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Trouble from the Start by [Hawthorne, Rachel]
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Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti, Trouble from the Start is a sweet and romantic read about a good girl who falls for a bad boy.

Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can't seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn't bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster?

A companion novel to Rachel Hawthorne's paperback original The Boyfriend Project, this title is perfect for fans of summer beach reads and sweet treats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (28 April 2015)
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the same vein as the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. 29 April 2015
By Emily S. - Published on
3.5 stars

It has been raining for like 3 days here and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of doing nothing else but read. And when you get a quick, easy read like this, it’s the perfect match for a rainy day.

Trouble from the Start is a sweet book about looking through someone’s outer image, and finding out who they really are on the inside.

This is also a book about family and that’s what I enjoyed the most. Avery and her family are real. They remind me of my own family and that made me smile more than once.

Avery was somewhat of a snob in the beginning (and I’m glad she gets over that). She only saw the person that the rumors painted. However, she did remind me of myself when I was in high school. Never really focused on finding a boyfriend. Always worried about my grades and getting out of school to see what the real world would be all about. I grew to relate to Avery very quickly.

On the other hand, her friend Kendall, I did not grow to like.

Kendall and her boyfriend Jeremy’s relationship was sickeningly sweet. It really makes me not miss high school, where all the couples were oh so “in love”. I guess if I had read the companion novel to this one, I could understand their relationship more. I suppose I’m more of a cynical romantic. Meh.

Fletcher is a sweet heart with a few secrets. I saw it coming before his secret was revealed, but it still hurt just the same. I’m glad he has Avery, it’s the least he deserves.

I read this book in a matter of hours. It is just like candy and I did not wanna put it down! If you loved the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles, you’ll love Trouble From the Start!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Trouble from the Star by Rachel Hawthorne 29 April 2015
By Alyssa - Published on
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

One of two companion novels from beach-read favorite Rachel Hawthorne, this cute, romantic paperback original is about a good girl who falls for a bad guy.

Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can’t seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn't bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster?

Trouble from the Start releases simultaneously with companion novel The Boyfriend Project. These heartwarming paperback originals are the perfect summer reads, great for fans of Jennifer Echols, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti.

What I Liked:

This book was really sweet, just what I needed at the moment. Think of this one along the lines of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, or Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt. This is a YA contemporary romance novel with an extremely likable female protagonist, an intriguing but not-too-cliche male protagonist, and just enough issues and feels to make this book a great one, not overly cliche or terribly heartbreaking or anything.

Avery is third in her class (hey, like I was!), not too far behind the one and two (same here, girl!). She's a grammar nerd, a tutor, a girl who follows the rules and wants to make her parents proud (... like me. This girl and I would get along so well. WE ARE CARBON COPIES). Fletcher, on the other hand, might not graduate. He walks around with fresh bruises and a cocky, God's-gift-to-females attitude.He doesn't like commitment, and he likes "easy" girls. When Avery's cop (detective, actuall) father brings Fletcher to their home (he does that every summer, bring home troubled kids to the home, get them on their feet), Avery is shocked. But Avery and Fletcher start to get to know each other, and sparks fly. Fletcher knows he shouldn't mess with Avery, daughter of the cop who save his life, but Avery wants Fletcher, and he wants her.

As you can tell, I really liked Avery. I could easily, VERY easily relate to her. She's a nerd, very honest, very hardworking, very driven. She's third in her class, but not by much. We differ on that - she's comfortable being third (she doesn't have to do a speech at graduation), whereas I was a smidgen bitter about it (I was SO CLOSE to being number two, and number two and number one weren't that far apart either. Ugh.). She tutors in her free time, as a volunteer (as I did/do). She loves learning, and helping others, and being just plain nice. This girl is my clone.

Avery has never had a boyfriend. She's never done the deed. She doesn't drink (though, at the party in the beginning of the book, she did). She doesn't break the rules, she doesn't want to disappoint her parents. She wants a boyfriend, but she wants the right boyfriend. She's very much a one-guy girl. I have so much respect for this girl, and not just because she's like me.

I'm a sucker for good (nerd) girls and bad boys falling for each other. Mostly because that's the story of my life, but even before I went through this, I'd always liked this type of romance. There's something magical about opposites attracting. Something about two people balancing each other. One is super crazy fun, the other is super rational. They push each other - one doesn't try to fix the other, or vice versa. It's like a mutual desire to want to be better, and to push the other.

I really liked Fletcher. He's had a rough childhood, with his mother dead (at a young age), and his father an abusive drunkard. Avery's father catches Fletcher in the middle of doing something bad, and her father reaches out to him and has him stay with the family. Fletcher is a guy of few words, very closed off and unwilling to trust people. He has no problems with girls, but he's always felt something towards Avery. She's always been nice to him, and yet, she doesn't cut him any slack. She's not easy, but he doesn't see her as a challenge. He sees her as someone he cares about too much - but he's no good for her.

