Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.
He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.
He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.
His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.
I got my life together.
Cut went onto NHL stardom.
Then there was a text.
I was drinking.
There was a party.
Cut was there…
I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.
The only problem? He never knew I existed.
I remember reading the prologue to The Not-Outcast in the Australia anthology. It was called I Mean, It’s Cool in that anthology. It was different from anything I had read. I didn’t know what to think of it then. I wanted to know more about Cheyenne, Cut, Chad, and everything else that was going on. I was so glad there was going to be a full length novel to continue the story.
The Not-Outcast was a special book. It puts the reader inside Cheyenne’s head. Cheyenne was a chaotic character. Her mental illness shaped her life and her thoughts. I probably don’t know enough about Cheyenne’s diagnosis to say whether or not they were true to life, but I have experienced anxiety and those moments felt real. I loved that Tijan chose to spotlight someone dealing with all the things Cheyenne had to deal with.
This time around we also got Cut’s point of view. I had much respect for Cut throughout the entire book. He didn’t scare easily and stood up for what was right. Seeing how easy loving Cheyenne was for Cut was inspiring. I liked seeing her through his eyes.
I mentioned Cut’s best friend Chad above, but I’ll leave him to those reading the book. Instead I’m going to talk about Cheyenne’s girlfriends. Melanie and Sasha were freaking awesome. I loved how they were ride or die for each other. I felt their love for each other and the strengths of their friendship. (I would totally read a book about either of them.)
I know I’m not giving you much in this review, but I honestly don’t know how to explain most of it without giving too much away. If you’re a fan Tijan’s writing, you will like it. It’s got the drama, the strong female characters with issues, a tough but loving hero, and more drama. I enjoyed the ride and I’m sad it’s over for me. I guess I could always reread it…
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Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
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