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Misfit

By Elle Kennedy
Misfit by Elle Kennedy digital book - Fable

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elle Kennedy comes an addictive new adult series set against the backdrop of an elite academy where the only thing more dangerous than the powerful seniors who rule without consequences are the secrets they're keeping.

Welcome to Sandover Academy, where the delinquents roam…and you can't trust a soul.

Finding out your mom is marrying some rich guy you've never met is enough to make any eighteen-year-old's head spin. And for RJ Shaw, it gets worse: he's being sent to Sandover Academy for senior year. If there's one place a misfit hacker like RJ doesn't belong, it's an ivy-covered all-boys boarding school for rich delinquents. There's no point trying to get along with anyone. That is, until he meets Sloane Tresscott in the woods on the outskirts of campus. Gorgeous and sharp-tongued, Sloane is pure temptation. Except Sloane is the one girl he's forbidden from touching.

The headmaster's daughter.

Good thing RJ doesn't believe in rules. Sure, Sloane insists she's swearing off boys this year, but he wants her bad, and he's going to win her over if it kills him—unless her ex-boyfriend, the ruling king of Sandover, kills him first. Luckily, RJ's unwittingly made some friends. His new stepbrother Fenn, a pretty boy with a self-destructive streak. Lawson, self-proclaimed agent of chaos. And Silas, the All-American good guy who can't actually be as nice as he seems.

If RJ wants to survive prep school and win Sloane's heart, he'll need to figure out a way to use all the secrets hidden in the walls of Sandover.

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“2.5 Stars - Only because it drew me in a bit more than I expected, giving ever so slightly more plot than 'rich kids all do cocaine and break the law and have parental trauma' type of trope. Ever so slightly. But I take a lot of issues with this book, mainly with RJ. I fucking took notes on this one! Let's start with some quotes. 'I know girls like Sloane. They want to make you run at the sword to get to them on the other side. The gushing wound proves you mean it.' Um...that sounds a lot like incel talk. Like, the idea that hot girls play hard-to-get because they live to screw with men and make them feel inferior, and so men feel they have to 'date down' in order to even get the sex they deserve. And that's fucked. Also, if a girl says she is not interested, maybe take her at face value?? Either she means it and you are a dick for assuming otherwise, or if she is fucking with you, then you should choose not to play the game. That said, I don't believe most people are that vindictive, especially not in dating. Women need sex the same as men do (that is an ancient myth, that only men 'need' sex; let's abolish that), and they have sex drives and a desire to be with someone. It is, again, incel talk to pretend that only men have 'real' needs, and women just want to be used and abused, but also provided for by some strong, manly, controlling dude. To be clear, I get that these two didn't know each other very well yet. Also, RJ was a hot teenage boy who was quickly becoming a player. Typical. But that type of language still bothers me. This happens in the real world, and it is so incredibly toxic. I don't want to see it in my fiction. Second example: 'She sits across from me at the table, which won't do if I'm going to steer tonight toward something more productive than an expensive interrogation.' Same problem, dude. Man takes woman on date, pays for everything, earns sex. If woman does not give, man get angry, and feel taken advantage of. ....WTF world am I living in?? NO ONE owes ANYONE their body! Sex is an intimate thing, and whether you want casual or not, I'm not assuming or judging, but there is still an element of trust in giving yourself to someone. If anyone, man or woman, doesn't want or isn't ready for sex, be it the first meeting, first official date, or the tenth date, it doesn't matter. They always have the right to say no. Hell, even in an a committed relationship! You still do NOT owe sex! And if a man takes someone out with expectations, he deserves to be disappointed. Keep your damn money, I say. Both of you owe it to each other and yourselves to be upfront. See, Sloane did that. She said she wanted to focus on her studies and wasn't super interested in dating. RJ convinced her to go out with him (by lying, mind you) and then assumed he would get something from her for it. He did, actually, in multiple make out sessions, which I think brought Sloane down a lot. At least my estimation of her dropped. She not only didn't stick to her guns on a date or anything physical, she inadvertently rewarded his bad behavior and his sexist expectations. And I take serious issue with that. How can I respect their relationship or get behind this budding romance when it starts with lies and assumptions and just all the wrong motivations? I get what Kennedy was trying to do, here, but the execution fell wrong. But I will give credit where it is due. When Sloane was trying to apologize for this big thing that happened, and she kept texting him, even though RJ was ignoring her? When he finally texted her back, it was to say, 'Unsubscribe'. Which was laugh-out-loud funny to me. It was later painted as super rude and wrong to do, but I thought it was the least offensive thing he said. I swear, I might use that one day, honestly. That was like, the only good thing in this book. All that to say, I never really got behind them as a couple. I never felt anything for them, never saw the connection, and didn't care if they got together or not. I was probably 3/4 into the book when I decided all I cared about was knowing what happened to Casey. Which I was not given.... And based on my spoiler hunting for the 2nd book, not much is revealed there, either. Sorry, but if you have to stretch the same plotline over 3 - maybe more - books, then I am out. Two books, maybe. But beyond that, get some new things in there. Get a new plot, expand some subplots, whatever. That just feels trite. I have no desire to be strung along.”

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She is the author of more than 50 titles of contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels, including the global sensation Off-Campus series.

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