Stage one of the plan for revenge: get my bra back – Lauren Price.
All these young writers getting their act together and producing quality content is both inspiring and wonderful. Lauren Price is 19, and she has debuted a hysterical, heart-warming, unputdownable novel that I wanted to consume whole. Beginning her writing career on the acclaimed Wattpad, her “frankly quite weird creative voice” earned her a devoted fanbase who hung on to every word that was written in protagonist Riley’s equally imaginative, funny voice.
First off, the title, A Bad Boy Stole My Bra, gives the initial tone of the entire story away. Combined with the bright yellow cover, anyone can see that this is going to be a light-hearted, summer read to dive into. For the most part, it is. The first chapter is the new (hot) boy next door dashing through the window to steal an embarrassing Minnie Mouse bra that should never see the light of day again. Nevertheless, there is another side to this story, a deeper, more meaningful twist that keeps on spinning. Riley has a secret, one that only one other person knows, and when that person comes back into her life, he brings a wave of heartache and guilt with him.
The relationship that inevitably grows between next door neighbours Riley and the ever-tormenting Alex Wilde is every teenager’s dream, even everybody’s dream. Alex Wilde quite literally is wild. He is a prankster who never stops. He is a little bit of a womanizer who shrugs off the attention as if it is nothing. He has an air about him with an IDGAF attitude, but the reality is he cares, and he cares more for Riley than he lets on. She sees it in him when nobody else is around, the secret lingering looks and his bark of laughter. Riley, on the other hand, wears her heart on her sleeve, no matter how much she tries to hide it. She is kind-hearted, but distrusting, even of her friends in some cases. She will carry the world on her shoulders before she allows them to be a part of her mistake. At the same time, Riley is every teenage girl. She studies hard. She has the weight of something on her shoulder and she needs a release in the form of great friends and a sexy neighbour. The impact of a relatable protagonist doesn’t go unnoticed. Riley is a character to cheer on, to love and to believe in. She is the epitome of some girls’ lives. Who wouldn’t want to read a book that unconsciously delves into a part of our own teenage life?
The friendship circle in A Bad Boy Stole My Bra has to be noted. It is the unbreakable bond between a group of people who have fallen into each others lives. It doesn’t matter that they seem to be from different popularity sectors, they all mesh and bond which is how the real world should be. Hopefully, through more stories like Lauren’s, the world of Mean Girls will truly perish, leaving a happy atmosphere at all of the tables in the dinner hall. A particular favourite character of mine has to be Violet. She is sassy, honest, brazen and completely true to herself. She is that best friend that everyone wants to have, and the girl everyone wants to be.
A Bad Boy Stole My Bra is one of those books you will not regret purchasing, no matter what age you are. Yes, it is perfect for young adults, teenagers growing up; perhaps it can even be correlated to the late, great Louise Rennison with her stories about Georgia, Angus, thongs and snogging. It is certainly along the same wavelength in terms of teen humour.
I, personally, would love to see more of Riley and Alex. Who else is with me?
Love, Faye xo