Teen Review: Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Ashtyn Parker is the only female football player at Fremont High. She dates the star quarterback Landon and her mother left when she six. Everything is going fine until her team votes her as captain instead of Landon. To top it all off, her sister Brandi, who she hasn't seen for seven years, suddenly comes home with her son Julian and step son Derek. Derek Fitzpatrick is a legendary high school football player who got expelled from his private high school for pulling a prank with his buddies. His father, who is in the Navy, is away for 6 months and his mother died from lung cancer. When he gets expelled, Brandi takes him and Julian with her to Chicago to her parent’s house. When Derek shows up and meets Ashtyn, sparks fly. They annoy each other and bug each other but all throughout Derek acts the part of the savior. When Landon quits the team and joins the rival team, Ashtyn has to find a new QB to take his place and be good enough to take them all the way to states. As the story progresses, Ashtyn falls for Derek and Derek tries to push her away because of his unresolved inner conflicts. Can they both help each other out and will love at the end prevail?

My Opinion:
I loved this book. I am a big Dashtyn fan and I give Simone Elkeles 5 stars for writing a wonderful book. There was just the right amount of humor and seriousness to keep me going. It was such a wonderful and easy read and has become one of my favorite books. I love how the heroine plays football and isn't afraid to get a little dirty. Superbly done and I hope to read more of her books in the future. -Arig

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