He waited until I looked up at him, then said quietly, “I made a mistake. I own it.”
I shook my head but kept my eyes locked on his. “Kind of sounds like it owns you.”
Title: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah
Author: Erin Jade Lange
Publication: February 16th 2016 by 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.
Hmm…. This is one of those books where you have to step back, take a moment, and contemplate just what the hell is going through your head. What I thought Rebel Bully Geek Pariah was going to be, was not what I was given. At this point, I do not know exactly what it is I am feeling. I liked it – I was pleasantly surprised by it – but I am also faintly annoyed by the fact that this was advertised as “The Breakfast Club” (which so happens to be one of my favorite movies ever). So, imagine my excitement when this book randomly crossed my path – it was obvious I was going to go nuts and request it.
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah does have its similarities to my beloved Breakfast Club, but that’s about it. Four kids who are strangers – except for two who happen to be brothers (sort of ruins the vibe, doesn’t it?) – end up caught in a severe moment which leads them into a wild adventure of spending two days on the run and fearing for their lives. So, the only similarity to The Breakfast Club is that a bunch of strangers become friends over a certain span of time due to a harrowing event – that in this case is not detention.
I do have to admit, though, that the character’s did also have their certain charms which lead me to think of The Breakfast Club. While it wasn’t as “traditional” Breakfast Club as I had hoped, the small similarities and quirks were still there. Rebel Bully Geek Pariah is told mainly from the point of view of a girl named Sam (moment of pleased silence for a female protagonist named Samantha). I was expecting it to be a multi-POV book, especially because it is supposed to follow four characters – but I do think the way this story was told worked for the overall purpose of the book. Sam is the pariah, the girl who people avoid simply because she is different and has a troubled past. I do have to admit, despite my reservations I quite enjoyed her slightly unreliable voice.
I loved all four of the characters. Much like the original Breakfast Club, each character has their own set of quirks that are slowly revealed as time goes on. The layers are peeled away the longer they are around each other – and I found that slow, burning development of friendship to be quite beautiful.
While the book starts off on the slow side, it does pick up with the addition of a thriller aspect the more you read. Now, this is the one downside of the book in my eyes. I would rather have a story of friendship without the added, unnecessary drama that was created by a ridiculous and completely avoidable situation. Not only was the thriller aspect sort of trivial, I found it to just be plain stupid. Running from the cops? Please. You put yourself in the damn situation because you went to a stupid forest party… just no. I do understand that the characters are young and scared, but the events were so unrealistic that it was hard to power through in order to get to the end without popping a blood vessel. Give me friendship with no stupid attached or give me death.
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah is a special type of book. Despite my pet peeves and undeniable obsession with everything Breakfast Club, Rebel Bully Geek Pariah creates a new name for a beloved classic. It is exciting, heartwarming, and quirky – everything a remake of The Breakfast Club should be. It highlights the complications, absurdity, and sometimes sheer idiocy that comes with being a teenager in today’s society. Rebel Bully Geek Pariah is a beautiful, though sometimes ridiculous, real world expression of what it means to be a teen – of what it means to be real.