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Making Bad Choices by [Stradling, Rita]
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"I think the reason that I found myself so captivated by this book and unable to put it down was that the storyline and characters were so realistic."
- Kimberly LaRocco, Goodreads Reviewer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The development of Cassie and Cutlers relationship is slow, sensual and has a beauty to it that you don't often find in YA romances."
- Rabid Reader, Goodreads Reviewer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

[Recommended for 16 + this is a mature YA or New Adult book]

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn't bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him, and I thought it was mutual. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad's house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn't just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rita Stradling Books (10 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow! I found a new author that I love! I've already got two more of her books to read! I loved this! Of course, I really love angst. I knew the whole falling for your stepbrother thing would bring lots of angst. But this book was so much more than that.

Cassie lived alone with her mom and took care of her while her mom fought cancer since Cassie was 11 years old, she lost that fight on Cassie's 18th birthday. Now Cassie had to pick up and move from L.A. where she grew up, to some place called Bulvin (which is more of a small town and snowy). She doesn't have a real close relationship with her father and his wife, in fact she says she thinks of them more like her aunt and uncle. But when Cassie's mom dies they are helpful, and they take care of all the arrangements. Once the funeral is over they send her on with Culter (I love that name!) to drive to Bulvin with him in his truck and said they'll wrap things up there for the next week, so she won't have to worry about it. Well, now that's where things really start to get interesting. You have to read it to see how...

This is a great read! I'm giving it 5 stars and I wish it didn't have to end! But I guess that's how we feel about the really great ones!!!
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This book was a really good read that combined intense emotions of love, lust and grief with family secrets and the normal high school experiences explored in YA novels. I really loved the plot twists and was shocked by the messed up family secrets. Cassie and Culter's romance was really sweet especially how supportive he was of Cassie after her Mum died. This book was really interesting not only because of the page turning beginning, (Cassie's Mum dies within a few chapters of the book), but also because of a great cast of characters such as Tyler, Culter and Cassie's Aunt. Overall, this was a great read that I would recommend to those that love family drama, intense and emotional reads or YA romances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and believable 25 January 2017
By cricket - Published on
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A step-sibling romance? This somewhat trendy, buzz-word-search-friendly, oversaturated sub-genre is likely to instill some quick visceral reactions, but, in this instance, it's worth ignoring your gut and indulging in some guilty-pleasure reading.

This is a sweet story with realistic characters in realistic situations, with a little bit of over-drama that, as one of my own step-brothers has reminded me, is simply true to newly-eighteen-year-olds. There is a lot going on behind the romance -- and I would have liked these topics to have been dealt with more directly, as Cassie's thoughts on death, love, and morality sometimes felt a bit superficial.

Overall, though, this would have made a great made-for-tv drama, and I will be reading the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story! 30 January 2017
By Fiona Leung - Published on
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Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling is a YA/NA contemporary romance. The book is narrated by Cassie whose mom has been in a long battle with cancer. After losing her mom when she's 18, Cassie had to move across the country to live with her Dad, stepmom Jen, half-brother Josh, and step brother Culter.

Now, Culter used to treat Cassie badly when they were young, or so Cassie thought. But when they met again after Cassie's mom's death, Culter seemed like an entirely different person. He treated Cassie with care and always put her first. Cassie was really cautious with him, wondering when this "peace truce" would end. But it turned out that really is how Culter is.

School wasn't exactly pleasant for Cassie, being in the same school and sharing many same classes with Culter. Weird and forbidden thoughts were in Cassie's mind but she always tried to push them to the back of her head. Being around Culter seemed to do things to her.

As Cassie and Culter got closer, Cassie tried to keep things under wraps but rumours started flying around school. Also, there was some mysterious thing going on between her Dad, step-mom and the other adults. What exactly happened that Cassie wasn't aware of? As things started spiralling out of control, more was revealed and it was jaw-dropping in my opinion.

Overall this was a really well written story in the true Rita Stradling style. I'm a fan and will happily read more of Rita's works.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sad 26 March 2017
By Zili Robins - Published on
Oh the cute YA drama!!

Making Bad Choices is a sweet, mature YA story about first love, grief and friendship. I read a lot of fantasy stories so sometimes it's nice to focus on a story about ordinary teens and their more normal problems. That being said I'm not sure too many teens will have been through as much as Cassie but I'm also sure many will also being dealing with their own grief.

I may have made it sound like the entire plot is about loss and although this is a big part of the story, it's about so much more. Cassie's and Culter's romance is sweet and charming, whilst their family situation may be particularly unusual.

The secondary characters including Tyler and Cassie's Aunt are really interesting - I'd love to read more about Tyler, who totally charmed me with his street smarts and vulnerability.

I enjoyed the book and felt Rita Stradling tackles the more traumatic issues with grace and sensitivity.

