Published by Harper Teen on 28 April 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Labor of Love
Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Texas
First Line(s): “You can’t stand here, Avery. You have to get out there and flaunt it.”
Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne is a companion book to The Boyfriend Project and both books are released on the same day. The two books involve two friends and Trouble From the Start deals with Avery and bad boy Fletcher. For me, Trouble From the Start started off a bit rough and I didn’t like the slut shaming aspect of the book. Avery is a good girl and she goes on one motorcycle ride with the bad boy and all of a sudden everyone is acting like she’s the biggest slut in town. It was almost enough to make me stop reading but I am glad that I didn’t because once we got through that rough patch things did get better.
There were times when the book seemed to contradict itself and Avery did get on my nerves but I adored Fletcher. I loved his POV scenes and wish there had been more of them. He is the sort of character that makes you want to reach within a books pages and give a hug to. While, with Avery, there were times in which you wanted to shake her. She was just a little too judgey at times although never near as judgmental as her BFF Kendall.
Oh my stars did Kendall really bug the ever loving crap out of me. Enough that I am wary of reading her story, The Boyfriend Project, though I do have it all pre-ordered and will most like read it eventually because I do hope for cameos from Fletcher and Avery. There is also a part of me that hopes that being inside Kendall’s head will redeem her character a bit.
As for Trouble From the Start its a cute read and I read it in just a couple of sittings. Its not overly deep but it has its moments of fun as well as ones that make the heart ache. The ending was a little cheesy but this one really shines in the middle. This was my first time reading a Rachel Hawthorne book but I know that it won’t be my last. She writes a fun story and there’s always room in a reading schedule for a fun story.