Darby hates Bruce from the very moment they met; when he rear ended her car. However, she can’t avoid him. Bruce is the best-friend to Darby’s cousin/best-friend Amy’s boyfriend, who also is her blind date one night. Then there is school, where they keep on running into each other. When David the creep of the school halls tries to make a move on Darby she is desperate to escape so much that she lies and says Bruce is her boyfriend. What was meant to be a temporary yet convincing arrangement soon turns to love and Darby and Bruce can finally make out.
Why didn’t she just say to David, “I’m not interested, now go away or I’ll have you arrested for sexual harassment”?
Why did the publisher seem to think that teen girls (with enough issues already) needed to be told “You are not a true teen until you have a boyfriend”?
I was disappointed that this book I had loved years ago, was filled with almost anti-feminist ideas. A woman must be rescued. Guys will not take no for an answer unless you have a really good reason. You are nothing if you don’t have a boyfriend.
I live in the twenty-first century where a woman can rescue herself, can say no just because, and is a fully functioning and existing human without a boyfriend.
I really need to go back to reading Jenny Crusie and Kristen Higgins; both have fabulously strong women in their stories. No more Sweet Dreams for me.