Rebel Bully Geek Pariah: Erin Lange

Posted February 24, 2016 by Erica || 10 Comments

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah: Erin Lange

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah: Erin LangeRebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Lange
Published by Faber & Faber on February 16th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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

“The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

I was expecting so much from this book…seeing the comparison to “The Breakfast Club” in the synopsis….I was all for it! But, I was a little let down. Though, I want to make it clear…just because I was let down doesn’t mean this book wasn’t good!

The good:

  • I did enjoy the characters. I loved hearing each one of their stories and I wanted to keep getting to know them. The author did a good job of showcasing each personal story. Each character added so much to the story and I really enjoyed that aspect.
  • The fact that this story was different than what I had expected. I expected something light, like “The Breakfast Club” but this one was definitely something more. It was a shock, but a nice shock. There were some twist and turns and those kept me at the edge of my seat.
  • The writing. I finished this book in a day due to how well it was written. It kept me intrigued and it was just easy to read.
  • The different times. It was before, during, and after. Getting different parts of what happened was something refreshing and I enjoyed that very much.

The eh:

  • Now, I did say I enjoyed the characters, but I didn’t connect with them. I loved getting to know more about them, but I didn’t connect on the level I wanted to.
  • The comparison to “The Breakfast Club.” I expected so much from that comparison and it did give in some ways, but to me it fell in more.

The not-so good:

  • The decision making…I get it, people make bad decisions sometimes, but some of the decisions made by the characters…just no. They made me so mad and I couldn’t deal.
  • That even though we got backstory it was only one POV. The other three characters were told by the narrator and I didn’t enjoy that. I loved the backstory, but I wish I could have heard their own stories. This is a book I wish had more POVs.

If you want a quick read that keeps you on your toes…pick this one up!

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About Erin Lange

author, journalist, obsessive-compulsive list maker.


Erin writes facts by day and fiction by night. As a journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers.

She is an only child, so she spent a lot of time entertaining herself as a kid. This required her to rely heavily on her own imagination, which is probably why she became a writer.

Erin grew up in the cornfields of northern Illinois, along the Mississippi River in one of the few places it flows east to west. She now lives in the sunshine of Arizona and will forever be torn between her love of rivers and her love of the desert.

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10 responses to “Rebel Bully Geek Pariah: Erin Lange

  1. Nick

    I always feel like comparisons just set a book up for reader disappointment. I’ve started entirely ignoring them now.
    Anyways, I understand why you were disappointed. I always need to connect with the characters to enjoy a book. And bad decision-making is one thing that drives me crazy!
    It has an interesting concept but I don’t know if I want to read it yet.
    Great review!

  2. Originally I wasn’t very interested in this, so I can say that I probably won’t read this. But I also haven’t seen The Breakfast Club (gasp I know), so if I don’t have anything to compare to, would I like it?

    I’m sorry this was kind of a let down! Or at least didn’t meet your expectations. I’m glad to see you enjoyed the characters though! But bad decision making, gah. I’m not a fan of that unfortunately 🙁

  3. I kinda don’t like it when characters make bad decisions and you’re like “really, people?”. But in spite of that I am going to read this one, it has me intrigued and even though I kinda know what happens (generally, not spoilery) from some other reviews I am going to check it out. It sounds fun. 🙂

  4. Yeah I totally get what you mean with the decision making – sometimes I go ??? with some characters! And I definitely get what you mean by not connecting to characters – that’s hard to do for me sometimes, even though the characters are likeable etc.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it regardless! 😀

  5. I really liked this book, but I get what you say about not really getting to know the characters. I kind of thought that each character would narrate, so I was kind of shocked when it was told from only one POV. It wasn’t a bad thing, but just not what I expected.

    I kind of want to see this get made into a movie, though. I feel like YA contemporaries get looked over a lot when it comes to movies (unless they are huge, huge bestsellers), but this one would make a really good thriller.

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