I love their story, romance and friendship. They're friends at first. Avery is sure that Fletcher wants nothing to do with her, and she's not in love with him from the start (no insta-love). She likes him as a person - and he likes her as a person. They're friends... until something happens, Fletcher is emotionally hurting, and they kiss. Then things get a bit awkward, but they go to pretending to be friends again. But we all know they're interested in each other, even if they're both avoiding the idea of being together, for different reasons.

The story is pretty romance-based, but there is so much else going on. This book takes place during the last week of senior year, and everyone is scrambling to take final exams, and then graduate. Fletcher is in jeopardy of not graduating. Meanwhile, Avery is tutoring others to help them pass their finals and graduate. Fletcher's father makes an appearance towards the middle of the book, and things start to pick up, outside of academics and the romance. But they're all intertwined.

This book hits on certain themes important to teenagers and young adults today. Reputation is one of them - Avery's reputation at the beginning of the story is in danger a bit, because of a rumor and a bet. Things are cleared up, but it goes to show how one small, insignificant decision could change the way people see you - whether the rumor is true or not.

This story has a great flow to it. There is no insta-love, no love triangle, no insane characters or cliches in relationships. I love Avery's best friend, Kendall. This is a great example of a healthy female friendship. And Kendall has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who is really sweet.

The story ends nicely, romance and family issues and graduation and everything. It's a bit cookie-cutter perfect in some areas, but I was so pleased that things worked out (it seemed like some issues would be permanent, but not so), so I didn't mind. This is definitely a contemporary romance novel that I could relate to, and that I enjoyed.

What I Did Not Like:

I can't think of anything specific to say here - I really enjoyed this book! See, I can enjoy contemporary!

Would I Recommend It:

I liked this book a lot, so I would recommend it! It's a sweet contemporary romance novel, not bogged down by angsty romance or cliches or terribly tough issues that make everything heartbreaking or tragic. And hey - if I liked this one, me being someone who is hit or miss with contemporary novels, then you might enjoy it too!


4 stars. I really enjoyed this book! Definitely a favorite YA contemporary romance read for the year so far. I'm not as interested in The Boyfriend Project, which is the companion to this book, and features Kendall and Jeremy (who have been together for quite some time), but I might give it a shot! This book though, this one was wonderful.
4.0 out of 5 stars but Avery just struck every wonderful chord with me 7 January 2016
By J. Arkin - Published on
Probably 4.5 stars!

Avery and Fletcher are from two different worlds – She’s straight A’s and college and a family that loves her and he’s… well, he’s not. He’s the guy at school that everyone knows based on reputation. A new girl every weekend and not a care in the world as far as grades go. But when their paths unexpectedly cross, Avery learns you can’t judge a person based on what you hear about them, and maybe Fletcher can teach her something about following her own dreams instead of living up to expectations you think your family has placed on you!

I thought this was a really cute read – while there is some drama in the way of Fletcher’s situation, it’s well done and doesn’t really over-take the story. It’s the catalyst to Avery and Fletcher connecting but it’s not what this story is about.

I sometimes find it hard not to nit pick female characters in YA books, but Avery just struck every wonderful chord with me. I found myself really liking her! I loved her intelligence and I loved how much she cared for everyone around her. Her family situation isn’t typical. Her father is a detective and every summer they have someone staying with them… someone who needs guidance and family. It’s how her brother was adopted into the family. This summer it ends up being Fletcher. She doesn’t know the why’s or how’s, but she doesn’t push Fletcher to spill, she simply is there for him when he needs it and their friendship builds from there. I have to admit there is one part in this book, pretty early on, that I absolutely fell in love with her. She sticks up for herself and tells Fletcher off and it was so amazing to see, but the other side of that situation is that Avery also really worries about her reputation and what people will think of her. She has high expectations for herself, even if they aren’t necessarily things she wants to pursue, she pushes forward because she feels like she’ll let her parents down if she doesn’t. I loved how Hawthorne kind of hid the reasons why she feels this way in the background of the story. It’s not apparent at first, but when her reasons spill out it totally made sense to me.

Fletcher … *sigh* he’s a bad boy you guys. There’s no other way to describe him. But he definitely has a soft side. He likes Avery. More than he should, but feels that there’s no future for them even if he felt he was worthy of her. He’s stuck in one place and she’s moving forward. His story is a pretty sad one, but when he finally realizes he isn’t his father and he doesn’t have to live this life that he feels he’s stuck with it was so amazing.

Fletcher and Avery together were so sweet. I loved that he never pushed her, and I loved that she always pushed him. Pushed him to make something of himself and not let circumstances tie him down. I really love that she respected herself enough to know she wasn’t going to compromise her principles and feelings just because she really liked him too – she told him her expectations relationship wise and if he wasn’t prepared to make a commitment then she was walking away… no matter how hard it would be.

