Book Review: New England Rocks (New England Rocks #1) by Christina Courtenay

Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format: Paperback
Pages: 202
Published: 7th Aug 2013
Publisher:  Choc Lit
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre:  YA, Contemporary
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Book Depository

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she's also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn't bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin. Jesse is the hottest guy Rain has ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!There s just one small problem Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer. But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn't plan on sticking around Does she?
New England Rocks is the first in the new YA trilogy.  It follows Rain after she is expelled from her boarding school and is sent to New England USA as punishment. She doesn't plan on being there long so she doesn't plan on making friends or fitting in. But on her first day at her new school she runs into Jesse. The hottest guy at school. As the two grow closer Rain starts to wonder if maybe New England isn't so bad but Jesse has a girlfriend so things don't go smoothly for Rain.

New England was such a quick fun read. I devoured it in about 3 hours. I was in a weird reading mood and needed something light and this was perfect. Rain I instantly liked! She is far from perfect and trouble seems to just follow her around but she is smart and one of those girls who doesn't really care about her appearance. Even though she is pretty she doesn't know that she is. Jesse he is hot and Funny. Oh and he is in a rock band!!! It is torn when it comes to his feelings for Rain because he has a girlfriend but he can't help fall for Rain. Now I did like the two main characters but I found them rather predictable. And with Jesse I would have liked his story to be a bit more in depth just to get inside his head a bit more.

As I said I read this within about 3 hours. It was a really quick and exciting story. From time to time we all need a light read and this fits the bill. I found the plot very fun and cute but very predictable. I knew how it was going play out but that didn't mean the story wasn't enjoyable. It was really good and there is one small twist that I will admit that I didn't really see coming.

I highly recommend New England Rocks for anyone who likes a quick YA read that has romance and drama but is also very cute and fun but with some serious issues thrown into the mixed! I am really looking forward to the next book with is about Rain's little sister.

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  1. It's weird but for some reason this read reminds me of Freak Friday! :-) Glad you liked this one.

  2. never heard of that book before.......heard of a movie called freaky friday lol but the book it nothing like that. lol.

  3. Yep, I was talking about the movie - told you it was strange! It's the whole angry girl, bad boy vibe I think. :-) I am a strange one!!


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