Righteous by Kim Lehman


Author: Kim Lehman

Publisher: Lucky stars publishing

Published: 24th February 2015

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

Source: Netgalley and publisher

Date read: 15th August 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A story about a troubled girl and her effed up, going-nowhere life.

Quick witted, sharp-tongued Righteous Andrews is troubled by a broken past, fed up with her present circumstances, and resolved to a hopeless future.

On the first day of her senior year of high school she gets in trouble, landing in the principal’s office . . . again. There she meets Colt Jackson, the new kid with a troubled past of his own. Despite her attempts to avoid him, Colt seems to show up everywhere she doesn’t want him to be, and soon they strike up an unexpected friendship. Righteous is wary. Friendships aren’t her thing. But something about Colt is different; something about him makes her curious, makes her wonder . . .

Is Colt Jackson really different from everyone else? Does happiness and love truly exist? Or will every relationship in her life always end in lies and heartache?

My Thoughts:

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I wasn’t expecting much from this book to be honest, I haven’t seen any reviews on the blogosphere and there is not a lot on Goodreads either. I was really surprised with this book, It didn’t blow my mind but I wasn’t bored reading it.

We follow Righteous (Yes that’s her name) or likes to be called Ria. Ria stands out at school like a sore thumb, she is not a conformist, she likes to wear black (a lot) she has facial piercings and tattoo’s and is a bit of a loner, just the way she likes it. She also has a bit of a reputation as a trouble maker and constantly in the Principles office. Home life is not much better, her dad she has never met and her mum is searching for love but with all the wrong guys and neglects Ria.

First day back at school and she is already outside the principle’s office when she meets the new guy (Colt) that has transferred, he is hot(obviously), well dressed, athletic and obviously popular but when he keeps showing up where Ria is, she is wary of his friendship and why someone like him would even want to talk to a girl like her.

Ria is a complex character,she has no father figure, no friends and a mother that is so neglectful she can do what she wants. She has confidence and trust issues. The great thing though she is a flawed character and that’s what I truly enjoyed about this book, I don’t want to read a perfect girls (because we know there is no such thing).  Ria chooses to have no friends as that would involve trusting people and she has been let down before.

There is rumour about Colt making the rounds from day one,  Ria doesn’t believe the idle gossip that people spread. Obviously with this rumour going around he is not falling over with friends. He is your stereotypical hot-guy of the school but he is also witty,caring and an overall cool character.

I didn’t relate to the characters, but they weren’t bad. The plot twist was predictable I saw it coming from a mile off, but the romance was cute. There is no insta-love in this book but at times I wanted to shake Ria as she made crappy decisions or not saying what she truly wanted to.

I am surprised that this book has got so little reviews, it’s a YA, contemporary with Romance and has flawed characters.

I rated this 3.5 stars


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