Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

25582820Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange
Pub date: February 16th 2016 by Bloomsbury
Source: arc

“The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

I was sold on this book when it said it had a Breakfast Club vibe. I’m down for anything resembling that truly amazing movie. I definitely agree that there was that tone, but I didn’t adore it as much as I do the movie. Part of me wants to say I wish it was told from a different POV, but at the same time I can’t decide whose would’ve been better… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah gives us 4 characters who are unlikely to be hanging out together and puts them into a situation where they really have no choice. Although two of them (the geek, Boston and the bully, York) are brothers, so really they probably see each other all the time. I kind of wish they weren’t brothers.

The whole story is told from Sam’s POV (the pariah) and she hasn’t had the greatest life – hence the pariah part. This poor girl went through some shit, and while she’s the only one that can easily walk away from the situation at any given moment she chooses to stay with her strange new group, because what else is she going to do? I say that I kind of wish the whole story wasn’t solely Sam’s POV because there were times where she just got too depressing. But, either of the boys POV’s wouldn’t have worked, and Andi (the rebel) wouldn’t have been much better either. But maybe a healthy mix of all four of them would’ve been entertaining? We see a lot of backstory from Sam, and it’s important backstory – which I’m convinced that’s why it’s told from her POV – but there was just something missing with her being our only voice.

I still really enjoyed the book. The POV was really my only complaint. The story is compelling, the characters are great, and the end is so satisfying I smiled for days; and also cried but is that a surprise? This is me we’re talking about. When I don’t cry, or at least tear up, in a book, then I have to drop it down to at least 3 stars. But I digress.

This book was a great buddy ensemble adventure, with a hint of cutesy romance, and all my favorite hints from The Breakfast Club, including my fave when Claire gives allison a makeover to impress Andrew. SO CUTE! Or the bag topic. GAH! I love it so much.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who shares my admiration for The Breakfast Club (which it’s a little weird if you don’t) or just any suspenseful teen drama. I gave Rebel Bully Geek Pariah 4 stars and hope that you pick it up when it hits shelves later this month!

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