Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen#1) by Liz Reinhardt
Good Reads Summary
What happens when you fall for the perfect guy...twice...in one day?
Brenna Blixen spent her freshman year homeschooling in Denmark; now that she's back in the States, she's determined to make her sophomore year unforgettable. And by unforgettable, she imagined awesome classes, fun friendships, and maybe a little romance.
What she got was a whole lot of romance, and all at once.
The same day that dark, brooding Saxon Maclean charmed her with his killer good looks and whip-smart wit, Jake Kelly stole her breath away with his heart-wrenching smile and intelligent, thoughtful focus.
But Saxon is a proud player who makes it clear that he doesn't know why he can't get Brenna off of his mind and out of his system, and Jake's sweet and humble attitude hides a secret past life that might be darker and more complex than Brenna is willing to deal with.
Complicating the matter is the fact that Saxon and Jake were once best friends and are now arch-enemies...and the more Brenna finds out about their connection to each other, the more intrigued and worried she becomes.
Between keeping the peace with her lovingly over-protective parents, designing t-shirts for her high school's rising punk band, keeping up her grades in classes split between academic and technical high school, and running the track like a maniac, Brenna has enough to worry about with out juggling two guys who make her heart thud and drive her crazy all at once.
She has to make a choice, but how is she supposed to do that when giving her heart to one of them might mean breaking the other's?
Recommended Age Group: Older YA.
I see drama in Brenna Blixen’s future, and strangely, me wants it. A good deal of Double Clutch alternates between cute and hot, so I enjoyed this story despite it being yet another one of a girl torn between two boys, each appealing in their own right.
Despite depictions of skanky girls throwing themselves at hot boys, and bad boys with deep dark secrets that they’re reluctant to share, or even a girl with the tendency of wanting to see the good is so obviously flawed boys, the story is good, surprisingly so.
What’s to like? Brenna is direct and frank and just a little bit innocent. At first glance I took her to be another new girl unaware of her charms. She’s not. As she’s actually more aware of who she is what she wants than is common. Being certain about what she wants and how to go about it, she splits time between regular school and tech. It’s this decision that gets her into “trouble.”
I would shelve this with DUFF and Shut Out because all three touch on matters of sex and exploring the same in an upfront manner; there’s no shying away from it. Rather than virginal girls afraid of sex or boys pushing for it, there’s a girl who’s curious, who asks about then acts. While they do touch on a similar topic, I would say that Double Clutch was better with its delivery being less obvious, flowing more naturally from the story, rather than being part of a message. Basically, it’s better being less obvious in away.
But it’s not perfect either. The story was cut right before something big was going to happen. Events near the end had me holding my breath thinking a couple more chapters were to follow. To leave things as they were with that big reveal…left me hanging. It’s good thing the second book is out.