Everybody needs a little love every once in a while. Simone Elkeles has written lovestories before, and this is cut from the same block as some of them. I’m talking about Wild Cards.
First we meet Derek Fitzpatrick, the bad boy that get thrown out of school for yet another prank. Since his father is in the navy, he has to live with his new stepmother, in a new city. All he wants to do is get back to his city, and he’s counting the days until he’s eighteen.
When Ashtyn Parker first meet Derek, he is in the shed that belongs to the house she lives in with her father. It’s safe to say they get off on the wrong foot with each other. Ashtyn is a driven football-player with good grades and a boyfriend that happen to be the quarterback on her team. The boyfriend becomes a problem when he switches team to another school because Ashtyn gets elected captain of the team.
A lot with this book is very standard. The boy and the girl that don’t quite get along when they first meet. Then something happen, and they have to start to somewhat accept each other. And then… You do the math…
The reason I like this book is the way it’s written. First you get a chapter from Derek’s point of view, the next chapter is from Ashtyn’s view. The way it switches like this makes the reader see the story from both sides.