book: Good for You, Tammara Webber
Series: Between the Lines Series, #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 15th, 2011
Rating: 5 stars
I didn’t write a review of the first two books of this series because they weren’t good enough for me to go to the effort of actually writing about it. They were good, but not great.
This book though – wow. Amazing! It took me only 3 days to read this because I just couldn’t put it down!
Reid Alexander – your traditional party boy slash celebrity. Goes out every night, gets drunk off his ass and takes the first pretty thing he sees back to his mansion.
Dori Cantrell – daughter of a pastor, your traditional good girl. Does plenty of charity work and finds it hard to think of doing things for herself without feeling guilty.
I knew these two would have amazing chemistry together, but still. Every time something happened that elevated their relationship to the next level I would have to put the book down and squeal like your typical fangirl before I could continue reading (yeah I know).
While Reid will never measure up to Adrian Ivashkov (who could, really?), I still liked him and found him amusing. In the first 2 books, while we do get his POV, we don’t see much growth from his character (except maybe the ending of book #2, but I won’t give that away). While drunk-driving, he crashes his car into the rental house of a family who’s getting their house rebuilt by volunteers. Reid’s punishment is to help rebuild that house for a month. That’s where he meets Dori, who completely changes Reid’s perspective on life. While they (naturally) despise each other at first, they can’t help falling for each other. Once Reid discovers this is the first proper time he’s falling for a girl, he changes drastically. From abstaining from sex, alcohol and drugs to giving his money over to charities, he becomes a much more respected person of society.
First off, did anyone else think of Dory from Finding Nemo when you found out her name? Me too! Anyway. She’s your good girl, who is the complete opposite of Reid but turns out he’s exactly what she needs. While she tries to pull away from him at first, she can’t help but be drawn to him. She had some pretty holy-crap surprises you would not expect from a daughter of the pastor, but Webber was able to make it work with the character and it actually made her character more likable and endearing. <SPOILER> And when a family member gets into a terrible accident, Dori’s world begins to fall apart even though everyone around her says that she’s the strong one. While her parents pray to God for miracles, Dori begins to wonder the same thing we all do at some time in our lives: “What’s the point?” And I can totally empathise. <SPOILER> She soon finds that Reid is the only person she can be herself with and be able to tell stuff she can’t even tell her family.
I can’t get over how much I loved this book! It was inspiring, un-put-down-able, exciting, and had secondary characters that actually had a purpose and weren’t just there.
I wouldn’t even bother reading the first 2 books; they aren’t as good and are completely irrelevant to this book except for the few times the characters from those books are mentioned (and even then it doesn’t give too much away you knew was going to happen anyway.)
5 stars Utterly awesome. Way better than Easy too, which I didn’t enjoy at all.