Book Review: Good For You (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber

Reid Alexander's life is an open book. His Hollywood celebrity means that everything he does plays out in the public eye. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analyzed by strangers. His latest mistake totaled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. Now his PR team is working overtime to salvage his image. One thing is clear—this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.

Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian—the outward opposite of everything Reid is about. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off of her pedestal and prove she's human.

Counting the days until his month of service is over, Dori struggles to ignore his wicked magnetic pull while shocking him with her ability to see past his celebrity and challenging him to see his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.

Release Date: December 15, 2011
Age Group: Mature YA
Source: Purchased

Wow!  What a fantastic end to a great series!  I never would have expected to say this, but this book was my favorite of the Between the Lines series.  I have not been a Reid fan at all, in fact I outright hated the guy for the first two books.  I thought he was a shallow, self-centered man-whore and I rejoiced when he didn't get what he wanted (Emma).  I bought Good For You because I'd already read the first two books in the series and I just had to know how the series ended.  I really was hoping for more of Emma and Graham's happily-ever-after, and this longing was enough to justify the $2.99 purchase price for me.

But, Good for You is about Reid and Dori.  And just those two.  In fact, Emma and Graham are mentioned just once, in passing (which just left me to create my own HEA for them).  The alternating first person narrative is solely in Reid and Dori's voices.  And I was happy for that, once I got to know Dori.  Keeping the book just about Dori and Reid made this novel more intimate and more emotional for me.

There were a lot of issues brought up in the first two novels that I wanted to know more about: mainly Reid's home life.  His mother is an alcoholic and his father is a workaholic and I thought that those issues, as well as Reid's dysfunctional relationship with his parents, should be explored.  I got my wish in Good For You.  Webber really delves deep into Reid's psyche and his past, to show the reader the events that shaped Reid into the person he is today.  Knowing these things led me to a grudging respect for Reid.

I just loved Dori.  At first glance, she appears to be your typical 'good girl.'  She's a preacher's daughter, volunteers for Habit for Humanity and goes on mission trips with her church.  She plans to go to Berkeley to study social work because she wants to change the world.  But there's a lot more to Dori than meets the eye.  Like Reid, she has had huge things in her past that have changed her irrevocably.  She carries the guilt of her past with her, and has used it to armor herself against the world. 

I loved that Dori and Reid are friends before becoming romantically involved.  Actually, they don't even like each other much at first, but as they get to know each other, they become friends.  I loved the slow progression of their relationship.  But my favorite thing about this book was Reid's character growth.  Heck, all the characters grew in this novel, even Reid's parents.  Each and every issue was addressed but not fully resolved in an unrealistic way.  The book ends with a working, real-world solution to the major conflicts presented.

I really loved this series.  I have now read all of Tammara Webber's work, and she will be an auto-buy author for me.  If you like contemporary YA, I would highly recommend the Between the Lines series.  You won't be disappointed!

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