ARC Review | The Tenth Girl by Carrie Aarons

Posted November 19, 2018 by Tina in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Author, Carrie Aaron in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
ARC Review | The Tenth Girl by Carrie AaronsThe Tenth Girl by Carrie Aarons
on September 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 212
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Carrie Aaron
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3 Stars

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.

My first impressions of The Tenth Girl were that this cover is gorgeous. Carrie Aarons is the queen of gorgeous covers. I’ve read quite a few of Carrie Aarons novels and know that I can expect something light and quick. I’m just a little worried because Carrie writes more New Adult and this is Young Adult. But I’m excited to see what she does in The Tenth Girl.

The Story
The premise of The Tenth Girl reminded me slightly of my favorite movie ever She’s All That except this one is a bit messier. The bet in She’s All That is taking the most unpopular girl in school and making her the prom queen. The bet in The Tenth Girl is a group of football players making a bet to sleep with 10 girls before senior year and they win this key to a popular hang out in town.

The Tenth Girl had a ton of clichés. Cain is your star quarterback and Harper is the new girl in town who doesn’t care about the cliques. It had the typical high school drama with cliques and endless drama. Harper is the new girl in town. You can basically get the picture just with that.

The Characters
Cain as I mentioned early is your typical jock. He’s super popular who also happens to read a lot but of course no one knows this. He also uses girls in high school for blowjobs and one night stands. He has mommy issues and keeps girls at distance until he sees Harper.

Harper is the new girl in town. Harper and her mother have moved back to her mom’s hometown to live with her grandma. This is your typical Texas town. Harper isn’t into jocks or the cliques. She’s an inspiring author whose been working on a book for years and is so close to realizing her dream. She was also kind of naïve but she was also a teenager so she can be forgiven.

The Romance
Cain and Harper are both attracted to each other but Harper doesn’t want to be another notch on Cain’s bed. Cain has his eyes set on Harper is determined to make her the tenth girl. The girl he needs to win the bet. Although the romance starts kind of love at first sight thing. They begin to develop a bit of a friendship and then develop into more. They share their thoughts on the future, share things about their lives.

Overall
I’m a bit behind in Carrie Aarons’ catalog but The Tenth Girl is one I didn’t care for. I feel like New Adult is more of Carrie’s strong suit versus Young Adult. I do love how she uses healthy sex in the book. I feel like sometimes we forget that teenagers do have sex. This is a light and easy read and if you are in a slump this will definitely help you out of it. I am excited for You’re The One I Don’t Want, the premise of Annabelle’s story.

3 Stars