Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

Title: Rebel Bully, Geek Pariah
Author: Erin Jade Lange
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Source: Copy provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review (Thanks Bloomsbury!)

Summary from Goodreads:
"The Breakfast Club" gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.


I love 80s movies!  Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller, Sixteen Candles and of course The Breakfast Club. So to hear that Rebel Bully Geek Pariah was a modern high-stakes Breakfast Club, I was all in!

The book is told from the Pariah's point of view (no multiple POVs here) which was a interesting and nice change considering the story focuses on four main characters.  The reader is immediately introduced to the Pariah's mom through a flash forward.  The hints of mystery and high stakes events start off right away.  The following three main characters are introduced quite quickly.  This is where the book gets the comparison to the Breakfast Club.  The four very different characters are presented with a crazy intense situation and must band together to get through the next 24 hours.  This is a primarily a plot driven book with a secondary focus on the friendship building and new bonds.

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah was darker than I was expecting and at times it had some heavier themes. The book has dangerous adventures, bad guys, drug deals, and police chases.  Without giving away too much of the mystery, I definitely enjoyed the (sometimes a bit unrealistic) suspense filled plot with a unpredictable ending.  
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