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Book Review: Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logstead


Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn’t get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents’ fight, and the knowledge that—ultimately—someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate?

This title in the If Only line is a frank and funny romance that shows how sparks fly when opposites attract.


Ahhhhh. I am… disappointed. After I read The Wrong Side of Right I’ve been craving to read another YA Contemporary-Political novel, and when I saw Red Girl, Blue Boy I thought that craving would be satisfied, but I was wrong.

First, Let’s talk about the good. I really liked Drew as a character. He felt genuine and real. He developed and progressed as the story went on. His values and believes were highlighted many times throughout the novel. He was my favorite character in RGBB.

Now… Katie. I did not like her at all. Over half of the novel, I felt like Katie’s character was stagnant. I didn’t see any development. She felt forced, at times a bit fake, and annoying. I know this sounds really harsh and I feel bad for saying that, but if there was a reason as to why she was the way she was, we were never told. At least I didn’t see it. I don’t judge a character by their likability, but by their development.

I will say that once the story got going, it was stinking cute. And adorable at times too. Drew’s puppy love was adorable, and I was even starting to like Kat a little because Drew liked her so much, but in the end that wasn’t enough.

If you enjoy fluffy, quick reads, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a romance-political thrilling read, you’re not going to get that with Red Girl, Blue Boy.

Red Girl, Blue Boy comes out today! Go to your major/local bookstore to get it if it sounds like your type of book!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Disclaimer: I received this ARC from Emma @ Miss Print. Receiving this book for free does not influence my opinion.

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