Review: Trouble from the Start – Rachel Hawthorne

Posted May 4, 2015 by Andi in Books, Review / 4 Comments

Review: Trouble from the Start – Rachel HawthorneTrouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
Published by HarperCollins
Published: April 28th 2015
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Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti, Trouble from the Start is a sweet and romantic read about a good girl who falls for a bad boy.

Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can't seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn't bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster?

A companion novel to Rachel Hawthorne's paperback original The Boyfriend Project, this title is perfect for fans of summer beach reads and sweet treats.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I have been a Rachel Hawthorne fan for a long time. Actually when I first got big into reading 4 years ago Rachel’s books Love on the Lifts, Thrill Ride and Labor of Love were 3 of my favorites. She just has a way about her writing that makes you smile and feel good about life. So when I saw she was finally coming out with a new book I was beyond thrilled. I knew it was what I had been waiting for for a long time. And I can say it lived up to every one of my high hopes and expectations. It was amazingly awesome!

Trouble from the Start is the story of Avery, the daughter of a cop, the good girl. She has done everything by the book for as long as she can remember. She picks the right guys, does the right thing, makes the right friends. But when her path begins to intersect with Fletcher, the local with the bad reputation, Avery starts to develop feelings for the guy she knows she should stay away from. And honestly the last thing Fletcher needs is to date the daughter of a cop. But as they two of them get closer and closer they need to decide is it better to be who they are supposed to be or give in to the feelings of love.

Have I mentioned how much I loved this book? I can’t really describe what it is about a Rachel Hawthorne book that just makes me so happy. She just has this way about writing her characters that pulls you into the story and makes you invested. I mean Avery and Fletcher could not have been farther from each other’s type but Hawthorne made it work. She made the perfect girl see past the bad boy image and the bad boy see more than a goody two shoes. She made me believe they were the perfect match.

Seriously when all was said and done I loved Fletcher and Avery’s relationship so so much. Fletcher really hurt my heart. I wanted to hug him so bad and I was so happy that he ended up with someone like Avery and even Avery’s family, in his corner. The kid had a bad go of things and he just needed people to be there for him. And Avery was pretty great too. She had trouble being herself around people because they all expected her to be a snobby tattletale and she wasn’t . She was smart and dorky but she wasn’t what everyone thought her to be. Reading about her and Fletcher together really filled me with an amazingly happy feeling.

Basically I didn’t realize how much I missed Rachel Hawthorne until I was lucky enough to get to read another Rachel Hawthorne book. She gets teenagers in a way that so few people do. Her books are fun and with heart and a great story. I highly recommend picking up Trouble From the Start and any other Hawthorne books you can get your hands on!

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Don’t forget to check out my Blog Tour post from 5/1 with a giveaway for this book and The Boyfriend Project or One Perfect Summer.

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4 responses to “Review: Trouble from the Start – Rachel Hawthorne

  1. I don’t think I’ve read any of Rachel Hawthorne’s novels before! But you make Trouble From the Start sound so dang cute. Plus, it’s a major bonus that her stories sound like they just make you feel good — reads like that are so important (to me, at least). I might have to give her novels a shot!

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