Monday, October 26, 2009
The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE BATTLE OF THE EXES...
Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized break-up. Now the two are “just friends,” excluding the occasional flirtation.
When Hayden wins the girls’ division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn’t have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick’s bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden’s and the boys on Nick’s, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated--and if they’re not careful, they might end up igniting some old flames.
To be completely honest, I was a bit hesitant to pick this up at first, because I'm usually not that big of a fan of Simon Pulse's Romantic Comedies. Plus, I had no prior knowledge about snowboarding. But this was by Jennifer Echols', the amazingly talented person who wrote Going Too Far, so I decided to give it the chance it deserved and let me tell you, it was definitely worth it! Since, The Ex-Games was one seriously cute novel with a funny undertone that I adored!
Hayden was a character that was easy to like from the first page, because while she was a wickedly awesome snowboarder, she still had her faults and fears that any teenager could relate too. Also, I loved reading about her two best friends, Liz and Chloe! Adding to that, Nick was a boy character that was not only drool worthy, but sweet too, which made me seriously wish I could have me own Nick Krieger in my life. :)
Further more, the plot was action packed and never lagged for a second, which definitely won points in my eyes and made me come to love Ms. Echols' books even more! And as stated above even though I had no experience with snow boarding and the terms, I still could understand the whole sport because of the chapter titles ( which were a snow boarding term defined not only with it's technical definition but how it related to the chapter at hand) but how easily Jennifer described it, which in affect made me feel like I was right there with the characters.
Overall this is yet another fabulous novel by Jennifer and I can't tell you just how much I can't wait to read her future books!
I suggest this to fans of romantic comedies or teens who loved Jen's previous novels!
The Ex Games is now out!
* Much thanks goes to Jennifer for sending me a copy of this for review! :)