FIGHT FOR HER by Liz Plum

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When her brother Max died, something inside Scarlett broke. Being alone was almost torture–a chance for her mind to spin out of control in an eddy of what ifs. Fortunately, since she started dating Jack, she’s rarely had to be alone. Between attending Jack’s football games and parties, hanging out with Jack’s friends, studying, and working at her dad’s auto mechanic shop, Scarlett is almost too busy to think.

But after a chance encounter with the school freak, Elijah, makes her realize the effect of Jack’s bullying, she starts to see the flaws in her relationship. And when she and Elijah become friends, she gets sucked into an underground boxing ring and uncovers secrets from her past.

Though you wouldn’t know it from my blurb above, the second half of the book reads like a thriller–street fighting, guns, gangs, murder… But the gradual, romance-centered start makes FIGHT FOR HER a much better pick for fans of YA contemporary/romance than for the mystery/thriller crowd. Pick it up if you like love triangles and bad boys.

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