Saturday, April 28, 2018

"Out of His League" by Maggie Dallen

I've been reading some heavy books lately. Good, but heavy. Couple that with the insane stress of the end of the school year, and I needed a "just for fun" read that took practically zero brain power to comprehend.

For me, that usually means finding a fluffy YA romance. Why? Not sure. It's not like I'm anywhere near the ages of the kids I'm reading about. But I often do see bits of "teenage Becky" in the heroines of these books, so there's that ...

Anyway, after watching the Cubs lose to the Indians the other night (don't worry—they crushed the Indians the night before, so I'm still feeling good about the series), I went searching for a ridiculous YA romance. And I found one 😉.

What's the first rule of reinventing yourself as a cool girl at a new school? Steer clear of your old crush.

A new school means a fresh start. So long Ronnie Smith, invisible tomboy, and hello Veronica, popular new hottie. This is my chance to finally be seen....and kissed. Yeah, that's right. I've never been kissed. But I mean to change all that now that I'm starting over with a new look and attitude. The only problem? I'm not the only one from my old school who's transferred to Briarwood High. Drew Remi is here, too, and he's still the same wildly popular baseball star. He's also the only person who can ruin my new life. But he can only rat me out if he recognizes me...So, why am I so upset when he doesn't have a clue who I really am?

Out of His League was exactly what I was looking for. A quick read. Fluffy and ridiculous. Fairly clean.

The story flips between Veronica's and Drew's perspectives. When Veronica transfers to the private school across town, she is shocked to learn that Drew, her old high school's baseball star, now attends the same school. No worries, though, as her friend has made her over so well that Drew, a boy she's known since kindergarten, doesn't recognize her. Unrealistic? Yes. But still enjoyable. (Also, I'd just like to point out here that Drew wasn't Veronica's old crush, as the description states. However, they were good friends all through elementary school.)

There's a whole subplot about embracing who you are and allowing your friends to become the best versions of themselves, but basically, the book is all about Veronica and Drew falling for each other.

The story is diverting but not particularly memorable. Basically, I'm glad I borrowed it through the Kindle Owner's Lending Library (which allows you to borrow one Kindle Unlimited book per month at no charge), rather than buying it. 3 stars.

Content note: There's quite a bit of swearing, though they're all mild curse words. There is an instance of teen drinking and mentions of "hooking up." The on-page sexual content never goes beyond a couple semi-detailed kisses. Think mild PG-13.

Buy (or borrow) the book.

Maggie Dallen is a big city girl living in Montana. She writes adult and young adult romantic comedies in a range of genres. An unapologetic addict of all things romance, she loves to connect with fellow avid readers on Facebook, Twitter or at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I borrowed this book and chose to review it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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