SOMETHIN’ ABOUT THAT BOY
By Lani Lynn Vale
Release Date: June 23
Forced to move due to a problem at home, a problem in the form of his ex-best friend hating him for something that Banner’s father did, Banner doesn’t think very much could improve in his life.
He left his status as king of Benton High School behind and moved to a new school where not only would he have to try out for a new football team and prove himself, but he’d also have to find a place for himself in the hierarchy.
Only, the moment that he arrives, he knows that finding a place for himself won’t be too hard. Especially when his reputation follows him all the way to Kilgore, Texas.
Perry Street hates school. She hates her peers—most of them anyway—and she hates her classes. All she wants to do is finish her senior year, graduate, and find a place that will give her a full scholarship so that she doesn’t have to be stuck here forever.
That’s her goal, anyway.
Then she walks into first period, on her first day of her senior year, and sits down. Seconds later, he walks in and changes every single plan she’s ever made.
It isn’t long before Perry starts to fall for the bad boy who doesn’t care who he does and doesn’t impress. The boy makes her heart flutter. The boy makes her want things that she’s never wanted before. Not ever.
The boy brings trouble with him that nearly kills her.
High school is tough enough for most teenagers to get through, so the fact that Banner Spurlock had to uproot his life and redefine his social status, starting all over again as the new guy in a new school, his senior year, is something he has no desire to do, but nonetheless, this is his new normal, and even though it ends up being way better than he could have anticipated, the normal stressors and the added pressure of his past infiltrating his present, making things between him, his new friends, new teammates, and the girl who caught his eye on the first day of school a bit more complicated.
Perry Street has had one objective since she started high school…to get through these four years with her head down, not putting any attention on herself and then getting the heck out of Kilgore, Texas, and finding her own way in the world. But that plan changes, dramatically, when Banner walks into her life, making things more difficult, in a way, because the spotlight shines on her a bit more than she would like, but also amping up the a certain mean girl’s tactics when it comes to proving who the queen bee of the school is.
Somethin’ About That Boy is quite a bit different, in terms of the main characters’ ages, than what readers are used to and I will say that, at times, it felt a bit too stereotypical in terms of bad boy/quiet girl as well as some of the angst that seemed a little manufactured based on the plot line. And I have to be honest, it might be because I’m a high school English teacher and see the teenage angst on a regular basis that it felt too generalized, but I will say that despite a few issues with what goes down, I thought that Lani Lynn Vale did a good job in this new adult environment and I’d definitely like to see more of her stories in this genre.
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Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.