Title: Pepped Up
Author: Ali Dean
Published: August 25th 2013
Goodreads Summary: “Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.
Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be).
That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town.
When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.”
Review: This is the first book of the series. I want to say thanks to YA Bound Tours for letting me reading the first and second book of the for review. This was an okay book. It wasn’t the best book. I rated this book 3.5 stars. These reviews are going to be short and sweet because of writing another review on the same post. I really was hoping that Pepper would have a happy ending since she didn’t have a good background that’s tragic. That and the love triangle. These were are big cliches in young adult literature and it turned me down from the book to a large extent. I do love how this book touches on some very heavy topics that should be discuss in more books. That really made me love the book because young adults should know that this stuff happens and going through the world not knowing it is bad. I love how she had a very great relationship with her grandma and that is sweet. The ending turned out to be different than I thought it was going to be. Another thing that made me upset was it was very slow as it started and took awhile for me to get into.
Goodread’s Summary:“(This is the second book in the Pepper Jones series. The following description contains spoilers for Pepped Up, which should be read first.)
Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them”
Review: This second book was published last year in July. A lot of secrets and is more drama filled than the last book. I felt like it began to pick up the pace in the story telling. The world was more developed and it was rich. You see Jace love her more than his child hood best friend and thats sweet. As the book goes along she faces challenges that every day people fit. The thing that made this book better than the first is it deals with issues that more people can relate to than the first book We all go through wondering we should break up with someone. We all face road blocks that confuse us as a person. The only that would have made this book better is the whole book only focused on these problems. And it got annoying and boring to me. I felt like there was something missing and it didn’t quite hit the 5 star range. I rated 4 out of 5 stars. It could have been better over all a great book and I can’t wait to read the last one.