Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"I'll Be Yours" by Jenny B. Jones

About this book:

  “The day Andrew Levin arrives at Washington High, Harper O’Malley knows he’ll make the perfect starter boyfriend. The school’s newest band geek is totally in Harper’s league, yet completely out of this late-bloomer’s reach. Between fitting in with a new family, scoring the first chair in band, and rescuing dogs for the local animal shelter, Harper’s never had the opportunity to hone her dating skills. But even though Harper’s love life is far from perfect, she’s got the perfect plan.
  Harper knows she’s insane to agree to tutor Ridley Estes, a notorious heartbreaker and the star of her high school’s football team—but in exchange, he’s offered to school her in the game of love. Just when she sees promise with her crush, a football scandal rocks her family, her town, and Ridley’s entire future. Harper suddenly has everything to lose—her family, friends, and even her heart. When the dust of the scandal settles, nothing will be the same. Including the girl who asked the most popular jock to teach her about love.”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are mentioned & paraphrased; Prayers & Thanking God; Some Church going; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, music, & sermons; Mentions of a Catholic school & nuns; A few mentions of Christmas music; A mention of a blessing; A mention of a nativity scene;
             *Note: A few mentions of the South taking football as serious as any religion; A couple mentions of voodoo; A mention of a country going to hell in a handbasket; A mention of damning evidence; A mention of zen; A mention of feng shui.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a ‘crud’, a ‘d-bag’, a ‘dang it’, a ‘douche bag’, a ‘hag’, a ‘holy crap’, a ‘screw this’, a ‘shoot’, a ‘what the heck’, a ‘wimp’, two ‘darn’s, two ‘freaking’s, two ‘heck’s, two ‘jacked up’, two ‘sissy’s, two ‘suck it up’, three ‘idiot’s, three ‘oh my gosh’s, four forms of ‘shut up’, six ‘geez’s, seven forms of ‘dumb’, seven ‘gosh’s, nine ‘crap’s, twelve ‘screw up’s, twenty ‘stupid’; Mentions of curses (said, not written, including by Harper); Sass, Sarcasm, & Eye rolling; Pain (up to semi-detailed); Drunks, fighting, & blood (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of death & torture; Mentions of being shot & threated; Mentions of being slapped, abused, fists, & burns (Harper’s past); Mentions of people using others as punching bags; Mentions of an accident & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of blood, injuries, & screams; Mentions of a tornado; Mentions of abused & endangered animals (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of crimes; Mentions of jail; Mentions of records of arrests; Mentions of threats & blackmail; Mentions of nightmares, urns, & a fire (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of divorces; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip; Mentions of tattoos; Mentions of alcohol/booze, parties, keg parties, & fighting; Mentions of drunks; A few mentions of deaths from an allergy; A few mentions of throwing up; A few mentions of shooting a deer; A couple mentions of nicotine gum; A couple mentions of hunting & bird dogs with a dead squirrel; A mention of a man being drunk or high; A mention of a saloon; A mention of cheating;
             *Note: Mentions of secular celebrities, singers/bands, & songs; Mentions of brand names & designers; A few mentions of zombie, alien, & vampires; A few mentions of TV channels & movies; A mention of Bill Clinton.

Sexual Content- two thumb-to-lips touches, three palm kisses (up to semi-detailed); five cheek kisses, a neck kiss, four forehead/hair kisses, two almost kisses, four semi-detailed kisses, two boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed kisses; Thinking about a kiss (semi-detailed); Remembering kisses & touches (semi-detailed); Touches, Heat, Dancing, & Hand Holding (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (up to semi-detailed); A ‘baby’, a ‘bimbos’, a ‘ho-bag’, a ‘sleazy’, three forms of ‘hot’, and eight ‘sexy’s; *Spoiler* Harper’s dad was having an affair & sleeping with another woman *End of Spoiler*; Harper wants Andrew to kiss her; Harper says she’s a firm believer in not ‘giving up the goods’; Talks about kisses, kissing, & kissing lessons; Many mentions of boys, boyfriends, girlfriends, crushes, dating, types, kisses, kissing, & a dance;Mentions of cheating; Mentions of snogging/kissing, kisses, lip locking, & making out; Mentions of lip staring; Mentions of touches; Mentions of flirting, blushes, & swooning; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of a boy in Harper’s room (does not in a romantic sense); A few mentions of sleeping together fantasies after a dance (no detailed); A few mentions of leers & suggestive comments; A few mentions of throwing yourself at someone; A couple mentions of ‘sexy wild sex’ (no detailed and did not happened); A couple mentions of lust; A couple mentions of hints of guys trying to take advantage of a young girl (no details); A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A couple mentions of girls keeping their clothes in a guy’s car; A couple mentions of boundaries; A couple mentions of romance novels; A mention of STDs; A mention of something sounding dirty (Ridley says he likes it); A mention of when a guy touches a girl she ‘flings off her bra and her moral’s (somewhat teasing, not confirmed); A mention of a guy’s harem; A mention of teen pregnancy; A mention of hickeys; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of bras, boobs, & a gay person looking at a girl’s chest; A mention of lesbians; A mention of a flat chest; A mention of breast feeding; A mention of PMS: A mention of testosterone; A couple mentions of unmentionables; A couple mentions of shaving legs & stubble; A mention of offering a lap for sitting needs; A mention of wearing something that looks like a peacock’s butt; A mention of a dog licking it’s butt; A mention of a girl watching a guy’s butt; A mention of staying away from touching a guy’s butt; A mention of getting a guy’s name tattoo on her butt; A mention of a man’s ‘flabby keister’; A mention of a guy calling his backside ‘near-perfect’; A mention of writer’s butt; A mention of seeing butts in a locker room; A mention of practicing a butt off; A mention of working a butt off; A mention of kicking butt; A mention of dusting crumbs off a butt; A mention of a rap song about girls’ butts; A mention of a cheerleader nearly losing her skirt; A mention of a short skirt & Ridley wanting to see Harper in one; A mention of a mini-skirt that caught on fire & burned in very indecent places; A mention of dating the teen equivalents of Victoria’s Secret Angels; A mention of ‘cheap girls’; A mention of strip poker; A mention of a shirtless creep; A mention of a boy ready to debate about being a boy.

-Harper O’Malley, age 16
                                1st person P.O.V. of Harper
                                                        335 pages

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New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add ½ to 1 star for older girls in public school.}
Jenny B. Jones is a popular author in the Christian YA market due to her humor and sass. I personally would say her books are in between the secular market and the Christian market in terms of content. I always have difficulty with some of the content found in her books and this one was no different than past books. There definitely was content I didn’t think was needed and I would have liked seeing more faith content.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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