Cutters vs. Jocks by Elizabeth Marx
5 out of 5 stars
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Cutters vs. Jocks is the prequel before Binding Arbitration, and it leaves you wanting to jump right into the novel. Loved - Loved - Loved this novella! Let's just forget about all the characters or even the purpose of the story, because none of that would even make sense without the awesome writing of Elizabeth Marx. Her choice of words, the amount of details she provides, and the details she holds back on makes this story freaking AWESOME!
It has been so long...since I read a book where their friendship developed into a romance. Elizabeth was the small town girl (cutter) and Aidan was the popular baseball player (jock), and they were not supposed to cross paths. Aidan was basically courting her for over a year. And Elizabeth didn't make it easy on him. I loved her for putting him in his place and making him work for her. "I'm sure you have an open relationship," she said in disgust, "and I'm sure she doesn't know anything about your extracurricular activities. Thanks for the offer, but I don't play second string." While I was fist pumping Elizabeth for being strong and resisting Aidan's charm, I was also waiting for the moment when she would lose herself in Aidan.
You will leave this book...mad at someone. Who? It depends on how you interpret the book. I felt like I should have been mad at Aidan, but for the life of me I couldn't bring myself to be upset with him. I totally didn't think it was his fault. Aidan was scared to admit his feelings for Elizabeth, and she was too closed off to hear it when he tried to talk to her countless times. I was furious with Elizabeth for not realizing she was better than where she came from...she didn't have to prove anything to anyone.
Elizabeth Marx left it all on the table in this novella. She did her job of wrapping me up and making it hard for me to breathe. At the beginning of each chapter, she uses quotes that coincide with the events of the chapter. And they are awesome quotes you can apply to everyday situations in your own life. Quotes like, "The course of true love never did run smooth," or "Hitting is timing, pitching is upsetting timing." And I forgot to mention the umpire voice in Aidan's head that is trying to guide him through life and make better decisions for his welfare...and not because it's what he thinks he is supposed to do.
"Some people you're not meant to forget." And this applies to book to...because this book is one you not forget.
~Tiffany (556 Book Chicks)