Review & Giveaway: The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

It all starts pretty fast. Within the first two chapters Delyla has denerdified her brother, got him that date and is setting up The Romeo Club for his friends. Delyla is not particularly a specialist, but she knows enough that she can help these nerds. The RC is a success, the boys are gaining confidence, better clothes and before you know it they are actually talking to girls.

Spending so much time with these guys, Delyla is having some conflicting emotions. While she has this popular jock boyfriend, she can not help but see her childhood friend Trey in this new light. Which is a bit too little too late, because he is now interested in the ever so perfect Portia. So certainly plenty of high school drama to go around.

The concept of the Romeo Club, was certainly endearing and just plain fun. You can really see that light bulb in Delyla's head slowly starting to glow when it comes to her feelings about Trey. They have these sweet moments, which make you root for a happy ending.

When Delyla finally realises she has feelings for Trey, she sets out on sabotaging his relationship with Portia. I can not agree with what she did there and it was very selfish. So she could have definitely handled that better.

Then there is also the neighbours' dog, no real clue to what his purpose was in this story. It added some funny moments when he stole stuff from the neighbours and Delyla got blamed for it, but other than that it did not feel necessary.

My overall feeling of this book was that it could easily be a teen Disney movie. So while the characters are juniors and seniors, it felt aimed at a younger audience. The starting romance between two long-time friends is not the most original, though fans of that will love this book. The Romeo club is a fun, fast, geeky read.

The Author
I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the giant mitten on the map—it’ll likely throw a snowball at you). I spent most of my time in Michigan, but while in the army got to call KS, SC, MO, and CA home for awhile as well.

As a kid my family moved around a lot. Try spending both your freshman and senior years at new schools (yeah, loads of fun). I could’ve changed my name to “new girl”.

I love writing for teens because those are the years I remember falling in love with most of my favorite books. Some of the authors I couldn’t put down were L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Joan Lowery Nixon, Lois Duncan, amongst several others.

My husband and I have a large family. There are six kids total! So we have LOTS of fun on vacations (although hours on the road, cooped up in the Expedition is kind of stressful—although we pass the time with MAD LIBS and hoping no one gets carsick).

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1 ebook of The Romeo Club & $10 Amazon gift card (INT)

1 comment:

  1. ((HUGS)) and thank you for being a part of the book tour! I SO SO SO appreciate it. And thank you for taking time out to review TRC!