Red Girl, Blue Boy – love and politics for the YA crowd

Red Girl, Blue Boy – love and politics for the YA crowd

This was a cute story with a sweet romance that is part of a Bloomsbury series of books about wanting the one thing you can’t have.  The series is simply thematic, so each book is actually a stand alone title.  It’s not great literature, but if you are looking for a simple, straightforward YA contemporary romance, this one might entertain you.


Goodreads Summary

Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn’t get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents’ fight, and the knowledge that—ultimately—someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate?

This title in the If Only line is a frank and funny romance that shows how sparks fly when opposites attract.

My Thoughts

This is a fairly surface read with one dimensional characters and a predictable plot line.  It didn’t bother me because I enjoy a good, simple romance every once in a while.  I liked Drew, and I think most readers will agree he is a pretty ideal love interest.  The problem most readers will have is with Katie.  She is a strange mix and it is hard to see Drew’s attraction to her.  She is socially awkward beyond belief and her oblivious and often entitled world view cancels out a lot of empathy that her loneliness creates.  I’ll admit that she eventually grew on me, but she is hard to relate to.  This book is a pretty fast read, and the pace is fairly consistent.  I think the romantic relationship could have used more detail and I actually would have enjoyed a longer book.  Now, to my biggest complaint – the ending.  While the biggest plot point is nicely resolved, the author chose to leave readers hanging on one of the subplots.  I believe it was to make a point, but, come on!  It irritated me.  This is a clean, sweet contemporary romance with language and situations appropriate for grades 7+.

I received ed an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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