Monday 16 July 2018

Blog Tour- A Bad Boy Stole My Bra

Hellllooooo, welcome to my stop on the A Bad Boy Stole My Bra blog tour. I thought I'd share my thoughts on the book with you all with a good ole fashion review.

When Alec Wilde moves in next door, the last thing Riley expects is to find him in her room in the middle of the night holding her bra! When Alec refuses to give it back (it was a dare after all) Riley decides to get her revenge with a series of pranks. Riley soon discovers that Alec isn't just the bad boy everyone thinks he is, and there may be a reason as to why he acts that way. However, Riley has her own secret, something so terrible that she hasn't even told her best friend. Riley must decide between revealing her secret to her friends or cutting herself off from them, but which will she choose?

So the cover of this book is eye-catching to say the least! The title of this book is brilliant, and it immediately reminded me of the Georgia Nicolson books. I love reading funny books, so I was excited to read this one.

The book follows Riley, a girl who wakes up in the middle of the night to find her attractive new neighbour in her room stealing her bra! After trying and failing to get it back, Riley decides to get him back by pranking him. I loved the pranks and how Riley got herself into some hilariously awkward situations. The pranks often backfired on her and I loved the playful relationship she had with Alec. The lighthearted funny moments were exactly what I had expected from this book!

I usually love a good plot twist, but I didn't really enjoy the subplot involving Riley's cousin. I felt as if it made the story too dark, and this wasn't hinted at in the summary, and definitely didn't fit in with the bright yellow cover! I feel as if people who read this book wanting a funny, cheesy romance probably won't enjoy this part, as to me it just didn't fit in with the rest of the book.

Apart from Riley and Alec, the rest of the characters were pretty two dimensional, especially Alec's friends who were practically interchangeable. The majority of the side characters lacked personality, and even the physical descriptions of the boys were identical. I wish fictional teenage boys would stop being described as having “chiseled abs”, as I'm pretty sure not one boy in my school had abs. Teenage boys usually don't have the time or money to hit the gym every day.

Riley was a likable character, and was easy to sympathise with. I loved that she was a geek and was obsessed with horror movies, and how she was constantly getting herself into awkward situations. I felt as if her mental health problems needed more research, as although she is described as having anxiety, to me it looked a lot more like PTSD, something that isn't brought up as often in YA. Riley's anxiety and panic attacks are always triggered by memories of a certain traumatic event from her past, but the fact that what she has is actually PTSD is never brought up. Something else that I didn't like was how Riley constantly described herself as being a loner and an outsider, which obviously isn't the case, as she is invited to house parties and is friends with some of the most popular boys in her school. As someone who went through school being constantly bullied and having one or two friends, I don't think Riley truly understood what being an outsider was.

I have mixed feelings about Alec. I found him to be sweet, kind and funny at times, and I particularly enjoyed his terrible pickup lines. However, he was also quite possessive and got angry and jealous whenever a boy showed interest in Riley despite Riley not being his girlfriend. Instead of admitting he had feelings for Riley, he acted as if he didn't care about her, which I felt was quite a childish reaction. To me, his reactions seemed too aggressive, as he even got angry when one of his friends was interested in Riley. There were times when I really wanted Riley to call him out for his behaviour, but she was quite passive.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the laugh out loud book I thought it was going to be, and although it started out promising, it soon took a more serious turn. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had just stuck to being a funny, lighthearted book, as sometimes I just want to read something happy without the characters going through life-changing trauma. I loved the pranks, the banter, the bad pick up lines and the chemistry between Riley and Alec, but unfortunately, everything else fell a little flat for me.

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