Title: Fight For Her
Author: Liz Blum
Pub. Date: March 9, 2021
Pub: Wattpad Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: ⭐️ DNF @ 10%
From the outside, being the heir to a million-dollar auto repair company, the girlfriend to the school’s quarterback, and admired by her peers, means Scarlet Tucker’s life seems perfect. But after the tragic death of her brother, every day is a struggle to keep up appearances―especially with her boyfriend, who cares more about his reputation than about Scarlet’s feelings.
When Scarlet accidentally slams into her school’s resident bad-boy-slash-outcast, Elijah Black, in the hallway, he shakes up more than her notebooks. Scarlet’s heard rumors about Elijah, but she’s drawn to him because they share the same sorrow―they’ve both lost a brother. As they grow closer, Elijah lets Scarlet into his hidden life of underground fighting, where long-buried secrets that impact both of their lives unravel. Before long, Elijah and Scarlet are in too deep to turn back, and the only way they’ll survive is to stick together.
This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I had hight hopes for this book, not gonna lie.
I’ve been loving contemporary books recently (as we all know) and based on the synopsis, I was so damn excited for this book. It sounded like it was going to be right up my alley, and I was going to love it.
That didn’t happen.
I’ve been reading for forever, and while I usually like to give books at least 30% before I DNF (if I’m hesitant or unsure about it) I knew very early on that this book wasn’t for me.
I know it’s an ARC, that it’s not a final published copy and therefore there will be mistakes. This felt more like a first rough draft and it’s a mess. Within the first 10% it’s incredibly repetitive. It’s also really clear that the author relied heavily on stereotypes as none of the characters have any kind of depth and they’re all highly unlikeable.
The MC, Scarlet, is the worst.
We’re supposed to like her, she’s not like other girls, and she knows her boyfriend’s personality sucks, but stays with him anyways.
And I mean, her boyfriend, Jack, the Quarterback who as a high schooler is on the fast track for the NFL (puh-lease) is a walking red flag. He’s a grade-A bully with stupid as hell bullying tactics. His claim to fame is being a Quarterback, he’s gross and he treats Scarlet like a trophy.
But Scarlet – she fucking lets him.
I might’ve been able to look past every single thing I found lacking and terrible in this book, but Scarlet’s inability to stand up for anyone, let alone herself was annoying as hell. She absolutely knows that her boyfriend is a dick, that his personality sucks, that he’s needlessly mean to people because he’s Jack the Quarterback.
Oh, and because he’s not that way with her.
I only read 10%, so I can’t speak on the rest of the book. I did happen to check out some reviews just to find out if this got any better, and I can honestly say that I’m glad I’m not wasting my time with this book. If you read it and loved it, great! I’m happy for you. But I’m not wasting my time reading something that very clearly – in my opinion – needs a serious overhaul in writing, plot and character development.
I had so many issues with just the first 10%, and that speaks volumes.