Review: Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Posted January 8, 2016 in Review / 4 Comments

Review: Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Not Okay, Cupid

by Heidi R. Kling
Published by Entangled, Crush on January 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC

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

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Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.

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I love a good young adult romantic romp.  They are great for cleansing the brain after dramatic, stress filled reads or for reading on cold, rainy days.  These simple, sunshine-filled books are not meant to be serious.  I only ask that they have a decent story and be well written.  This book accomplished one of these requirements and kind of sort of missed on the other.  Let me explain…

In the story Not Okay, Cupid, Hazel is one of the narrators, or points of view.  Her life is going along swimmingly.  She purposely found herself what she deems as the perfect boyfriend and they together have mapped out the perfect future.  This future includes attending the same east coast college, marriage, 2.5 kids, a dog, and a white picket fence.  All this mapped out at the tender age of 17.  Hazel is quite the little planner and makes no room for excitement or spontaneity in her life.  She had enough of that with the loss of her father to cancer.

Life throws a massive kink in her plans when her boyfriend cheats with her best friend… right out in the open for everyone to witness in the lunchroom cafeteria!  Also a witness is Felix, brother to soon-to-be ex-best-friend.  He has huge issues with cheaters so he takes it upon himself to “protect” Hazel and to prod her into getting back at the cheaters.

The story is convoluted in only the way a young adult novel can get away with.  And that was okay by me.  There were reasons to back up everyone’s motive.  Well, okay some cheaters will always be scum of the earth.  But almost every character had a reason for their actions.

And the characters themselves were easy to love.  Poor misguided Hazel needed a Felix.  Heck, everyone needs a Felix, when he’s not being a cad.  That’s “cad” not “cat”, not a typo.  Although his mom did name him after the cat.

Ahhhh, the cultural references…  I was meh about them in this book.  You may love them, I didn’t so much.  It’s most likely because of my extended age and the fact that I lived through the cultural references.  Groan.

I liked this story, it was a fantastic escape and a cute love story.  And even though there were some inconsistencies with the writing in the ARC, I can’t really ding the book on that.  I have no clue if it was corrected in the final copy, right?  So while I didn’t LOVE and fall all over this book, I can say I was happily distracted for a day 🙂

About Heidi R. Kling

After earning her BA in Literature & Creative Writing Literature from UC Santa Cruz and finding her voice in YA, Heidi went on to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She has directed and written children's theatre on both coasts and lives with her husband and two children in Palo Alto, CA.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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