A Bad Boy Stole My Bra
Written by Lauren Price
Published by Ink Road Books
Publication date: 12th July 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
Imagine waking up in the dead of night to find your hot new neighbour dangling out of your window. What’s more, he’s clutching your tattiest bra in his hand.
What. The. Actual. Fudge.
When bad boy Alec Wilde moves in next door to Riley, sparks fly. After their ‘unconventional’ introduction, Riley is determined to get her own back. A nemesis is just the distraction she needs: inside, she’s barely holding it together. It’s game on.
But behind the banter, there’s a side to Alec that Riley actually likes. How can she get through to the real him when she can’t even take herself seriously?
PRAISE FOR A BAD BOY STOLE MY BRA
“Sweet, funny and with a surprising heart … Bra kleptomania aside (what the actual fudge is that all about?!), teenage-me would have killed to live next door to Alec Wilde.” – ELEANOR WOOD, author of Becoming Betty
“This book is a joy to read. Smart, hilarious and full of fun!” – KATY BIRCHALL, author of The It Girl series
“Warm, funny and seriously cute, this book will make you laugh, make you cringe … and have you cheering for Riley from start to finish.” – MAGGIE HARCOURT, author of Unconventional
“Unfortunately, a dare is a dare. I have to follow the rules.”
He closes his eyes, completely at ease.
“Whose dare was it?”
His eyes open. “Private information.”
“Is that an offer?” He smirks.
“I’ll get it back, and I’ll get you back, just wait and see.”
Alec’s dimples flash and his eyes close once more.
“That’s more like it.”
First impressions: I love the bright and colourful cover, although I have to admit that I was a little self-conscious reading this on public transport! I like how the book starts with Riley and her brother Jack, as I felt that family relationships were so important throughout this book. Our first sight of Alec is when he, mum and sister, move in next door. Riley does notice that he’s good-looking but doesn’t immediately decide that they are soulmates so the story stays away from insta-love, which is great. Their first meeting happens quickly, when Alec climbs in Riley’s window to steal her bra for a dare. Half of me found this prank war quite funny, while half of me was a bit creeped out by the diea of someone sneaking into your bedroom when you’re sleeping. Also, whoever built these houses built them really close together and didn’t plan ahead if you can easily climb across and see into each others windows, without even a tree to help!
As you read further, this story reveals hidden depths. What, at first seems like a straightforward romantic comedy, actually has great emotional depth, dealing with Riley’s conflicted feelings about her cousin and experiencing happiness when she feels a sense of responsibility for what happened to Kaitlin. Alec is initialy portraye as a trickster and bad-boy but quickly reveals himself to be quite down-to-earth and really sweet.
I liked how almost everyone around the pair seemed to see the potential for a relationship before they did and their banter is really cute. Riley is understandably cautious after her last relationship ending badly, so she is hesitant to read too much into Alec’s cheesy chat-up lines, but I really started shipping them when he intervenes to get her out of a tight spot and then supports her as she works through some of the issues linked to her cousin and ex-boyfriend.
This was exactly what I wanted to read at the time (Blame The Kissing Booth on Netflix for setting me off on a quest for fun, cute contemporaries) and is a perfect summer read – a lot of fun but also with lots of heart! Ultimately, this book is like Alec and Riley – funny, witty and charming with a heart of gold.
Suddenly the atmospheric chatter of students seems to hush. I twist around with a knowing groan.
Speak of the devil.
Alec saunters along the corridor with Joe and Dylan, a folder clutched loosely in his right hand and a leather jacket slung over his toned arm. I can practically hear the drool collecting in girls’ mouths already, and my teeth clench.
He looks so smug, so confident – and it’s his first day. I don’t know how someone can see so carefree.
What I liked: Riley as a character and her family relationships, Violet as her best friend and their fun ways to start phone conversations, Alex who is increasingly revealed a very sweet character. I also liked how Tiana is revealed to have more depth than it seems at first and that she is as much a victim in the situation as Riley. The more I think about it, really, all of the characters were so real and almost all were lovable!
Even better if: I wish that the group of boys had taken notice of Riley before Alex, or at least knew her name as it felt a bit unrealistic that they didn’t even know she exists and then, suddenly, they’re friends. At times, there were a few inaccurate uses of language – as Riley is the narrator, this could be down to her ‘authentically’ teenage voice.
How you could use it in your classroom: There are several themes which could be explored from this book, such as dealing with bereavement, healthy relationships, the power of rumours, etc. This would be a good addition to any library catering for teenagers. (Teacher/Parent note: Despite the cover, this is completely clean!)
(Thank you to Ink Road Books for my review copy!)
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