Series: One Week Girlfriend #1
Publisher: Bantam on August 27, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Rewind Challenge, 2014 TBR Reading Challenge
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Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.
But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…
I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.
“He studies me, his blue eyes dark, his head tilted to the side. I wonder what he sees. I know what I see—a confused, lonely man who won’t let anyone in. For whatever stupid reason, I want to be the one he lets in. Maybe I could help him, maybe I couldn’t, but he needs comfort. I can tell. Like souls find each other, you know. As corny as it sounds, I’m starting to believe we were brought together for a reason.”
This novel had been on my To-Be-Read list for about a year now so when I was just browsing through our local library and saw the series I checked it out on a whim.
One Week Girlfriend tells the story of Fable and Drew. Fable doesn’t have the best reputation in their little college town and she doesn’t have the best life—she is struggling to pay the bills while her druggie mom sleeps around and she takes care of her little brother, Owen. And a few mistakes in her past have given her the reputation as the town slut. Drew Callahan needs a favor—he needs someone to act as his girlfriend for the week of Thanksgiving as he goes and faces his family at a house that obviously holds bad memories for him—and he is willing to compensate Fable for her time. Thus begins the whirlwind week of pretending that eventually turns into more. But both Fable and Drew have their own demons and those demons may be large enough and scary enough to tear them apart.
I really enjoyed One Week Girlfriend. I didn’t put it down—I read it in one sitting. It was really well-written and the plot kept me engaged. I was constantly wondering what secret Drew held and how the house and the rest of his family was involved. It gave the novel an air of mystery that made it impossible to stop reading even for a second.
“Wearing skintight jeans and an oversized black sweater, she looks good enough to eat. And I never think like that. Ever. She’s making me think and feel things that are somehow both uncomfortable and freeing. In other words, Fable leaves me in a constant state of confusion.”
Fable was the main female character in this novel. She was strong and very independent. She was facing a lot of crap, having to take care of her brother and basically her mother at the tender age of twenty. She was a little defensive, rough around the edges, but she was selfless and caring. She cared for Drew and she cared for her brother. She was a very relatable character even though we have no commonalities. She made me feel sympathy and root for her.
“Her reputation—and her feisty reaction—was my first clue that she might make the perfect fake girlfriend. I don’t fool around with any of those girls who hang around the locker room after practice or after a game. I don’t really fool around with anyone. It’s easier that way. You give girls a little bit of yourself and they always want more, more, more. Things I can’t give them. I shit myself off to make my life more bearable. I’m like a damn machine sometimes.”
Drew Callahan was a tangle of messed up. He had secrets: deep, dark secrets that made me want to kill characters in this novel. What he went through was terrible and it reflected in the way that he acted throughout the novel. His method of coping was running. That’s mainly what this novel was about. We learn about Drew and his past and why he closed down to everyone two years prior. It was a little bit predictable, what happened to him, but it was shocking nonetheless.
“I’m still baffled. Honestly, I don’t quite know how we got to this point. I hated him on sight. I did this only for the money. I thought he was a fucked up mess. I still think he’s a fucked up mess. But so am I. And he’s so beautiful, so thoughtful, so vulnerable. We can be a mess together. I want to heal him. I know I can heal him.”
The romance in the novel was one of my favorite types—one that goes from fake to pretend. There are a couple notable ones like as the one in Isn’t She Lovely, but this one blew that one away. Their relationship was tentative and their personalities, pasts, and current lives were so different. They had forces acting against them yet they still fell for each other. I am not satisfied with the way their relationship was at the end of this novel but I am excited to see what becomes of it in the next novel nonetheless.
Owen is Fable’s little brother. He’s young—just fourteen—and starting to get into some bad things. But he still cares for Fable and still cares for his negligent mother. It was annoying at times but we didn’t see much of Owen in this novel. Regardless, the kid seems sweet, just not on the right track, and I can’t wait to see more of him in the upcoming novels.
Adele is Drew’s stepmother. And let me tell you, the lady freaks me out. She has ever since she was introduced. Creeper.
One Week Girlfriend was an amazingly told story about a broken boy, a struggling girl, and the love that they find in a week pretending to love each other. It was an excellent read that I would definitely recommend.