Review & Giveaway: Burnouts, Geeks & Jesus Freaks by Karen Gordon

Jun 23

BurnoutsGeeksandJesusFreaksBurnouts, Geeks & Jesus Freaks: A Love Story (Burnouts #1)
By Karen Gordon
Published March 4th, 2014
Self Published
290 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from author in exchange for an unbiased review (THANK YOU!)
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About the book:

They’re burnouts – a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else.

 


He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust.

 

This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers.

 

What a freakin’ surprise, out of nowhere, this little story ended up being.  Okay, here’s the deal.  Bloggers get requests to review books.  Yes, crazy, I know.  I got asked to read and review this little pink ditty and I said “sure”.  The cover is the prettiest shade of pink.  But honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the looooooong title; I can never remember it correctly so I just refer to it in my head as ‘The Burnouts’ book.  

But this story is nothing really about burnouts.  Okay, it sort of is.  But it is SO much more!  Ms. Gordon, your synopsis is just too vague.  Yeah, yeah, it’s got a love story in there but it’s more like a LIFE story of one couple’s love.  Am I giving too much away?  Nah, let me explain…

Carrie lives next door to Ben and they’ve grown up together.  Ben was always the geeky “boy scout” who had aspirations to be in the Army.  Carrie just lived in the moment with the ultimate goal to escape her home life.  But for as long as they’ve lived next to each other, they’ve always been in each other’s life, or at least known what is going on it.

This story captures that time in everyone’s life when you’re finishing high school and going forward into the world.  Do you stick to the plans and dreams you’ve had since you were 10 years old.  Or do you adapt, make sacrifices, and changes for the “bigger” things you never knew you wanted in life?  What if you fail?  Who’s there to catch you? 

I remember that time well…

I guess that’s why I enjoyed this story immensely!  I enjoyed it so much I got pissed, I giggled like a schoolgirl, and I bawled like a baby.  It may have been that time of the month but I really don’t think so.  I think the story just really got to me.

Supporting characters were interesting, too!   I did get a wee bit frustrated trying to figure out MG, Carrie’s best friend.  I think that was only because she didn’t have a “voice” in the story.  But I WILL understand that crazy brain of her’s soon (see below).  And the writing?  Superb.  In my ARC copy, I don’t recall finding any typos.  That is always a turnoff for me, especially with independently published books. 

I’m not going to spoil anything for you but let me assure you of this: there is a HEA but it is NOT a straight line to get there.  And for that, I commend Ms. Gordon.  Some reviewers may have felt that the curveballs thrown-in were unnecessary.  I thought them true to life.  This ain’t no fairy tale ;)  Well, it kind of is… 

Ms. Gordon is madly working on the next book in the series which looks like it picks up on the side story with MG!  Yes, I will know what the heck MG was thinking…

 

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Karen GordonAbout the Author:

Karen Gordon was born and raised in the suburban paradise of St. Charles, MO, on the outskirts of St. Louis. She earned a B.S. in English from the University of Central Missouri (BS being the operative term) and a M.A. in Media Communications from Webster University, where she graduated in a hot pink mortar board because she didn’t like the school colors.
She currently resides in Olive Branch, MS (formerly Cow Pen) on the outskirts of Memphis, TN with her 2.5 super-smart kids, and an amazingly-funny, cute, geeky husband.
When not writing, she is a stay-at-home mom (chick in charge) and part-time teacher. Any down time is spent reading, catching up with friends and obsessively worrying about every little thing.
“Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks: a love story” is her debut novel. She is now frantically trying to recall her college years to write the sequel, “Popstars, Friends and Lovers.”

 

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Karen is offering one of these awesome beach bags and an e-copy of Burnouts, Geeks & Jesus Freaks: A Love Story for you to win!  I think I might have to find another blog having this contest so I can try and win one of these bags!!  You never have enough bags, right?!  Unfortunately this giveaway is open to US residents only and those readers 13 years and older.  Good Luck!
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5 comments

  1. YES!! I am so excited that you read, and loved this book too. This story got to me too. I really enjoyed it.

    Great review!!
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  2. Friendship to lovers trope, heck yes! The title is long, but together with the cover it screams read me. So glad you enjoyed this, I added it to my list!
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  3. This sounds like my kind of book! Looking forward to
    reading it!

  4. I think it sounds really good! How did I miss it??? Great review.
    Books Live Forever (@jeneaw0716) recently posted..Blog Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway for Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

  5. I’m actually a fan of really long titles so this one immedinately stood out to me and i love your review so i’ll have to make a mental note and add it to my TBR!
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