Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
New Kid In Town by Jacky Gray is a young adult romance that is the first book in the Bryant Rockwell series. Liv, Jude and Kat - or Brainy, Sporty and Arty - are three girls who are dealing with a whole host of issues while also preparing for a new school and their upcoming exams. The trio of friends exists outside of the normal high school cliques and everything is going mostly smoothly until they meet the new kid, Ray. Ray’s appearance begins to threaten the girls’ friendship as he insults Liv, has feeling of lust toward Jude, and upstages Kat in class. Will the trio remain friends in the face of Ray's actions or will they split apart forever?
New Kid In Town (Bryant Rockwell Book 1) by Jacky Gray is a well written teenage romance that reminded me of my own high school days. Jacky Gray showed all the details of the high school experience - the fun, jealousy, ugliness, petty fights, and true friendship. Jacky did not skip out on the details either; each character has their own unique personality that makes them seem so realistic that I felt like I could actually befriend the trio of girls myself. The romance elements fitted perfectly with the plot and were the right balance of lust, love, and friendship. The plot itself was just right for a teenage romance in that it was mostly straightforward and did not detract from the romance of the characters. I personally found myself enjoying the book and wishing that I could have read it when I was in high school!