Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Katie McGarry Week: "I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In" by Taylor Swift

This week we're dedicating our posts to author Katie McGarry! This Friday we'll have an interview with her and we're too excited to talk about anything else!

I heard this song after I knew we were doing Radio Week and the second I heard it, I knew it would be the perfect choice. "I Knew You Were Trouble (When You Walked In)" is totally the song for all the bad boy meets good girl (and vice-versa) books out there.  

Oh, Taylor Swift. This girl knows something about messy love stories. She'd find a lot of friends in these books:

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Brittany Ellis is a girl whose life looks amazingly put together from the outside.Perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect boyfriend. But none of that matches up with what's going on inside her house. When she is partnered with Alex Fuentes in chemistry class and he sees through her carefully constructed image. Brittany finds the way he sees her to be terrifying, but also a major relief.

But, there's a reason she's never hung out with Alex. Everyone knows he's bad news. He's from the wrong side of town and he's a gang member. No one in Brittany Ellis' perfect life would approve of her hanging out with someone like Alex. Is the undeniable connection she has with him worth ruining her perfect reputation?

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (see our full review here)
Echo has had a rough year and she doesn't want to talk about it. Without the friends and family that she used to lean on, Echo is at loose ends. Still, even in her distressed state, she knows that it probably isn't a good idea to help Noah Hutchins break into the guidance counselors' office.

More than that, she knows that it isn't a good idea to fall for Noah Hutchins. He's the type of kid who is always in trouble and doesn't seem interested in changing that. But, on the other hand, no one else seems interested in helping the girl that Echo is now. If he's willing to take a chance on her, even though everybody else thinks she's a freak, maybe he's worth a second look as well...

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Meg is trouble. She doesn't like rules and she doesn't like boundaries. She also doesn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about what kind of girl she is. That's why she's got blue hair and piercings and an attitude you can read from twenty feet away. It's no big surprise to anyone, especially Meg when she finds herself in trouble with the law and spending time shadowing a cop to avoid jail time.

What is a surprise is meeting John, the young cop to whom Meg is assigned. Everything about him is the exact opposite of anything Meg would want in her life. She can't wait to leave this town behind in her rear-view mirror, John has chosen to stay on after high school and serve his hometown. He's as clean cut as Meg is a jagged edge. Yet, sometimes the way he looks at her, it makes Meg wonder just what's behind the badge and the scowl.

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