Review: New England Rocks – Christina Courtenay

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin Jesse is the hottest guy Rain s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!There s just one small problem Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around Does she?
My thoughts:
I do think this was my favorite Courtenay book so far. It was YA with drama, but the kind of drama I can like. My problem with YA books is that they so often are filled with angst and stupid over dramatic drama. Those books make me wanna smack everyone over the head. While this one, well this one felt real.
Rain was, angry yes, but then someone had thrown her to the wolves and she was in a new school where she knew no one. And the most interesting guy, the one who talks to her has a preppy girlfriend. Tough luck. Yes Jesse is a good guy, he plays in a rock band, but that irritating girlfriend of his. Not good.
It was fun to see them together. Two teens finding their way. She has issues, he has issues. Sure the end was a bit too picture perfect, but then it was also an ending that should happen. I liked it, and I can say nothing more about it.
The little drama that worked then, well of course it has to do with that he has a girlfriend and that she is annoying 😉 That I can handle.
Conclusion:
A nice YA book that was sweet and rocked.

Almost forget my cover snarking! Chris would totally have mentioned that 😉
Cover: She looks like she rocks and I like that

Paperback, 202 pages: Published August 7th 2013 by Choc Lit : series: New England Rocks #1: YA: From the publisher in turn for an honest review

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38 thoughts on “Review: New England Rocks – Christina Courtenay

  1. paperbackdaydreamer.com says:

    This sounds like a great read. I know exactly what you mean about the drama that some other YA books have…of course, looking back to middle school and high school, some of that over the top drama really did occur…annoying! I'm glad you really enjoyed this one. 🙂

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    It's hard to find them too. I mostly got burned out on the YA pnr scene, all that drama, I was just *big eyeroll* But when normal comes along, good

  3. Yvonne says:

    I'm not big on YA books for exactly the reasons you mentioned. I'm not a fan of angst over the smallest of things but I'm sure way back when, I reacted just like these characters do. That's what happens with aging – no patience for this kind of stuff. LOL

  4. kimbacaffeinate says:

    I will admit I am not a fan of YA contemps, for the reason you mentioned but have come across a few that are awesome..glad you liked this one and no smacking of heads was involved!

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    Yes always the angst. I lost my pen! Noooooo! I will die. *eyeroll*Thing is I did not like to read about it when being YA either.I preferred books like this one

  6. Jenny says:

    Yay for the good kind of YA drama! I like drama in my books, but not relationship angst that's all overdone and full of miscommunications. Sounds like this is more up my alley!

  7. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    Glad to hear this has drama that's not too annoying. From the synopsis I would have thought there would be the typical over drama, but it's really good to hear the author steered clear of it. I'll have to check this out, thanks for introducing me to it!

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