Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review : Take Me On by Katie McGarry

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

PublisherHarlequin Teen
Publication date: 5/27/2014
Pages: 527
Source: Own

The Story:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her—fighting for her—is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.
Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.
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My Review: One word: KICKASS

I love all of Katie McGarry's books and Take Me On did not disappoint!

Opening Line: 

A door squeaks open at the far end of the barren hallway and the clicking of high heels echoes off the row of metal post-office boxes.


To begin, I enjoyed the premise of this book. Haley, a girl, is a kickboxing champion. Girl power! Haley is a badass, kickass character who is into something most girls aren't and that is what I loved to read. Take put the cherry on top, because of how good she is, Haley is the one who is chosen to train a guy in a sport that many people believe is a "man's sport". From the wrong side of the tracks, all Haley wants is to forget about her past and kickboxing. Then comes West. Not at all the sort of guy she needs to get involved with. But fate has other plans...

West is the privileged badboy with a troubled past. Before I started this book I wasn't sure if I'd like West (not my type of fictional boyfriend material) but he won me over. From the right side of the tracks, West has anger management issues. And he is hiding a secret from Haley.

Readers are faced with suspense and flashing questions. Will they be able to keep their relationship strictly in the gym? Will Haley stop running from her past? Will Haley let West in and will he gain the redemption he seeks?

While, Take Me On is probably my least favorites of the series, it is still a good read. Take Me On is easy to get into and definitely enjoyable.

Meet the Author:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Happy Reading!


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