Every Girl Does It

Rachel Van Dyken
Every Girl Does It
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Astraea Press
Release Date
May 2011
Contemporary Romance

Amanda turned down Preston's prom invitation in front of her entire high school, but that was eight years ago.

Somehow, her past mistakes always have a way of catching up with her, and making her pay. Amanda's sarcastic wit mixed with Preston's insufferable ego make sparks fly in more than one way.

Preston, against his better judgment can't fight the desire to get under Amanda's skin and mercilessly tease her, but when that teasing becomes flirting, and flirting becomes something dangerously more, neither of them are prepared for the adventure that follows.

Book Review by Danielle G. (reviewer)
Aug 01, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
100 people found the following review helpful
EVERY GIRL DOES IT is a contemporary romance that didn't live up to its potential; this may have been because of the way almost every scene was extremely over the top, leaving the entire novel seeming rather cringe worthy.

The plot idea was interesting, but it was explored poorly and the novel seemed to follow a lot of clichés. This wouldn't have affected the novel as a whole quite so much if it wasn't for the major problems with the characters and the romance between them.

The main issue with the characters of EVERY GIRL DOES IT is that the only likable character is the main character, Amanda, and the entire novel was basically devoted to completely and utterly humiliating her and it seems to suggest that she deserved it simply because she turned down a date with the nerdy unattractive guy in high school. The problem with this representation is that the nerdy guy from high school, Preston, is extremely annoying and he seems to enjoy Amanda's humiliation way too much.

Furthermore, there is a lot of scenes that rave on about how fabulous and perfect Preston's body is now that he is a firefighter and is no longer considered a nerd, which just made Preston appear even more annoying. Since these characters differ so much, it isn't overly surprising that the chemistry between the two of them seems non-existent, making their relationship feel fake and unrealistic.

EVERY GIRL DOES IT could have been a reasonably good novel, but the characters, their relationship and the way the plot was explored stopped it from reaching this potential. Some contemporary romance fans would probably still enjoy, but it isn't likely to suit the fans of more mainstream contemporary romance novels.
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