime to salvage his image, one thing is clear: this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.
Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian – the outward opposite of everything Reid represents. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off her pedestal and prove she’s human.
Counting the days until his month of service ends, Dori struggles to ignore Reid’s wicked pull while challenging him to recognize his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.
This is the third book in Tammara Webber’s excellent Between the Lines series, and it definitely shouldn’t be read on its own.
Webber is still my favourite New Adult author. She manages to write about young adults without the horrific misogyny and stupidity that is all too common in the genre, and she manages that at the same time as writing about celebrities! There is an incident in this book that completely blindsided me, and the book transformed from “good” to “oh, wow, a secondary character made me cry like it’s real life!”. It was some of the most powerful writing I’ve read in ages.
I was worried when I started this one, as the too good to be true heroine was everything biblical and conservative, talking about Bible camp and everything. Having seen the effect of America’s religious right on gender and sexual equality in recent years, I did not want to read about a heroine like this.
Of course, I shouldn’t have worried, because Webber is the least misogynistic author you’ll find, and also doesn’t construct her heroes and heroines to be clichés. There were so many layers to Dori’s character, and I was also able to believe Reid, the rather disastrous celebrity hero, would fall for her.
There’s a final book in this series coming soon, and I cannot wait to read it.
Posted on 30/07/2013, in Books, New Adult, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Issues, Young Adult Romance and tagged Books, New Adult, Tammara Webber, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.