Title: Red Girl, Blue Boy
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: ARC from publisher via NetGalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)
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Enjoy Red Girl, Blue Boy and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury’s contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can’t have!
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.
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Red Girl, Blue Boy is a book that I have mixed emotions for. There were times that I found it sweet and enjoyable, but most of the time, it was annoying. It was a roll-your-eyes kind of annoying. Oh, I did roll my eyes a lot while reading it because of how fast the romance happened and how Katie, the female protagonist, acted so childish. She’s a rich girl, has politics running through her veins, and hasn’t experienced normal teenage life. I completely understand that that’s the nature of her character. However, the portrayal of that character was over the top. There were parts wherein Katie was so naïve that she seemed like an airhead. She’s also too focused on her dad’s campaign and too enthusiastic, too bubbly. I just couldn’t stand it! Honestly, I feel terrible that I’m saying these words, but that’s how Katie’s character appeared to me. On the other hand, Drew, the male protagonist, was funny and amusing. His character was the reason I continued to read the book.
The writing is good! It’s clear and not dragging, that’s why Red Girl, Blue Boy was a breeze to read. Overall, the book is all right. Although it’s not fluffy as I imagined it would be, Red Girl, Blue Boy is still a story that would cater to those who like politics and a witty YA contemporary.