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Rock Bottom Girl
by Lucy Score
Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Small Town, Fake Relationship
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Rock Bottom Girl was the perfect small town, fake relationship romance that had me grinning from ear to ear as a 38 year old woman finally finds her worth.
I get SO EXCITED when I read a book from an author I’ve never read before and it becomes one of my all-time favorite books. WOW! I makes me feel like I hit the lottery because I just found a hidden gem and now I have a new author whose books I can now stalk.
So let’s start there with why I loved this book so much. It’s about a 38 year old woman. As I get up there in age myself, I find that I really love to read romance stories that are more in line with my age and life stage.
This wasn’t a young twenty-something who’s yet to find herself nor was it a new adult romance dealing with a teen in high school.
This was the story about a woman who’s LIVED and feels like she’s been knocked down time and time again and is finally at rock bottom.
At age 38 she feels like she should have more to show for her life than having lost yet another job and left yet another relationship only to move back in with her parents. She’s now back in the small town that she fled from after high school and “the incident.”
AND she’s also taking a temporary job as a physical education teacher and coach of the girl’s soccer team at the very school she couldn’t get away from fast enough. It just so happens that her teenage crush is a teacher there too as is the girl who just to torment her as a teen.
“I’d screwed up or lost everything that had been important to me. On paper, I was a loser. But I didn’t feel that way in my heart. I had potential.”
I can tell you right now I would not have enjoyed this as much if this was a story that unfolded much like her time at high school did, being bullied by the same girl(s) and tripping over guys, etc. Sure, her ex-bully isn’t shy with the put down comments but there was so much more to this story than a re-imagined high school romance as adults (if that makes sense).
It’s clear that Marley has some significant scars from her high school days that are continuing to influence her self esteem as an adult but we see her work through these with the help of her new “fake” boyfriend, her friends and even her soccer players.
I love how she’s an adult now and yet not totally put together. She swears, she takes petty revenge with pranks, sticks it to teenage bullies, gets drunk at parties and has the best sense of humor. She doesn’t back down and never gives up. She’s a character that I could really identify with which is actually kind of rare.
I wasn’t bullied in high school but I could totally relate with her need to feel a sense of importance with what she was doing with her life. To want to matter. She’s just at a crossroads and doesn’t know how to make that happen or what it should look like.
“Technically, yes. I was an adult. Had been for many years. But I never felt like I’d actually achieved adulthood. Sure, I carried stamps in my purse. And I could cook food that didn’t come from boxes. And I understood the importance of eight hours of sleep. But did that make me an adult? I didn’t sit up straight in chairs. I still rocked out with the windows down to songs that reminded me of the community pool in the summer.”
Jake is the history teacher I wish I’d had and the life coach I need. He proposes a mutually beneficial fake relationship between them where she teaches him how to behave in a monogamous relationship and he helps Marley with teaching and coaching. Since she needs all the help that she can get, it was a done deal.
The moment he knew he was going to marry her was just so silly but it was so perfect as it showed that he saw how awesome she was just being herself.
I love how he just says it like it is.
“You’re operating on the assumption that there’s a standard adulthood that we all subscribe to…We’re all just overgrown teenagers running around trying to be happy.”
Their fake relationship turned real was fun to watch unfold but there was so much more to this story that I loved. Marley’s parents were hilarious. Vickey was laugh out loud funny and the perfect friend and side kick.
The texting between Marley and her mom and Marley and her teammates – had me in stitches! And if you get the bonus epilogue from Lucy Score, you’ll be bawling your eyes out.
I absolutely loved this book and can’t recommend it enough. A must read for all romance lovers for sure.
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