Another terrific bully romance!
I really like when they combine the bully romance with the reverse harem trope even though is is a bit there to think that a Virgin in high school or even a girl who has had a boyfriend or two before is suddenly ready to handle a polyamorous relationship and all that comes with it. I mean I can’t imagine the slut shaming that would occur between high school girls in case like this even if the guys she is with are the ones that “run the school” like the lost boys do in this book. They certainly aren’t with her all the time.
But that is beside the point because this is all fake so I can just enjoy it as is. This book was a bit different than a lot of the books I have read where the girl suddenly is in a rich neighborhood or school and she is either on scholarship or has moved in with family that is rich and is bullied by the rich kids who think she doesn’t belong.
In this case Cordelia (Cora) is from the wealthy side of the tracks and she is one of the wealthiest. She has no idea how the other half lives but her life is not perfect either, though she really doesn’t realize how imperfect it is until things change. Her father is arrested for fraud, the FBI seizes most of their possessions and Cora and her mother are forced to moved to a two bedroom rental on the other side of the tracks.
She lives across the street from three very hot guys who live in separate houses all next to each other but the three guys are always together and act like brothers and stare at her like they know her. The first day of her senior year at the public high school Cora finds out that everyone in the high school hates her because of business deals her father made which basically made a lot of people lose their homes and businesses. They call her names, push and shove her and basically hassle her non stop.
She also finds out that even the teachers and administration won’t step in and help her while the other student curse at her and call her a slut right in front of them. She finds out that “The Lost Boys” run the school and they are the three guys that live across the street from her. They are called that because none of them have parents, they all live with foster families.
There were a few things about this story I didn’t understand, like the fact that the lost boys seemed to be as mad about what Cora’s father did as the rest of the school and just as willing to take it out on her. They even said when they made the deal with her that they would protect her from the rest of the school but they would punish her. But then they never do. They just take her to parties and kiss her. But I did really like the story and I will read on. That is not enough for me to lower my rating.
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