on Sept 9th 2018
Genres: Young Adult
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Never play a game you can't win.
For Cain Kent, that rule is golden. Losing is not in his vocabulary, and up until now, everything has come easy. Football, school, girls ... his charm-laced ego may just be bigger than Texas itself.
The competition he started freshman year with his friends, to make ten notches each in their bedposts by graduation day, is practically in the bag. One more to go, and then it's off to college fame and eventually, the big time. Attachments aren't something he wants to form, but when the quiet new girl challenges him in front of his classmates, his curiosity is piqued. She would be the perfect final score, and what fun to break her in the process.
Too bad Harper Posy has no intention of being just another warm body, especially to the bad boy quarterback. Even if he does quote Forster and Huxley when no one is listening. An aspiring author herself, Cain and his hidden soft side are dangerous to her heart. She's seen men ruin her mother's dreams time and again, and she's determined to fly far away as soon as she has that diploma in her fist.
But as the school year’s end looms closer, both realize they didn’t quite understand the rules to begin with. Is winning a dirty bet worth the gamble when the stakes, or the other’s heart in this case, are so high?
Harper is the one girl who isn't up for playing games. And she just might make Cain lose. Everything.
The Tenth Girl by Carrie Aarons
Ten is usually a good number. Usually, until a stupid bet and a bunch of jocks. But you know how fate has the perfect way of knocking people on their butts. Maybe that’s why is called a perfect ten. And super Cain Kent (reminds me a bit of Clark Kent) gets unknowingly bowled over Harper Posy. Isn’t that always the best? She is the perfect ten for him.
Aarons has a perfect way of helping you fall and feel all things YA; you experience the angst, hope, and desire which run rampant in high school. Shoot, you almost wish you could go back to high school just to hang out with her characters. Harper initially feels like a more developed character, but as you delve into his psyche and the plot, you realize that Cain has just as much dimension and depth. Those are my favorite types.
I love this genre and I love the way Aarons tells her stories. It’s always a pleasure to read her books. I certainly hope you will, too!
~ Review by Loredana