Title: Burnouts, Geeks, and Jesus Freaks: A Love Story
Author: Karen Gordon
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Series: Burnouts #1
Published On: March 4th 2014
Source: Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review via BookBlogging.net.
My Rating: 4 Stars
They’re burnouts - a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else. He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her. Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust. This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers.
WOW. This book exceeded my expectations by far. The summary is a little… off, in my opinion, I felt like it wasn’t descriptive enough. Most of all, I feel like it doesn’t do the book justice. Burnouts, Geeks, and Jesus Freaks was AMAZING. It was sweet, swoon-worthy, and sad, but in the end, it made you all smiley and tingly.
I have to mention that this book was bit more mature than I had anticipated, which wasn’t bad at all, it just took me by surprise. For younger readers, I’d recommend they stay away from this book. I’d suggest ages 17+ as the appropriate age group.
Carrie was such a well-developed character that I felt like I knew her. Like I was with her and could relate to her. Pretty much all of the characters were like this, really, and it amazes me.
Carrie and Ben are long-time friends, and the books follows them as they slowly, but surely, become more. This wasn’t just a story about them falling for each other, it was so much more. It was about who they are, were, and will be. How they changed each other, and become one. How they didn’t just fall for each other, but ended up completing each other. I’m starting to sound mushy. Point is, this is a book you do not want to pass up, especially if you are a fan of romance, new adult, and friends-to-lovers tales.
I did have a few problems with this book, though, which is why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5, and even considered a 3.5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, don’t get me wrong, the ending felt abrupt and too fast, which was different from the slow, but steady pace of the rest of the book. There were also a few grammar mistakes I noticed, but they weren’t too distracting. Overall, the pros outweighed the cons for this book, and I would definitely recommend this book.
If you do decide to pick up this book, be prepared to fall for Ben and cheer on Carrie and his relationship from the start! 😉
About Karen Gordon
Karen Gordon was born and raised in the suburban paradise of St. Charles, MO, on the outskirts of St. Louis. She earned a B.S. in English from the University of Central Missouri (BS being the operative term) and a M.A. in Media Communications from Webster University, where she graduated in a hot pink mortar board because she didn’t like the school colors.
She currently resides in Olive Branch, MS (formerly Cow Pen) on the outskirts of Memphis, TN with her 2.5 super-smart kids, and an amazingly-funny, cute, geeky husband.
When not writing, she is a stay-at-home mom (chick in charge) and part-time teacher. Any down time is spent reading, catching up with friends and obsessively worrying about every little thing.
“Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks: a love story” is her debut novel. She is now frantically trying to recall her college years to write the sequel, “Popstars, Friends and Lovers.” (Goodreads)