Title: Double Clutch
Author: Liz Reinhardt
Publication date: September 28th 2011
Pages: 316 (ebook version)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
What happens when you fall for the perfect guy…twice…in one day?
Double Clutch tells the story of Brenna Blixen, a sixteen year old American teenager who has been home-schooled in Denmark for a year before returning to New Jersey. Back in the States, she has to settle back into school, make new friends – and she’s determined to make her year unforgettable. But little does she know what life has got in store for her.
On her first day at school, she falls head over heels in love with Saxon, a charming but arrogant soccer player with a dark secret, who happens to be her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. On the same day during another class, Jake Kelly takes her breath away with his irresistible smile and kindness. What makes things even more complicated is that the two guys actually know each other – in fact, they’re enemies. As her relationship with the two boys reaches a whole new level and she gets to know them, she realizes she has to make a choice. But how is she supposed to choose one when it would mean breaking the other’s heart?
Double Clutch was definitely a pleasant surprise for me. I haven’t really heard anything about this book before so I didn’t know what to expect – but it turned out to be a very exciting and captivating read.
It’s a fast paced story, a real page turner with great character development. Although my favourite has to be Jake, I really liked Saxon’s character. I didn’t like him at first but there’s something mysterious about him, something you can’t exactly put your finger on -and it’s part of why it’s such an excellent story – it makes you want to find out what his secret is, what happened in his past, what he’s hiding from us. There’s a thin line between love and hate, and even if you don’t like him in the beginning, you can’t help falling for him at the end.
On the other hand, I found it a little bit hard to connect to the main character, Brenna. For me she was just too perfect: she’s beautiful, she has a great relationship with her parents, she’s good at sports, she’s good at arts, she’s an only child who has everything and she’s popular (well, at least everyone seems to like her).
Another thing that didn’t really work for me was the fact that I didn’t feel like the main characters (but mainly Brenna) were only sixteen – it felt like they were older, more experienced in general, more mature. It might be just a cultural difference, but for me she seemed too be too level-headed to be a teenager. It may be just me, I don’t know, but you’ll see what I mean if you read the book.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes young adult fiction or romance. There’s a great twist near the end which makes it impossible to foretell what’s going to happen next, I absolutely loved it. The author keeps you in suspense until the very end and even though there are hints about what Saxon’s “secret” might be, I was completely taken by surprise. The sequel was published last month so I’m looking forward to finding out how the story continues! Make sure to pick up a copy and read it, I can guarantee that you’ll like it.