ARC Review: Courtside Crush by Kayla Tirrell

“You’re on, Romeo.” My lips clamped together tightly. I hadn’t meant to say it but was having so much fun competing with him, it just slipped. A giant grin stretched out across Jackson’s mouth, and I forcefully kept my eyes from looking at his lips too intently. “Okay, Juliet. Here we go.”


I received a free eARC from NetGalley (thank you!) and it did not affect my honest opinion.



About the Book

Title: Courtside Crush (Varsity Girlfriends #1)

Author: Kayla Tirrell

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Release Date: February 12, 2019

ISBN13: 9781794162228


Courtside Crush (Varsity Girlfriends #1)


So much for senior year being the best part of high school.

It all started when I caught my boyfriend cheating on me.
I did what any girl would do—I got revenge. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Thanks to a condemning video, I also got eight weeks of community service and athletic probation right before basketball season is supposed to start. (There goes my spot as captain!)

Thankfully, there’s a guy at Marlowe Junction’s Helping Hands who makes passing the time more enjoyable. He’s gorgeous, funny, and a huge basketball fan.
Too bad he’s also my brother’s biggest enemy…

Courtside Crush is a modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet, perfect for anyone who likes their sweet romance with a dash of drama. It is the first book in the Varsity Girlfriends series.



About the Author

Kayla Tirrell

Kayla Tirrell

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Kayla has loved to read as long as she can remember. While she started out reading spooky stories that had her hiding under her covers, she now prefers stories with a bit more kissing.

When she gets a chance to watch TV, she enjoys cheesy sci-fi and superhero shows. Most days, you’ll catch her burning dinner in an attempt to cook while reading just one more chapter. Kayla lives in the sunshine state with her husband and three boys.



My Review


Courtside Crush was a quick, fun read and I finished it in less than a day! The romance was cute and I had so much fun reading it.

It was fast-paced and it was over before I knew it. I barely had the time to catch my breath, and the drama just kept coming in waves!

The characters are very lovable! I love how loving and supportive the main character’s brother is, and how the people around her rock their roles. Even the villain of the story is actually villain-material, not some sappy “I’m misunderstood, please forgive my mistakes” guy.

Here’s a non-spoiler trivia fact: A lot of the boy’s names end with “on” LOL. Preston, Anderson, Jackson, Greyson. What the heck???

The worldbuilding is okay, it’s giving me the high school vibes and just makes me want to make the most out of my HS days. Marlowe Junction is the perfect sort of place for a modern Romeo and Juliet.

The plot has everything when it comes to high school drama: crushes and romantic relationships, supportive best friends, secrets (why can’t they just tell their secrets and get over it already?!), and the iconic this-is-gonna-change-everything fight.

I love how Romeo and I Juliet is inserted into this story. As I read on, I discover little details that makes it feel A LOT like a modern day retelling of the famous Shakesperean play.

The only problems I could find with this book are 1) how come the main character does not know the physical appearance of her brother’s worst enemy? Like, even her best friend knows how he looks like. It’s nothing major but it’s a plot hole that’s bugged me while I kept on reading the book. And 2) the MC is so self-destructive, she tells herself “I will be good from now on” and then, 5 minutes later, she’s doing ignorant stuff. I just think that with all the punishments threatening her, shouldn’t she at least before thoughtful and careful, and definitely more disciplined? Especially when she refuses to be recognized as a delinquent?

In general, Courtside Crush is a quick, romantic read that will make you fall in love with everything about it’s existence. This gorgoue book made me laugh, cry, giggle, and swoon (over Jackson).  I highly recommend this book to everyone, PLEASE READ!!!


I think it had more to do with standing up for yourself. It’s easy for everyone to get caught up in their own drama, and sometimes you just need to let people know when they’re acting selfish.



My Rating


4 / 5 stars





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