Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 25th 2013
No doubt about it, TylerClarke is hot.
Tyler Clarke has a reputation.
Tyler Clarke has been with every girl in school.
Tyler Clarke is also a virgin... or at least he was until his first date with Lori Matthews.
One thing Tyler could never seem to avoid was a label. Good or bad, no label had ever bothered him quite as much as the one he received from Lori. What was it about her that made him care so much? Why was she different from all the other girls he ever met?
While Tyler never made decisions on a future beyond high school, Lori is a planner. After graduation, she decides to spend her first year at home and attend the community college for two reasons. She needs more time to plan her future and she needs to save money. Tyler and what came next were never part of her plan.
With an uncertain future, a pregnant girlfriend and not many people to turn to, Tyler struggles with one of the toughest years of his life.
Lori's careful plans are turned upside down. The fear of raising a baby inthe same difficult circumstances she grew up with and a relationship that scares her to death, Lori must make the most heart wrenching decision of her life.
Tyler is a moron.
But, he’s a complicated moron. A moron, that I didn’t really give a chance in Texting Tyler because we only saw the worst of him there. Taming Tyler however showed me a side that I never really considered. In the first few chapters we get the sense that Tyler doesn’t care about much in life other than himself. He’s shallow, rude, and conceited. But there’s so much more to him than even he realizes.
I get the feeling that because his brother is so amazing, Tyler feels inadequate at home and that’s why he’s so mean to Chris. The real turning point for Tyler though, is when he meets Lori. Well, technically they know each other, but they’ve never interacted before.
But Tyler approaches her at a club and of course thoughts of how hot she is are running through his head while they dance. But when he goes to kiss her, she’s pretty brutal about her rebuff. It was hilarious!
Rebecca Rembish did an amazing job of getting inside Tyler’s head and showing us his transformation from major douche to a man in love who understands the concept of responsibility. I adored Lori. She brought out the absolute best in Tyler. With him not going to school and her staying in town after graduation to save money, it really was them against the world.
I love how Rembish overlapped Texting Tyler and Taming Tyler because it gives us insight into why he acted the way it did at certain times and I really enjoyed that. By the time we were at the middle of this story and Lori and Tyler were knee deep in issues I had changed my opinion of Tyler wholeheartedly.
He is not a moron, at least not anymore. Seeing him change, take control of his life, finding a job and deciding to attend school, was priceless. But I think the best part was seeing Tyler and Lori fall in love. I don’t want to give too much away, but those of you who read Texting Tyler know what happens between Lori and Tyler and seeing her fleshed out as more than just a face on a computer screen or at the pizzeria, well it was really awesome.
Again, this book made me ball my eyes out towards the end. Rembish has a tendency to tug at those emotional strings I keep locked away behind the snarky strings. They (Lori and Tyler) had to make one of the hardest decisions ever and I’m not going to lie, like a baby I cried.
It was emotional, heart wrenching, and I think it showed that people really can change. Tyler no longer only cared about himself. He put other people before him and even developed a good friendship with his brother. The end of the book was the best. We not only get to see where Lori and Tyler end up, but we also get a little sneak peek at how things went for Amy and Chris which was awesome. I wish you could see all the pink fluffy hearts I’m drawing around this book right now, because wow. Amazing book, if you haven’t read it, you should do that! ;)
Rebecca Rembish is a stay at home mom to a mini super-hero. To help balance out her adventurous days with a pre-schooler and grown-up married life, she escapes by writing Young Adult Romantic Fiction.
She is a compulsive nail biter, who makes daily trips to 7-11 for blueberry coffee. Rebecca grew up in Rockland County, New York, and now resides in New Jersey with her husband and son. Although Rebecca loves to text, amazingly, she and her husband of ten years have never once sent each other a text message.