A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
For Real is definitely a very unique YA/NA book. I had a hard time putting it down due to the book capturing my interest the minute Shannon started telling her story. Chelsea M. Cameron gives us a story about a girl, who has some very awful friends that need to mind their own business and boy, who happens to cross paths with this girl and ends up helping her out.
Shannon is a girl trying to get through college and survive her crazy friends. They all think Shannon needs to get out there and meet a guy and lose her virginity finally. Shannon though, is not having it. In fact, her friends force her one night to make a decision on shutting them all up. She ends up coming across, Jett, who she saw previously before. He kind of owes her. They strike up a deal and they decide to stage a fake-relationship. This should keep her friends quiet and happy. Unfortunately, things start spiraling out of control and those lies that Shannon and Jett have to keep up with are definitely going to backfire on them.
For one month, this fake relationship is supposed to last, but of course some things can get in the way and some things can happen to make what is supposed to be fake…become very real.
Shannon is the girl, who has never lost her virginity and her friends are sad for her and they want to make her achieve losing it. They go all in the wrong way of doing it though. In fact, I despised Shannon’s friends…especially her so-called best friend Hazel. Shannon definitely could have handled her friend better and stood up for herself…but she did not. Shannon though did come up with the plan on trying to make her friends happy. In my opinion though, if you have friends that treat you like her friends did in the story…then it may be time to make new ones.
Jett was a sweetie in the story and I loved him from the first chapter, when Shannon first met him. He stole my heart in the story and, when he told Shannon, what he went through growing up, I felt sorry for him. He managed to get a way from it all though. He changed his life and made do. I could tell every time, he was around Shannon he was tense and anxious because of how Chelsea wrote his character. He definitely stole the show for me in the book.
I loved the storyline of For Real, the tension between the characters (Shannon/Jett), and the ending (definitely the ending, when a truth comes out about a certain someone). Chelsea M. Cameron did a great job making me love/hate certain characters. I felt both Shannon and Jett’s emotions, while reading the book. There are times though, I wanted to knock them both senseless to wake them up, especially Shannon. The things that really bothered me was Shannon’s friends and how Shannon did not stand up for herself most of the times. Other than that, this is a very enjoyable read about two characters, who help each other in different ways.
I give this book 4 full moons and definitely recommend it to readers out there that love the new adult and contemporary romance genres.
I look forward to reading even more books from Chelsea and even looking more forward to the next book in the Rules of Love series.
I received a complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.