Published November 30th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
YA > Contemporary | Romance
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It’s senior year and it’s now or never. Callie Rivera always wanted to be part of her school’s drama club, and she finally musters the courage to audition for Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Only she got the audition dates wrong and landed a role that only existed in her wildest dreams. And her co-actor? None other than Landon Arcival, theater actor extraordinaire, not to mention Callie’s (former) crush— or so she says.
Callie is living the dream, until she wakes up to a nightmare. According to the rumor mill, she is sleeping with different guys in her school. Of course, it isn’t true, but who would believe her? And the worst part? It may or may not be her fault the rumors spread in the first place.
What to do? Callie finds herself in the middle of a hot mess. But then Landon proposes the perfect plan that can fix everything, but only if they don’t fall for each other first.
“It’s only romantic when it’s Shakespeare”
Let me just start off by saying that although Rumor Has It may have a rather NA-ish cover, the novel is nothing but sweet and it very much belongs to the ya genre. This story reminded me of Easy A when it started. That fact made me happy and a bit nervous somehow. Nervous because I was fearing that the story will flow just like what happened in the movie. But I was relieved when it was starting to get obvious that the author is making her own spin and by the near end, Rumor Has It is totally standing in its own story.
I like Calie. I’m pretty sure we, especially girls, have been in her position where you think the only logical thing to do is lie. And you may think that it’s not gonna do any harm but in the end, you’ll have to face the consequence of that lie you made. Calie is likeable and a character that girls will relate to. Just like every high school girl in this world, she just likes to fit in, survive highschool unscathed and make all those goals and dreams come true. But who said that highschool is easy? NO ONE. Because it’s not.
The romantic aspect of Rumor Has It take a huge part of the story. It was sweet and perfect for tweenteens readers. Although I wish it didn’t move in such a fast pace and that we got to know more about our love interest, people will be charmed. Nobody can resist those popular-unpopular love tales. And the fact that our main characters are involved in plays and reciting Shakespeare like it’s the easiest thing in the world, it just made them more precious in my eyes.
Rumor Has It is a short yet satisfying contemporary read. Perfect for readers who inhale ya contemporaries like crack. Its about friendships, staying true to who you are and of course, young love.
Farrah F. Polestico wanted to be a lot of things in life— an engineer, a nurse, an astrophysicist. But it wasn’t until she was thirteen when she knew for sure she was going to be a published writer. And now she is. When she’s not up all night writing her next book, you can find her reading anything and everything from a Charles Dickens novel to old grocery receipts.