A single secret changes everything.
With no college ambition—or desire to care—Luke Hannon’s ready to bail on school before senior year even begins. But when he spots the hot new girl reading an upside down map, he changes his mind.
Hailey Saldino desperately wants to start fresh at a school where she’s free of the snide remarks and hurtful stares. A place where no one knows her past…or her son, Brady.
Luke wants a no strings attached, physical relationship, until Hailey becomes more than a cute girl in a skirt. Usually his bad boy reputation hooks the ladies but it won’t be enough to land a girl like Hailey. Needing a lasting approach, Luke decides to be honest. No lies. No BS. As the connection between them deepens, Luke shares all his shameful secrets.
Afraid to lose one of the few people who’s ever looked at her as something other than a slut, Hailey buries herself in compounding lies. And when Hailey’s purposeful deceit blindsides Luke, he must decide if he’ll walk away, or accept Hailey and the little man she already loves.
Prove Me Wrong starts off slow and there is very little conflict in the first half of the book. But the second half more than makes up for it, providing an emotional roller coaster ride to a satisfying conclusion. New girl, Hailey, has a big secret, one so awful, she and her mom were forced to move two hours away to escape the bullying of her classmates. It’s not surprising then, that she isn’t quick to reveal her secret to everyone in her new school. And her mom encourages her to keep the secret, saying it will ruin her chances to be a normal teenager. Because normal teenagers don’t have babies.
Luke is a player, although it’s not clear if he’s part of the in crowd. He has no ambitions other than getting into Hailey’s pants. At least at first. The more he pursues her, the more she pushes him away, and the more he wants to know more about her. And the more he learns, the more he realizes he’s into her for more than physical reasons. But he’s got secrets of his own, so the road to happiness will be bumpy at best.
Author Tessa Marie does a good job of creating at typical high school in small town America. There’s not much more world building than that, but there doesn’t really need to be. The setting is far less important than the plot or characters.
It’s an engaging concept — what happens when a teenage boy finds out his girlfriend’s little brother is really her son. We all know it’s going to happen at some point, we just don’t know when or how. The lack of conflict early on makes the story drag more than it needed to, but there was some interesting sub-plotting involving Luke’s future and the source of the bad blood between Luke and Hailey’s new friend, Roxy.
The characters aren’t particularly groundbreaking, but they are likable enough. Hailey’s biggest sin isn’t that she got pregnant at 16, or even that she lies about her relationship to her son, Brady. It’s that she doesn’t seem to know how to stand up for herself, either to the father of her child, to her mother, or even the other kids at school. And that is the big flaw she’ll need to overcome to get what she wants.
Luke is a little more interesting. At least toward the latter half of the book. The first half, I’m not sure what Hailey sees in him except he’s pretty face with mesmerizing blue eyes. But he has substance that become apparent later on. His issues run deeper than Hailey’s, so he has more growing to do, and it’s fun to watch.
Hailey’s mom is not stereotypical and I love that about her. Same with Luke’s mom. Friends, C.J. and Roxy are also pretty well developed, so it was easy to overlook Russ, Amanda and some of the other supporting characters who lacked any real depth.
Tessa Marie has a youthful voice that works well for this story. Hailey’s believable as a teen with too many responsibilities and Luke comes across as an authentic teen boy with sex on the brain.
The ending was my favorite part. The conflict is palpable and drives to a logical climax, wrapping up in a satisfying conclusion.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Prove Me Wrong
1. The Romantic Gesture. I won’t spoil it, but the big romantic gesture is about one of the sweetest I’ve read in a while.
2. Hailey’s Priorities. She’s sixteen, so it’s tough to balance school, motherhood, romance, and a job, yet somehow she never forgets that she made a choice when she decided to raise Brady and as hard as it is at times, he comes first.
3. Becky. Hailey’s BFF is everything a best friend should be. I would have loved to have had more of her in the story.
4. Music. The modern music added a touch of authenticity.
5. C.J. He was funny, smart, and a great yin to Luke’s yang.
Prove Me Wrong is a decent young adult read that touches on teen motherhood, responsibilities, and happily ever afters.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Prove Me Wrong
Author: Tessa Marie
Release Date: March 2, 2105
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer under her real name, Theresa Paolo.
She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life.
She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook