Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

October 12, 2016

I was so excited to read this book because I love the premise of a good girl and a bad boy falling in love. To be honest, I did enjoy the idea of this book, however the more I read the more cliché the story became. Despite the predictability of it all, it was written very well which made reading it a lot easier. If the writing had been poor, I probably would not have finished the book. As it was, because of predictability it's took me a month to read this book to completion. 


Now, while the bad boy character was extremely stereotypical with the harsh facade and soft heart within, I felt that Ryder was formulated and put together so well that it didn’t bother me as much as Mia did. At least Ryder's character was consistent. 


As far as Mia's character was read, I loved her at first. I like that she was a hardcore fangirl who was determined to hide it so as not to make herself look like a dork,  But, that was where the ability to relate ended. What I didn't really understand about Mia's character was how snarky/sassy she was right off the bat. Her character came off as being sheltered and quiet, but she really wasn't. It took me out of the story for a moment. 


The romance was cute, but I felt like it wasn't really developed as well as it could have been. It felt rushed and a bit forced. I also think that ending was kind of copied from the first book in the series. I haven't read the other books and i'm still unsure if I want to, but if these two were anything to go on. The next book will go as follows: boy meets girl, girl makes boy feel normal, public shit storm, boy blames girl, boy wins her back by public declaration of love that ends with the couple on stage. 


Overall, I did like the book despite my problems with specific aspects. The predictability took away a lot of the fun, but the writing was really good. There is promise for Lisa Burstein.

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