A New Adult title for mature audiences.

Summary:

Jordan (19) ran away from home after her sister Cam moved out at 18. She is working in a bar to pay her bills and pay off her loans. Her boyfriend Cole Lawson planned a birthday party for her, but he ended up missing it. because he was spending it with Jordan's friend Elizabeth. He forgot to pick her up from work, so she decided to go watch an old 1970s movie by herself. A guy sat down next to her and the two ended up connecting. His name was Pike, and as she later learns, he is Cole's father. Having been evicted from his apartment, Cole had no place to go, and neither did Jordan, so now both of them move into Pike's place. Prior to this Cole didn't get along with his father, and that didn't change. Cole's mother was manipulating him, making Pike out to be a bad guy. Will he figure it out? Can he reconcile with his father? And what about his girlfriend Jordan? 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I enjoyed this book even though it was pretty dirty. Cole is a cheater and Jordan's father was an alcoholic who lived with a prostitute. She moves in with Pike to get back on her feet, ends up in a relationship with him, and gets pregnant. The age difference (Pike is 39) was an issue, but they still kept getting jealous when one of them was with other people. 

I rate this book a 7 (out of 10) because it was really sexual and not my type of book. Overall, the first half of the book was really good. There were some twists and turns I wasn't expecting. Then the bartender (Jordan) ends up having sex with a 39-year-old man and it wasn't that good anymore. That just isn't my interest in reading. I would only recommend teens that are over 15 to read the book. It is really sexual and not that good if you don’t really understand those relationship dynamics.

 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers looking for a new adult title that is relationship-centric may find this of interest.

Content Awareness Factors:

Sexual situations play a major role in the plot. A main character gets pregnant.


Type of Book:
This is a new adult novel with a main character who is finding her way at 19.
Educational Themes:

This is a book intended for leisure reading. It could be interesting to read as a book club to talk about relationship dynamics. Not just Cole and Jordan but Cole and his mother, Jordan and Pike, and Cole and Pike.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
16 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. This is a heavily sexual novel about a teen trying to make her way to independence.

Title Birthday Girl
Author Penelope Douglas
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform © 2018
ISBN 9781976333088
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.30
Genres Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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