Once upon a time there were four stinking-rich, crazy-handsome boys who were the kings of their high school. Then one day, a poor girl with a past of hardship and tears enrols to shake up the status quo in Rich Kid High.
I feel like I’ve read this story before. Right? In fact, my Goodreads reading list is nearly at its capacity for the trope. But apparently, I am a moth and the trope is my flame. (For now.)
Matt & Mason Caldwell together with Robert & James Hunter are The Untouchables at snobby kid school, Empire High. Our leading lady, Brooklyn, does a pretty good Bella-from-Twilight impersonation as she daily gazes upon the beauty of the Handsome Four—she is well aware that with her social status she is on a strict ‘look but don’t touch’ diet. Nevertheless, when one of the Untouchables (Matt) sets his eyes on her, Brooklyn does what most people on a diet inevitably will do… she has her cake and eats it too.
This book was pretty addictive, I’ll give you that. I didn’t want to put it down. At the same time, there were times I wanted to toss my Kindle across the room. I definitely preferred the first half of the book to the second. And then I realised this wasn’t a stand-alone. Argh. And also, cool.
Let’s break it down. Here’s what I liked:
- Kennedy the bestie. I actually very (very) rarely like the MC’s bestie so, this was refreshing.
- Uncle Jim. Also, usually not that keen on the supporting cast but Uncle Jim was adorable.
- The writing and (most) of the storyline. There were some great interactions and some funny bits too. Just darn addictive.
And then what frustrated/annoyed/grated on me:
- The love triangle. I’m just not a fan of The Love Triangle, especially when the MC can’t decide which boy she likes. Plus, Felix… the drug dealer? Really? I know Brooklyn is only 16 but somewhere in that young mind, there should be alarm bells blaring. Also, beware—bit of insta love going on all around.
- I was both surprised and a little disappointed we barely got to know the other Untouchables (apart from Matt. And Robert, maybe). But now that I know this is a series, I assume we’ll be privy to much more. Hopefully.
- The two things (okay, people) that frustrated me the most were ironically our very own MCs: Brooklyn and Matt. Brooklyn was okay for the most part but girl, grow some backbone! Someone needed to grab her by the shoulders and tell her to have some self-worth. Do. Not. Let. A. Guy. Treat. You. Like. That. And then Matt… I’m torn. On one hand, I’m rooting for the two to get together, but Matt made some pretty big, questionable choices that did not make me fall for him. But I have decided to give him the benefit of doubt and hope he redeems himself in the next book. Boy, does he have some crawling back to do…
I’m actually not entirely sure what I thought of the book. I was lapping it up as I was reading, but afterwards upon reflection… Hmm. I do know I will be going for the sequel when it comes out, so I guess we’ll see then which direction the series takes…
Until the, over & out.
P.S. One more thing. Brooklyn and Matt are 16 years old. That is a truck-load of drama for 16-year-olds. Just sayin’.
If you’ve read Empire High The Untouchables, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 🙂