During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.
What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.
*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mix of romance, wonder, angst, and fun were just a delightful mix. Ingrid delivered excellent imagery, so well I could actually hear the beat in my head and was ready to move to the beat! Honestly I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not. I saw the blog tour going and decided to sign up, since it sounded like a light read. Something occasionally I need between my heavy angst ridden books of torture that I love so much. I’m glad I decided to read this and join the blog tour though, because Ingrid is one talented writer.
When I first started reading, I didn’t imagine how entranced I would become. The writing flowed so nicely and the characters were just wonderful. Maddie stole my heart with her adorableness and the fact that she was so relatable. Even though I wasn’t exactly sure what this book would entail, I wasn’t fond of the idea of a club. However, the club grew on me because of what it stood for. How many times have we been wronged by people? Had our hearts broken? Enough is enough. That’s what Jessica (Maddie’s roommate and best friend) decided when the two of them started the club. I was impressed with the witty banter and the whole guys suck, let’s use them instead of them using us idea. I totally got into the whole girl power thing. Then Sebastian came along. Seriously… there is something about that name that I adore. Add sweet, humble, honest, and latin dancer to the mix, and you have a MAJOR heartthrob!!
The story that evolves between Maddie, Jessica, and Sebastian is one of a kind. At times I felt bad for each one of them. At other times I wanted to slap them. Yeah, for being a “light” read, it was a little emotional. This novel is basically about stereotyping people. He’s handsome and charming? Must be a player. I get that, I’ve done the same thing. Except for the fact that some people just surprise you. I’ve had plenty of those reactions too. Unfortunately, I have judged people before I met them. I’m sure they do it with me to. I tend to throw off the unapproachable look, and that I’m a bitch. But you should get to know me, I’m only part bitch ;) I swear! Sebastian fell trap to this too, and guess what - he was THE exception. Jealous?! I know I am. I think I’m jealous of all my book boyfriends. ( I secretly wish they’ll come to life and sweep me off my feet!)
The development of the characters and the story were no less than beautiful. As much as I did like this book, I did realize that it’s not my typical read. They’re ok once in a while for me, but… I feel unfair in giving it a lower rating JUST because it’s not MY type of book. I thought this book was amazing. I really think that you would find it stunning as well. I guess I’m glutton for punishment, because even though The GAP Club did have its moments of unexpected angst, betrayal and pure brilliance, it wasn’t enough for me. Masochist much? Yep. I believe I am. All in All, I wanted to give this book more than I did – but I pride myself on honesty. Brutal at times, and a bit blunt… but honesty. Hear me now, I DID really like this novel. It just wasn’t enough for me. A little too fluffy for my taste. Like I said, there is betrayal and angst, but it skims the surface. I like to dig down deep for those secrets and expose them.
I look forward to future/past works of Ingrid’s for the fact that I was completely enthralled with her writing style. Even though this particular story wasn’t “for me”, reading other works from Ingrid is most definitely NOT ruled out. Again, I enjoyed this read. The pacing was great and while reading, it flew by until I was at the end and like whoa? Did I really just read all that!? Again- great book. I hope that someone picks this up and enjoys it just as much as I did – if not more.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Ingrid Seymour
Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Her debut novel “The Guys Are Props Club” is an NA contemporary romance which she immensely enjoyed writing. Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She’s sure that one day she’ll see one of her books made into a movie. She likes to dream big ;)