BOOK REVIEW: Wild Cards by Simone Elekeles

wild-cards-elkeles Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardbound

Pages: 352


After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. So when her older sister comes home after abandoning her ten years earlier, with her hot new stepson in tow, Ashtyn wants nothing to do with either of them. Then she comes up with a plan that would finally give her the chance to leave, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and get the future she wants?


Okay, so after 5 days of not being able to read other books after reading It Ends With Us, I finally moved on and Wild Cards helped me to get over it. I wanted to read a funny and light read that will help me through overcome this pain that caused by It ends With Us. Wild Cards is the answer.

the story is about Derek Fitzpatrick an ex QB of the state football team and Ashley Parker who played team captain of Football team in Fremont high. I’ve never heard a story about a girl who played football and what makes Ashtyn more unique is she’s the team captain of her team. they didn’t get well, when they first met. Derek is more like of a health conscious, knows how to pranks boy while Ashtyn is the opposite of Derek’s attitude so most likely they didn’t get along. but they developed their friendship when they took a detour going to Texas for Ashtyn’s football and Derek’s visiting his grandmother.

what I love about the book is their bantering of words, they developed their feelings through this. they got stuck because Derek’s Stepmother is Ashtyn’s sister. but then again, that uncontrollably feelings they felt towards each other is really uncontrollable. I love the sense of humor in this book, I love it when Ashtyn’s had this strong friendship with her friends. and Derek’s Grandmother is so fun too. it makes this book more funny even though that the two main characters had this issue they kept in their heart for a long time now which I’m not going to write here because I want you to find out what it is by reading this book. I love the scene when Derek surprise Ashtyn with a videos of her playing football for Fremont high, got a lot of butterflies in my tummy!

this is my first ever Simone Elkeles book that I’ve read and it did not disappoint me, it makes me want to read all her books. 👏🏻👍🏻 5 ⭐️/5 for this beautiful book.



Xo, Abby 🙂


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