Review - Trouble From the Start

Title: Trouble From the Start
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: n/a; companion
Published: April 28, 2015
Source: Purchased
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One of two companion novels from beach-read favorite Rachel Hawthorne, this cute, romantic paperback original is about a good girl who falls for a bad guy.
Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can’t seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster? 


I went into TROUBLE FROM THE START expecting a fluffy, feel-good romance and that's exactly what I found.  This book is a quick read with a cute premise and because it's a paperback original it's not expensive.  There's also the added bonus that there's a companion novel to it which came out at the exact same time and is also a paperback original.  In fact, I bought both novels at the same time and my only complaint is that they both proclaim that they're the companion novel to the other, which left me a little confused as to which one I should read first.  After reading the first few pages of both it became clear that TROUBLE FROM THE START was, chronologically, the first book.  So I started there.

The plot was nothing special; it was your regular run of the mill bad boy meets good girl book, that being said it might have been predictable but there were enough bits and pieces that had been tweaked that I was interested enough to keep turning pages.  There wasn't really any suspense in the book either, seeing as the ending was not in question, but I for one don't read books like this because I want to be kept guessing or worry about the outcome, I read them because I want to smile, and I did.

One thing I especially liked about this book was the dual POV it was told in.  Nothing makes me happier than getting both the guy and the girl's perspective when said guy and girl are falling in love.  I think it's the best thing ever and I wish more books did it.  Personally I would have loved a little more of Fletcher's POV (the male), but seeing as he's the stereotypical "bad boy" he is a man of few words, so it does make sense that his chapters would be shorter.  Thankfully I liked Avery's POV as well.  Sure she was a little petty at times but overall I related to her because I, like her, am very bookish.  Other than the tutoring and being third in the class we had a crazy similar high school experience so it was fun reading about a girl just like me.  The other thing I really loved was the fact that the parents were around and they paid attention!  Seeing as this is like, unheard of in a YA novel, it's pretty amazing that the parents were paying attention to the kid and that they were nice.  The little brother was a lot of fun too, it's always nice when there's a good relationship between siblings and they appear authentic.

As a whole it was a fast, fun read that left me with a smile on my face.  I'll probably be reading the companion novel, if only to see more of the main characters from this book, and would recommend it to those of you wanting a feel-good romance.  Just because it wasn't the best thing ever doesn't mean you won't like it, and for about $10 you can't do much better in terms of adorable.

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