Title: Cross My Heart
Author: Katie Klein
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
BACK COVER BLURB:
True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .
Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past-a reputation-and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they’re assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.
As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype.
Still, Jaden can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Parker than he’s letting on. He’s hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she’s grown to love with the person he really is. Because it’s possible that his life inside the classroom-everything Jaden knows-is one, massive lie.
3 of 5 stars to Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
Cross My Heart begins just like your typical YA novel—town’s golden girl meets the bad boy from the wrong side of town—then ends with an astonishing revelation.
At first, the story worked to my favor. It’s sweet, enjoyable and well paced. I loved the characters. I related with Jaden a lot. She’s been good all her life. Busy doing charity work, getting good grades and basically pleasing everyone. The author did an amazing job portraying her as the ‘good girl’ because she was through and through. She never strayed from what she truly was therefore breaking herself free from the YA nice girl heroine stereotypes who start as good girls only to change along the way as they “learn” their lessons in life. What I’m trying to say is, Jaden has her principles and she followed it strictly. Not changing for anyone and definitely not for the boy who made her realize she’s missing out in life. That isn’t to say she didn’t grow in this book. She did of course. She learned her priorities and all that shebang.
Now, to talk about the infamous typical YA bad boy hero, Parker Whalen. In 85% of the book, the author wrote him as a troubled, misunderstood youth who has family problems and just wishes to have a better life but unfortunately is deprived of it. I like that. I’m all for that even. You know that, ‘bad boy meeting the good girl who would change his life for the better’ cliche but that didn’t happen. This is where the spoiler starts so consider yourself warned! It was all a hoax. A big fat lie. I felt cheated! I fell for the broken boy only to realize he was no where near being broken. BIG SPOILER AHEAD: He is a freaking cop. As in, undercover-oh-I-am-so-badass-cop! @*$*$+# How frustrating! He is in high school doing some undercover for a drug bust operation. The whole time he and Jaden were sharing supposedly dark secrets to each other, he was lying. He made up stories in order to fit his cover of a good old wayward teen. So at the end I’m like, so that’s it? The things they learned from each other should be the foundation of a really strong friendship but turned out it was all fake. In the end, Jaden had to learn the truth about his family in a rather ordinary Q & A type of thing like, ‘So how old are you?’ ‘Who are your parents?’ I guess there really is nothing wrong with that except I fnd the whole plot twist ridiculous. But, there were quite a few things real too. Like Parker being smart and insightful.
Having said all those rants, I still enjoyed this one so that shouldn’t stop you from reading this. Either way, a YA is YA. It will always be filled with sweet encounters, of bucket full of moral lessons and amazing friendships.