Author: Natalie Whipple
Publisher: Whipple House
Date of Publication: November 10, 2015
Russ is a high school football player who feels like he always comes in second to his best friend, Garret. In sports. In school. With girls. Well, he's tired of it, and he gets the rather foolish idea that if he can win the heart of the new girl in town before Garret he can prove he's not just sloppy seconds.
His plan? Use his anime-obsessed sister's group, who has befriended the new girl, to get closer to her. He'd never tell the team, but he's been going to Anime Night for years and might even enjoy it. That would ruin his reputation, just like his secret love for cooking and James Taylor.
But pretending to be something you aren't catches up to you eventually, and Russ can only get away with living two lives for so long. As more than one person reveals they have something to hide, Russ must figure out what and who he really wants in his life. And more than that, he needs the courage to make it happen.
Russ is your typical high school football player who's just a little more than a jock with a reputation. Although his best friend is always on top of everything, Russ wants to be an individual and stand out. So when he meets HER, he has to do something different, something better than what he has been doing. But eventually everything catches up to him and small lies turn into broken hearts.
I really enjoyed the book and although it wasn't as fast as I would like it to be, I enjoyed the writing and the style that the author has. Perfect for those high-school memories, this is perfect for someone that wants a light read.