I also really enjoyed Avery’s family in this book as well. It’s nice to see involved parents in YA lit every once in a while. They were just this normal family and that was apparent in much of this story. The expectations Avery felt were her own insecurities within her family instead of the unrealistic expectations of her parents. They want what many parents in real life want for their children… for them to do something they love and to be happy doing it. It was definitely refreshing.

Apparently this is a companion novel so there is another featuring Avery’s best friend coming out as well, but I don’t see why you couldn’t read these as standalones if you wanted. Honestly, Avery’s friend was bugging the crap out of me in this one, but I’m going to check it out because I truly loved Hawthorne’s writing style and I’m hoping she’ll change my mind about her.

I think fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti will love this story – if you’re looking for a sweet story of opposites attracting then definitely pick this one up on its release date!
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick, easy read that’s perfect for sunshine and beach days. 8 October 2015
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A quick, easy read that’s perfect for sunshine and beach days.

Opening Sentence: “You can’t just stand here, Avery.”

The Review:

Avery is a straight A student. She’s spent her high school experience either studying or with her best friend, Kendall. When it comes time for senior year, she is looking to experience love before college, but she doesn’t want any old boyfriend, she wants the right boyfriend. So when bad boy Fletcher enters her life through her father the cop, she is surprised to feel such a strong connection. But Fletcher only likes easy girls, and he’s no man for commitment – and that’s not even mentioning the bruises that stain his body. If Avery is on the lookout for Mr. Right that Fletcher is about as far as she can get. And yet, the connection is there. Is there any way Avery and Fletcher could work out?

Avery was a relatable character. She liked books (like me), cared about her grades (like me), so she was pretty similar to myself. This made it easy to see from her point of view, and when Fletcher entered the scene, both of us were screaming bad news. But of course, this being a YA romance novel, there’s more to Fletcher under his bad boy exterior.

She was trying to focus on college, and making the most of her time with Kendall, but Fletcher kept entering her head. She just could not block him out, no matter how she tried. I liked the plotline of her relationship with her parents, as well; she wanted to be a teacher and spread her knowledge, but her parents wanted a doctor. She was committed to med school for the reason of making them proud, which wasn’t the best prompt to go into a lifelong career; of course, Fletcher helped her to see the light.

Now let’s talk Fletcher. I’ll tell you that I’m usually soft when it comes to the ones labeled “bad boys” (at least in books), so this was no exception. I didn’t love him as much as I usually do with these types of characters – something was missing, and I don’t know what. I couldn’t really connect to his character, although I did experience some of his emotions, like the turmoil towards his abusive father and his hard childhood. I was a tiny bit annoyed with the “good girl falls for bad boy” cliche going on, as well as the “good girl changes bad boy” one, but what can you do?

Altogether, this was an easy book to read and super quick. It’s pretty easy to get into, and my only problems were the cliches and that I couldn’t fully connect to the love interest (which is probably more my fault than the book’s). Fletcher’s romance with Avery dominated most of the story, so if you are a fan of thrillers and action, you may want to turn away. If you want a fluffy beach read than forge ahead, this is just the book for you.

Notable Scene:

“Thanks.” I forced out.

“Put on the bandage. I promise it’ll make you feel better.”

She walked out, closing the door behind her. I looked at Spider-Man, figured what the hell, lifted my t-shirt, and placed the adhesive bandage over my heart.

Just so it could remind me that I didn’t want to hurt her.

FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Trouble from the Start. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne 31 August 2015
By Sarah - Published on
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I don’t want a boyfriend. I want the right boyfriend.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, about a good girl, and a bad boy.

Avery was very studious, and liked to do the right thing. She worked hard, and even helped other people, but hadn’t had much time for partying or a boyfriend, and although that wasn’t going to change overnight, she wanted to at least get a chance at being in love before she went to college.

“I’d spent way too much time studying and not enough partying, I didn’t know any of these people well enough that they were going to include me in their little circles.”

Fletcher had had big problems at home with his dad, and I felt quite sorry for him with all the abuse he’d had to put up with. It did seem like some of his badness was probably down to this really, and he seemed to be a really nice person under his bad exterior.

“At least cars can’t express their disappointment in you.”

The storyline in this did seem a bit predictable with the whole ‘good girl falls in love with bad boy’ thing going on, and the way that Feltcher ended up living above Avery’s parent’s garage reminded me a bit of The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry. I did find some of this pair’s decision making skills a bit suspect at times though; who gets on the back of a motorcycle for this first time when they are totally drunk? And who thinks it’s a good idea to put a drunk girl on the back of their motorcycle?

“So… are you a novice at riding a motorcycle?”
I considered lying, but I was past the point of thinking anything I did was going to impress him. Not that I wanted to. “It’ll be my first time.”
His grin grew wider. “I like taking girls on their first ride.”

There was romance between the couple, with a nice scene where they get caught on Kiss-Cam at a Ball game.

“His hand snaked around the back of my neck and he planted a kiss on me that I thought might melt the camera lens.”

The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that things worked out for this pair.
6 out of 10