Fool Me Twice: An If Only novel (If Only . . . Book 1) by Mandy Hubbard
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Description: Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they're back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.
Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It's the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.
The If Only romance line is all about wanting what you can't have, and Mandy Hubbard's hilarious break-up/love story is sure to captivate anyone who has ever wished for a second shot at love.
My Review: I get it. Teenage love can be rough and when you've been dumped by someone you really like, you tend to want revenge--especially if you just can't get over him. Meet Mack. She and Landon were a great couple, but after the summer ended, he pretty much never talked to her again...until they ended up working together once again the next summer.
Mack is a girl who marches to her own drum. She takes things to the extreme--dying her hair in patriotic colors and wearing worn baby blue cowboy boots with leggings. She comes across as very confident and secure with herself, yet she just can't get over Landon and seems to see what she wants to see when it comes to him.
When Landon takes a fall and has amnesia, Mack and her friend take the opportunity to get revenge--they plan on sabotaging him and making him fall for Mack so that she can break his heart. Unfortunately, thinks don't always go as planned...
I thought Landon was a jerk. Really...how could he just dump her out of the blue? His reasons were kind of lame. I was also appalled that he could be that seriously injured and the girls tried to hide it, focusing solely on revenge. They didn't even say a word to his mom! I'm all about second chances and things seemed to be different this time around. I liked the way it all wrapped up in the end.
Content: Moderately clean romance (almost skinny dipping, innuendo, making out, talk of hooking up, etc); moderate language; no violence; no religion. See my new content ratings here.
About the Author:
Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, and RIPPLE, as well as BUT I LOVE HIM (written under the psuedonym Amanda Grace). In 2012, her releases include IN TOO DEEP (February, written as Amanda Grace) and DANGEROUS BOY (August). She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and daughter.