4 Stars in my Sky!

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4.0 out of 5 stars This story spells complicated in capitals. 15 April 2017
By iamnotabookworm - Published on
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This is the story of Cassie. A girl whose family tree is a bit complicated. Oh, scratched that. Not a bit complicated but really complicated. At a young age, her usual hang out is the hospital to care for her mother who has cancer. When her mother died, she had to move from Los Angeles to Bulvin, Colorado to live with her Dad. In Bulvin, she will be living with her Dad's new wife Jen, her step-brother Josh and the other step-brother Culter--Jen's son from another man. Cassie used to have a crush on Culter but he broke her heart.

Making Bad Choices. What kind of bad choices? Intriguing right? Exactly why I signed up to review this one. I was drawn in by the intriguing title. And the story didn't disappoint. It was full of scandals and dirty secrets. Like a can of worms just waiting to be opened. More like cans of worms.

Cassie thought that developing feelings for her step-brother was complicated enough, little did she know that her life in Bulvin is getting more complicated as she gets to know the people. The next days of her life are like accidents waiting to happen. Having to deal with the death of her mother is difficult enough, fitting into a new school and meeting new friends is also tricky. Will she survive the cold weather in Colorado and the snowstorm that is waiting to blow her life away?

This story spells complicated in capitals. I felt sorry for Cassie having to go through all these difficulties in her life and family. She thought her mom dying of cancer was the worst she had to deal with but she still have a lot learn. Her heart not only got cut into pieces but it also got pounded to pulp. But out of all the shocking revelations, she found strength and happiness in Culter and in some of the new friends she met. For the first time in a long time, she feels happy. Like she is able to breathe after holding her breath for like forever. After a long time, she feels alive.

This book attempts to explore the relationships in combined families. The story poses a very delicate and difficult question. Is it still taboo to have feelings for your step-sibling even though you are not in anyway related? Like in this story, even if Culter's mom and Cassie's dad are married, when you really look at it, Cassie and Culter are not really related. They are both products of their parent's previous relationships. They may share a common sibling--in this story, Josh, but still, that does not make them any more related. For me, I think Cassie and Culter's feelings for each other is not wrong. Love is never wrong. Besides, the two grew up in different households. They never grew up in the same house together. Their situation may be strange but not as unusual as a guy marrying his dead wife's sister. Sister wives, right? I think the situation gets fickle when and if these two grew up in the same house. Definitely, them developing feelings for each other would be awkward and would really be an issue that would be quite delicate to navigate. I will let their parents worry about it. I wouldn't even attempt to decipher the complexity of the implications.

I give the book 4/5 sticky notes. The Cassie and Culter's situation is definitely not the usual teenage love story we hear. I think Cassie deserves to be happy after all the heartbreak, loss and shit days she had been through. She deserves to feel like a teenager even for just a moment. She deserves to make mistakes, make bad choices and learn from them. Although, from this story, she choose to be happy. I think choosing to be happy, as long as you are not hurting anyone is always a good choice.

The thing about shit days--I mean, the worst days of your life--is that they end. I said, shit days always end, for better or for worse.
- Rita Stradling, Making Bad Choices -

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed this story 3 April 2017
By Amers - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Well, this book was kind of a surprise. I was on the fence as to whether I would enjoy it or not because of the “step brother romance” attached to its genre’s. Now, I’ve never read a “step-brother” romance, and the blurb really intrigued me, so I had to say yes, and give it a shot. I was nervous and worried that the “taboo” that comes along with it, would sway my mind as I read and would keep me from really giving it a chance. I’m telling you all of this for those of you that feel the same way, that shy away from a great sounding blurb, because of some “taboo.” If you’re like me, I get it, but please, give this author and this book a chance.

Okay, let’s get to the down and dirty; the details, descriptions, and feels of the book! I absolutely applaud this author for the way that she wrote this story. As I read the story, it took me back to my days in high school. It made me laugh and giggle and brought back those feelings I had when I first really fell head over heels for my husband. So to say it took me back to my high school days was really fun and exciting. Now, along with that, came some unnecessary drama – but that happens when the star football player falls in love, right?

There were some definite heavy portions. They were confusing at first but they all made sense by the end of the story. It didn’t make them any happier, but maybe a little more heart breaking. Some of the things that these characters dealt with in this story are definitely things that kids, even 18 year olds, shouldn’t be facing from their family. These characters were all written to have some great chemistry and formed some friendships that were unbreakable.

So, it’s safe to say, I absolutely adored this book. The story line flowed extremely well, it was funny, intriguing, and really held my attention. I would have really missed out on such a GREAT storyline had I just turned it down due the category it fell into. If you like an exciting romance story, with great, witty, funny characters that love hard and fight for their tribe even harder, definitely get your hands on a copy of this! You’ll really enjoy it.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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