By J.C. Isabella
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Welcome to the big leagues. To secrets and scandals. It's all about the game. Who's playing. Who's not. Who has no idea about the game. And...wait, what game are we playing?
I'll leave that for you to decide.
Where to start is the big question for Chloe Baker. How was she supposed to explain to Zack Warren that she started a fan club for him when she was a kid? It was just a game. A way to make friends and have fun. She never thought it would spiral out of control. And never. In a million, gazillion years, did she think it would follow her to college. How could she tell him her best friend Lana kept the club alive? That she had nothing to do with the craziness?
Chloe didn’t understand why she cared so much about Zack's opinion of her. She hated him. He hated her. They had very mutual feelings of dislike for each other. So he'd just hate her even more when or if he found out.
And that's totally fine...she thinks.
Zack Warren had a soft spot for Chloe Baker. He likes the way she walks. He likes the way she talks. If he was poetically inclined, he’d write a sonnet about her ass.
It's Zack’s junior year of college. He’s got things to worry about. Scouts from the major leagues. Baseball games. Contracts. Grades.... His father ran away to Vegas with Chloe's mother. He didn’t have time to worry about a girl. But he did. He worried about Chloe a lot, especially with that jerk Max sniffing around her. It's weird though, to like your stepsister, right?
But Zack could argue that he saw Chloe first. Way before his dad met her mom. He was too young to stake a claim. But just didn’t care anymore.
He’s done playing games
I am now a member of the unofficial J.C. Isabella Fan Club. This book had me from the first chapter. We meet Chloe and Zack who have disliked each other since grade school, at least that's what they try and convince themselves of. Deep down there is an attraction there and it gets to the point where neither can deny it any longer.
As it turns out their parents randomly meet at the grocery store and are now married, so insert awkward here. When Chloe was younger she started the Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club, and there were many girls who joined throughout the years but Chloe the founder has long left the club behind. She even begs them to stop meeting, inciting it's an invasion of privacy and it's time to grow up. But her best friend Lana is keen on keeping the club going. After all who really cares?
Zack and Chloe are forced to get along while living with their parents, during breaks and sometimes on weekends as they are both currently in college (same dorm different floors). They begin their friendship and it's a fabulous thing to experience with them. They finally let their true feelings in the open to all (except their parents), and it's just a journey I would take over and over again.
The characters in this book were so relatable and reasonable. There was no far fetched stereotype in this book, only real people and I thoroughly enjoyed that. The plot overall was great, what's funny is I didn't even expect it at first. It didn't click in until it happened that they would be living together, but that was an extra bonus because sometimes I love surprises like these. The setting was great too, but that might be because I can actually picture the area in my mind being a former Floridian and all.
Zack and Chloe are perfect together and I can't wait to read the next book and hope to see them make a little cameo appearance. The author did a fantastic job writing this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of her books! J.C. Isabella is now on my top list of authors to read. I really love when books go back and forth between the characters, where one chapter will be his point of view and the next will be hers. You get that all around feeling and know what's going on with the main characters. Plus I love seeing the guy’s point of view. They really do have feelings inside albeit not the too mushy kind but feelings. Super sigh!
Nostalgia is for idiots and Zack Warren is trouble.
I knew it the first time I saw him in second grade. The boy had heartbreaker written all over him. He was two years older, wiser. He did a back flip off the jungle gym, landing right at my feet with a cocky grin, getting dirt all over my new pink Keds.
He didn’t apologize.
Instead he dropped a lizard on my head and called me prissy.
Despite the fact that we didn’t hit it off on day one, I harbored a huge crush on Zack, my first ever. In the third grade I started a club. Girls only. We dubbed it an unofficial club because we thought some powerful person, like Oprah, had to deem it official.
We have since discovered that is not true, but the name had a nice ring to it.
During our unofficial meets we talked about Zack, spied on him, and risked being found out on a regular basis. What a rush, seriously. It was going great. The group accepted new members, and we even drew up plans for a clubhouse. I invented a fun game and made new friends.
Then, when I was in the fifth grade, Zack stole the streamers off my bike.
I cried, and made the very rational decision to hate him until the end of time.
This effectively ended my reign as leader of The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club.
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