Apr 27, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne

Title: Trouble From the Start
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 4.28.2015
Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor
Series: Companion to The Boyfriend Project
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can’t seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster? 

Trouble from the Start releases simultaneously with companion novel The Boyfriend Project. These heartwarming paperback originals are the perfect summer reads, great for fans of Jennifer Echols, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti.
I just want to crawl inside this book and live there forever. Fun, flirty and absolutely adorable. It is in the quintessential beach or poolside read that is sure to captivate teens and adults.

Avery is a good girl - she's the girl I was in school. Never making waves, loyal and a touch innocent. She has this hopefulness and self deprecating humor that I just GET. Because I am the exact same way.

Fletcher is my ideal book boyfriend - he is everything and more I could want in a book boy. He's funny and sweet, but has this bad boy exterior that just WORKS. He is such a multi-layered, versatile character.

These two alone would be enough to keep my attention, but their chemistry together sets the pages on fire and had me never wanting the story to end. From start to finish, Rachel Hawthorne drew me into Avery's story and made me fall in love. TROUBLE FROM THE START is one of the best contemporaries I've read in a long time.

Scratch that - one of the best books I've read in a long time.

This book is being paired with THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT, which releases the same day (April 28, 2015) and follows Avery's best friend, Kendall and her boyfriend, Jeremy, who you will meet in TFTS.

Paired together, this is an incredible duo of books that are a great addition to anyone's shelves.
About Rachel Hawthorne:
Rachel Hawthorne, who also writes as Lorraine Heath and Jade Parker, is the daughter of a British beauty (her mother won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero-who played the Joker on the old Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Herts, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan. She enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She writes for both adult and young adult readers. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana historicals. Her novels have been recognized with a RITA, Romance Writers of America’s most prestigious award for excellence, a HOLT medallion award honoring outstanding literary fiction, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, five Texas Gold Awards, the Golden Quill Award, the Rising Star Award as well as other awards and recognitions. Her novels have been selections of the Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Club. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

Website | Goodreads 

Guest Post on Advice for Teenage Rachel:
I would advise teenage Rachel to let her hair down more and not to strive for such perfectionism. Teenage Rachel was obsessed with getting good grades—which are important but they aren’t everything. Teenage Rachel should hang out with friends more and not be afraid of boys. She always worried that she would like one who didn’t like her or that she would get hurt. But bruised hearts heal. They are no fun, but they do heal. And when the journalism teacher asks if anyone wants to be the editor of the yearbook, raise your hand! You know you want to do it and you also know that you would be very good at it. You have organizational skills and you work hard. It’s okay to toot your own horn sometimes.

One lucky winner will be able to win either a copy of:

ONE PERFECT SUMMER (the new Rachel Hawthorne Omnibus)

Either way - you get 2 books!

You must be a US resident and over 13 to enter. Simply comment below with your email address! Winner will be randomly selected on May 15, 2015!

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
Mon., 4/27 - The Irish Banana Review (Guest Post & Review)
Tues., 4/28 - My Guilty Obsession (Review)
Wed., 4/29 - FictionFare (Review)
Thurs., 4/30 - Swoony Boys Podcast (Q&A & Review)
Fri., 5/1 - Andi's ABCs (Guest Post)

Week 2:
Mon., 5/4 - Book Rocky Betty (Review)
Tues., 5/5 - Supernatural Snark (Q&A)
Wed., 5/6 - Reading W/ABC (Review)
Thurs., 5/7 - No BS Book Reviews (Q&A)
Fri., 5/8 - Gone With the Words (Review)


  1. Oh I LOVE contemporaries that give you characters who come to life! I love how she's relatable and normal, and I love how he's sweet and funny, not just your typical bad boy!!

    It's awesome when you can see why two characters fall in love, when it's not just part of a story but part of who they are :) It's the best kind of story;)

    I've never read anything by Rachel Hawthorne but your review got me hooked now!

    Lovely review :)

    thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

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  3. Thanks for the chance!


  4. Summer is when I really dive into contemporary books, typically its not my genre of choice but a good book is a good book. And my new house has a community pool, so I plan enjoy many books by the pool I have seen a lot of good reviews for this one, so I look forward to it :) Fun and flirty sounds great.

    thequietconcert at gmail dot com

  5. I enjoy opposites-attract stories even though I know they're unlikely IRL.

    Teenage Rachel sounds a lot like Teenage Bookish in a Box. Live and learn. :-)

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

  6. Awesome! ridewitme.ashley@yahoo.com


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