Author: Max Henry
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Author: Max Henry
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Series: Arcadia High Anarchists #1
Boys versus girls. Those who have it all versus those who’d do anything to get it.
Caught between two worlds, I no longer know who I am.
I was one of the Chosen. Four girls, and four boys, destined to have it all: wealth, status, and a future. Now, I find myself on the other side looking for a way back in.
My father’s criminal case meant we lost it all. Forced out of our home, our city, our life, we started anew in a sweet country town called Arcadia.
Except after one day as “the new girl” I know there isn’t a single sweet thing about Arcadia High. Trouble brews amongst the student body. Love, lies, and betrayal. And when the consequences spill out the decorative gates?
These spoilt country kids won’t know what hit them after the city come to collect.
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“Oh,” she chuckles. “You doing your own laundry now too, Gucci?”
“My name is Lacey,” I grind out.
She lifts her hands, striding into a stall. It doesn’t shut her up any. “You know, there’s a real easy way you can be left alone.”
I return to researching stain removal while she pees.
“You want to know what it is?” The cistern flushes, the door to her stall swinging open shortly after.
“I get the feeling you’ll tell me anyway.”
She pumps soap in her hand at the sink beside mine, watching me in the mirror. “Stay the fuck away from our men.”
“Last I checked they didn’t have your names tattooed on them.”
The bitch strolls behind me to then reach out and dry her hands on the clear part of my shirt. “Oh. Woops. I’ve made it worse.” She snatches it off the sink before I can stop her. “Let me take care of this for you.”
To my horror, she strides back into the stall and stuffs my shirt into the sanitary bin. I lunge after her, but she fends me off with a boot kicked out behind her.
“Seriously!” I holler, arms tense with rage.
“As I said,” she says with a pitying smile. “Stay the fuck away from our men, and we’ll lay off the heat.”
“You don’t get it, do you?” I grind out as she waltzes toward the door.
“Get what? That you’re not welcome here?”
I cross my arms over my chest. “That picking on me only makes me fight back harder.”
She snorts, giving a little head wiggle. “Then it’s your funeral, bitch.”
I love a good high school bully romance and this series is off to a great start! Lacey went from being on of the “Chosen” elite living in a life full of entitlement and riches to suddenly losing it all after her father is used as scape goat for some nefarious business dealings. This pampered girl and her brother, Colt find themselves uprooted from the city to start the school year at Arcadia high - a rural school. Of course the transition is anything, but easy and the author does a great job illustrating this.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Lacey. She starts off with a major superiority complex. However, she won me over as she evolved and matured as a character. Many times, my heart hurt for her as she was belittled and treated poorly. The author beautifully showed her struggle in figuring out just where she belonged. I also want to give a shout out to Maggie. I love that girl’s quirkiness and how she is such a great friend to Lacey.
There are bullying pranks, hurled insults, lies, and deception at play as well as a budding romance between Lacey and one of the other characters. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I did find that some small parts of the middle dragged when compared to how the beginning started off and with how much the storyline progressed during the last third. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this high school bully romance. I receive Good Girls for free and I am definitely looking forward to seeing where this author leads us next!
For as long as she can remember, Max has always had a love of the macabre and thought provoking side to life.
Which probably stands to reason why each of her books takes the reader on an emotional journey that not only promises twists, turns, and suspense, but a heart-wrenching journey where her motto holds true:
Love never comes easy.
When she's not lost in an alternate world - fuelled by coffee and the odd sneaky bowl of chocolate (preferably M&Ms) - she spends her days as a wife to a dedicated husband, mother to two rambunctious boys, and an obsessive petrolhead enjoying the muscle on display at the local car shows.
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