Review: The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour
During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.
What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a rift in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.
When I saw the cover, I was a bit hesitant to join the blog tour for The Guys Are Props Club. I know they say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but speaking from experience, 99% of the time I find myself wishing I had taken a book’s cover into consideration. But, I was glad I joined the blog tour for this book. Contrary to what the cover suggests, I can actually count the number of times Madison and Sebastian kiss! The book is totally not shallow like that.
Ever heard of the saying “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”? Well, we see a lot of that in this book. There is this club, called the Guys Are Props or G.A.P. club. In this club, girls who were dumped by their player, jerk boyfriends (so they say) get together and offer comfort to each other. Problem is, lately, the one of the founders, Jessica, has become more malicious and introduced Plays, where the boys are played and dumped with revengeful intent.
Jessica is Madison’s best friend and roommate. She is a woman turned bitter by love. Love can turn someone bitter or better and in Jessica’s case, it was the former. She manipulates and uses her charms to break hearts. By her actions, I wrote her off as a b**** early on in the book. But the last few chapters had me viewing her with more sympathy. Yes, what she did isn’t right, but we can see what turned her into a vicious, man-eater.
Madison could come off as a weak-minded person, but she doesn’t. She struggles with making a firm stand at times, but she has a conscience and convictions that makes her different from Jessica. Although she has had her heart broken before, she manages to get on with her life without being stuck in the never ending, vicious rut of vengeance. Readers can hop along with her on her journey as she learns to live and love again.
Now Sebastian…, whew, he’s the epitome of Prince Charming. Outwardly, he might pass as a typical suave player, but he isn’t that at all. Madison definitely learned that “appearances are deceiving” the more she interacted with him! He is charming, kind, determined, decisive, just, etc. I could go on and on listing all his qualities.
I like the subplot of Maddie and Hunter’s friendship. It wasn’t really a distraction from the main storyline, instead it helped to show that this story is more than just a romance story. Hunter is adorable. He has his insecurities but with Maddie’s kindness and encouragement, learns to trust her when she makes promises.
Conclusion: I loved every bit of the book. There was never a dull moment in the story. The ending was perfect and the story was just so beautiful. One lesson that can be garnered is that revenge never works out well. Revenge will only come back to bite you in the end. We have two girls in the story, two girls with broken hearts, but both chose different paths to take and the choices they made decided whether they would live happily or remain wallowing in the past.
Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult. Her debut novel The Guys Are Props Club is an NA contemporary romance which she immensely enjoyed writing. Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She’s sure that one day she’ll see one of her books made into a movie. She likes to dream big. Visit her website at www.ingridseymour.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through Dianne from Oops! I Read A Book Again. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”