Review: The Not-Outcast (Tijan)

The Not-Outcast
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Tijan
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.

Years passed.
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…

The Not-Outcast an all-new emotional slow burn romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is available now!


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About Tijan
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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14 thoughts on “Review: The Not-Outcast (Tijan)”

  1. Great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! So far, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it! Sophie@Bewareofthereader mentioned that it has the same vibes as Ryan’s Bed. Can’t wait to check it out for myself!

    1. That’s awesome. If you liked Fallen Crest High, you would probably like her Crew series or Broken & Screwed. This one, of course, is good too.

  2. Wonderful review!! I must admit I loved the first half more than the second, but I love where Tijan is going with some of her books. They are so much deeper than anything she has written before.

    ~ Corina |

    1. Thank you! So you kind of had the opposite reaction than I did. I mean, I liked the first part but it took longer for me to love it.

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