I loved, loved, loved these two YA books I recently read. They’re written by two awesome sisters–Robin Daniels and Kelly Oram. The first book is One of the Girls by Robin Daniels. The companion book is Girl at Heart by Kelly Oram.I adored both. Here are my reviews.
One of the Girls
This YA romance was super cute. Nick is a second-string football player who has crushed on Mia for years. She’s the head cheerleader and most popular girl at school. She’s also a complete sweetheart and pushover when it comes to guys and her friends. She isn’t able to stand up for herself and ever say no. When her star-quarterback boyfriend breaks up with her, Nick yearns to swoop in to pick up the pieces of her heart. But he’s only an acquaintance and has no normal way to talk to her, without looking dumb or desperate. And he’s terrified of rejection. Then he gets a wild and crazy idea on how to get close to her—by trying out for the cheer squad. He’s had years of tumbling and gymnastics experience and hates sitting the bench each game. So he quits football to try out for a spot as a cheerleader…and he makes it.
This book was adorbs. I loved the funny situations Nick gets into by becoming a cheerleader and being “one of the girls.” I laughed, I sighed, I cheered! The characters were great. The story line was intriguing and fun. The romance between the two characters was top-notch. And there are a lot of fun twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.
Girl at Heart
Yea!!! Squeal!!! Giggle!!! I have to do all the girly things we girls do to show how excited I am about this YA book. Girl at Heart features Charlie (Charlotte) on an all-guys baseball team. She plays catcher and is super duper good. It’s senior year, her team is just weeks away from the State Championship playoffs, and she has decided it’s time to bare her heart and confess her love for her best friend, Eric. They have been best friends since grade school, and most people at their school assume they are boyfriend-girlfriend because they’re pretty much attached at the hips. But Eric has never made a romantic gesture…and she’s dying inside holding in her love. But when she asks about Prom and learns he’s already asked another girl out…her heart dies and she spirals mentally and quits the baseball team weeks before the season is over. She’s always been treated as one of the guys…but deep inside, she’s a girl at heart. But being raised by a single father and having only guy friends has made it impossible for her to know how to BE a girl.
And so starts this amazing story where Charlie learns how to be more girly. I gobbled it up in 2 days. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the characters. They really came to life and I loved seeing Charlie’s transformation into femininity as she learns to be happy being true to herself and what she really wants, even when some of her best friends are angry and feel she’s changing for the wrong reasons. It’s a good lesson for all of us to figure out who WE are and who we want to be, and then be that person, to heck with the naysayers. Awesome book. I have nothing but praise for it!
About the Authors
Robin Daniels – The most important thing to know about me is that I’m basically a sixteen-year-old trapped in an adult’s body. It’s why I feel such a great connection to all of my characters and why I love to write romantic comedy. The kid in me just wants to be goofy. Besides being a writer; I’m a wife, mother of five, volleyball enthusiast and home decorating guru. My list of favorites includes: reading, Christmas, pedicures, dessert, steak, Arizona winters and most importantly, Diet Coke.
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.