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Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.
Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.
All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter's never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he's never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.
Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.
The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.
Nothing could have prepared me for this wonderful book. Having previously been independently published, the rights to Love Me Never (previously Lovely Vicious) have been acquired and is now being republished. I'm very glad for this because sadly, I don't think I would have found out about this amazing book otherwise.
Love Me Never introduces us to Isis Blake who, as you now know, hasn't fallen in love since she was 85 pounds heavier and in a different town. We learn that whoever she was last in love with nearly completely broke her and she's absolutely not going to make the same mistake again.
So obviously she meets the perfect person to potentially change her mind - Jack Hunter. Jack is honestly such an amusing character but it's worth noting that most of that is because he plays off Isis so well, Isis is prone to accidentally speaking out loud as well as some of the best insults I've had the pleasure of reading for a while. Their back and forth is probably one of the best I've read from an antagonistic relationship.
The book has three main plots I would say: Jack's past, Isis and her mother's past and the present and they're all so well developed and intriguing. The elements of mystery in this book are so well done and I truly found it hard to put down (spoiler alert: I didn't and I finished this at 5am). The supporting characters are also given the opportunity to grow over the course of the book and that's wonderful for books to do especially as not a lot of people tend to love the main characters of any series anymore, probably because there's so much that isn't said about the supporting characters which is not the case in this book.
WARNING: THIS BOOK ENDS ON A MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER
I would say this book is a pleasant surprise, the only introduction needed is the blurb.
Recommend to: YA fans, fans of mysteries
Rating: 5 stars