Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts


Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?

Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend.She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back.It’s a win-win.

But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…

Synopsis from Goodreads



Resisting the Rebel was so amazing! I loved everything about it and the plot was perfect. (And not to mention Caleb!)

Mandy, the redheaded hippie, who’s all about the seventies, mood rings, and especially mantras; and Caleb, the guy who sits alone at lunch, hidden by the shadows with a book, and secretly wants to become an author, both know that they are definitely not each other’s type. I guess that’s why it made a such a big impact at their high school when everyone found out they were dating. But what they didn’t know is that it’s a fake relationship help get rid of Caleb’s stalker and to make Mandy’s crush jealous.

But the big question for both of them is: is this relationship really fake?

Mandy and Caleb both have hard times trying to figure out these weird emotions towards each other, not knowing if it is just for show.

I really loved how Caleb and J.T. called each other blue and red power rangers! I thought it was so funny and I loved how it was from an old childhood joke. I also love how Mandy always says mantras in her head, she is such a unique character, and I thought it was very important to point out.

Right when I started reading this book, it surprised me because it was told in 3rd person which, I had never read a romance book before in 3rd person which was very different and cool at the same time.


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 Stars

One of the reasons why I have Caleb a 5/5 book boyfriend rating was because he wanted to become an author and loved books. He is also kinda mysterious, which mad the story so much better!

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars


Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

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