Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score
Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)
Quick Summary: Marley’s been desperate to get away and stay away from her small hometown ever since she graduated some odd-years ago. So she’s feeling pretty down and out when she moves back home at 38 with no job, no savings, and no plan. When her mom signs her up to coach soccer and teach gym, Marley is horrified to run into grownup teenage heartthrob Jake Weston. Jake’s a great teacher, a great cross-country coach, and a great fake boyfriend. Wait, what?
This book is so much fun to read. There were parts that I cringed (um, meet cute involving puke?), there were parts where I laughed (I enjoy pranks just like the next gal), and parts were I fanned myself (bow-chicka-wow-wow) and I loved every minute of it. I loved it so much I immediately downloaded another Lucy Score book that I enjoyed, but not as much as this one.
Sometimes I thought Marley was a little crazy, but I really enjoyed Jake’s steadiness. On some level he was immature, but that made him a more realistic character to me. On another level, I really liked how being a good teacher was important to him. My husband is a teacher, so maybe I’m a little biased when it comes to male teachers, but making history come alive for teenagers is so hot.
This book also had some of the most realistically written teenagers I’ve ever read in a romance novel. They were smart, insecure, confident, tech savvy, and sweet. They made the story come alive for me. I’ve read a few books where the main character has trouble facing her teenage self, and I thought this one was well-done. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s so much fun to read.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)
It’s on Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a membership snatch this book up and begin reading immediately! Not a Kindle Unlimited member? $5 is a bit steep for me, but if you’re going to the beach, going through a mid-life crisis, or just really need a break from the daily grind, I think it’s worth it for the laughs.
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In some ways this book reminds me of Maggie Dallen books. Dancing Queens and Biker Kings is one of Dallen’s contemporary novels and the plot is vaguely similar.