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REVIEW: Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles

Title: Wild Cards 
Author: Simone Elkeles
Series: Wild Cards #1
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Date of Release: October 1st 2013
Pages: 342
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

I am not one to usually head towards contemporary romances, with sport aspects. However, after hearing so many amazing reviews about Simone's Perfect Chemistry Trilogy, I felt I just had to give it a go... I found it okay, I was sadly not blown away, but I did finish it. I like the way the cover is faded with a rough edge to it, just look at it! I love it.

Derek Fitzpatrick is not one to commit to a relationship. When his mum dies he abandons all dreams and aspirations turning into someone who is very reserved and just up for a laugh. But when he has to move with his step-mum to her old home, he is slowly reminded of the things he is missing. With Ashtyn Parker having a dream of getting a football scholarship, they are two different people with very different paths... but they can't avoid each other for too long.

Our two main protagonists in this story were okay, however I did not feel as if I could connect with either of them in anyway. Ashtyn was voiced by her peers to be strong and one-of-the-guys, not caring about what others thought about her... she was strong but she additionally came across as very weak and vulnerable. She also appeared to be quite winey at times as she went on and on about how she could not love him!

Derek was very much the same in the way that he went on about how he could not love her because he was that type of guy. It got a little annoying after a while. But in contrast, I did enjoy their banter as it was very entertaining and hilarious at times due to both of their personalities being very strong and prominent.

I figured out pretty quickly what was going to happen in this plot, due to the fact that it was very cliched. And when I say very... I mean very. But I enjoyed being able to see the same situation from both their point of views allowing their characters to expand. Then we have the envolvement of Derek's Grandmother, she made me laugh a lot and the way she got involved and just said things how she sees them; I could not stop laughing.

This was a book of which kept my attention but was very cliched meaning you could easily grasp the outcomes.

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