Book Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28th, 2014
Publisher: Trifecta Books
Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions
My Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description: Mattie’s smart and she’s in line for a college scholarship, but she’s not exactly the most popular person in school. When the hot and hunky guys at the women’s convention bread booth give out free samples to all the cutest, trendiest girls in the room, they overlook her. It’s just proof that she’s not worth their attention—she’s not a free bread girl.
What she really wants is to date Travis Banks, her high school’s soccer king. But he just can’t see past her clumsiness and frizzy hair to the real Mattie underneath, and sometimes, she can’t either. What’s it going to take for Mattie to find the free bread girl within?
My Review: This was a really great coming-of-age story. Mattie is in high school and just can't seem to see herself for who she really is. She is very talented in science, as well in caring for her loved ones, especially her grandma, who is suffering from ALS. She has a crush on an unreachable boy in school, Travis, yet she can't seem to do anything more than look from afar. She deems herself unworthy all because of some free bread, but she really has so much to offer.
I loved the friendship that Mattie and Trish had, as well as with Jordan. They would do anything for her and are there for her through the ups and downs of teenage life. Mattie doesn't do all the taking--she is there for them, too. Trish is really pretty and popular, but she doesn't let it go to her head. Jordan has blossomed right before Mattie's eyes and she has a hard time recognizing and accepting her changing feelings, but he is a true friend and so supportive of her wishes. I loved him! I just wish Mattie wouldn't have been so hard on herself all the time.
The relationship that Mattie had with her grandma and her grandma's friends was priceless. She wasn't awkward around them at all. I do wish her relationship with her parents would have been better, but as a mother of two teens myself, I can understand why they were the way they were. I loved seeing Mattie grow a backbone.
This story stayed with me. I really did enjoy the journey.
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Shari Bird is a self-proclaimed wallflower, until she steps on a karaoke stage. She hones her craft by teaching others to write . . . the alphabet. Shari teaches first grade in the Utah desert, but daydreams about living in the Costa Rican rainforest. Her first novel with Trifecta is Free Bread Girl, a sweet YA romance which will be released in November 2014.