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Meet you at the Booth: Rich and Mad Review



Name: Rich and Mad
Author: William Nicholson
Short Summary (no spoilers): 
From the author:
Maddy is a sixteen-year-old who likes
a boy in her theater club.
 
Joe is cute and popular and, incredibly,
sending signals that he likes her back.
Or does he? Isn’t Joe going out with Gemma?
 
Rich has a crush on Grace, and he even sends a letter
of recommendation from the pope to get
her to pay attention to him. But Grace
doesn’t appreciate that tactic. . . .

The problem is, in life’s messy mixed signals of friends and lies and sex and status, true love can be hard to find. And the real thing doesn’t always come in the most obvious package, either. Is it possible that the person you never thought of that way is the one who will ultimately touch your heart?
 
This compelling exploration of feelings, expectations, and attraction offers a contemporary and candid look at love and sexuality while moving readers with its gentle portrayal of a very special first relationship.
 


I finally bought this novel after three months of pining for it. It was well worth the wait. The writing is different. Nevertheless, it was great.

In public or under the covers?
From the cover, you'd think the book would not only be under the covers but, at the foot of the bed. Surprisingly, I don't think you have to be under the covers at all. In fact, you can in the middle of Central Park and be fine. The cover slightly misleads you on the rating of the novel. It's pretty vanilla in terms of inappropriate
What mood? 
Be prepared to explore important topics based on teens today. If I am  ever afraid to have "the talk" with my children, I'll shove Rich and Mad in front of their faces. It addresses everything a teen needs to know: sex, domestic violence, dealing with death, and more. You'll feel serious while reading. However, don't let that change your perception of the novel. It was an experience that won't escape me. 
Main character – yay or nay?
This novel is actually a duel perspective novel. Nicholson created an alternating view to thicken the plot.  Don't get too happy. The main characters are Maddy and Rich. Nonetheless, Maddy is the true  holder of being main protagonist. She was... just Maddy. I'm not sure that makes sense. I feel neutral about her character. I don't dislike her. Yet, I don't really like her either. Let's say I didn't finish the novel for her. 
Getting Over Joe:
Although I've always thought the name Joe is bland, I did like the Joe in Rich and Mad. Hopping off the pages, I enjoyed his hilariously awesome comments.  I couldn't picture him in my head. Thank goodness I was provided with a visual. Joe's brother was pretty mysterious and awesome as well.
Character Fever:
I enjoyed Rich and his cute endeavors to get Grace's attention. Come on now he got the pope's recommendation. Aww, soo romantic! I loved Rich's dedication to his family the most. A man who cares for his family will be dedicated to the family you build together. He is my favorite character in the book. 
Crust factor:
Oh I really don't want to ruin our novel experience. I'll say one main reason. Books often take a turn. To some extent, I'm like "OMG, YES!" For Rich and Mad, it came out more like "OMG OMG, I"M DONE WITH THIS!" I wouldn't exaggerate. You realize people aren't who they say they are. Certain characters are with other characters undercover. Oh man! It's easy to see that Nicholson is screenwriter. His plot is so deliciously rich. 
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover:
Look at this cover! Loved it! This is the main reason I plucked this room the shelves in Borders. (Let's have a silent moment for the greatest store ever.) You can tell the setting is in a European country. The couple is getting quite cozy in a red phonebook. Besides the sexy background, the guy is handsome. I absolutely enjoyed the sight of his hair. Altogether, I believe this cover deserves a A+. Little spoiler, the title is actually the antithesis of the themes in the novel. It excels in all the factors of an appealing book. Plus, I'm a sucker for guys who wear plaid. 
Song this reminds me of:
Have you heard this song? Here's the chorus:
'Cause I'm never going down,I'm never giving up.I'm never gonna leave,So put your hands up.If you like me,Then say you like me.I'm never going down,I'm never giving up.I'm never gonna leave,So put your hands up.If you like me,Then say you like me.
Perfect right? But, for who?
Movie or TV show: how does it stack up?
I wish there was a TV show for this book. Oh, it would be so juicy and amazing. I'd keep the title. It's catchy. Plus, I just had a major realization that I can't share with you at this moment.
Recommendations:
Dash & Lily's Book of Dare
Will Grayson Will Grayson
Crash Test Love
Paper Towns

With much thought, I've decided to give Rich and Mad a Chris Evans, three stars. I did love it. So, it's strange that it's only receiving a three. However, based on the criteria, the novel fits three. I wanted soo much more. Dexter did a great a fantastic job writing the description for Chris Evans. I want to share it. Chris chris chris. Flame on indeed. This book is pretty good but, just like Chris Evans, it's kind of a tease. We just want a little more, but you stopped too soon just like a 3 star book. So sad. Just a few degrees away from supernova. Flame off. Cute right? I'd suggest you read Rich and Mad. Tell us what you think.  

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