Book Review – Love and Candy by Elizabeth Famous




LOVE and CANDY is a contemporary coming-of-age romance. It doesn’t shy away from the explicit details of a young woman’s first serious relationship and deals with adult topics. Her love interest is a seriously tortured guy, far from a prince charming.

SAMANTHA MONTCLARE is not who she thought she was. Straitlaced and academically minded, she’s knocked to her knees by an unexpected infatuation with the star of her local soccer team just as she discovers that her biological father is not the loving dad who raised her but a forbidding Italian aristocrat. 

Within the social hierarchy of a wealthy suburban high school, DELANEY TROY is so superior to naive Samantha that she can’t speak to him without provoking obscene taunts from his friends. 

Delaney is gorgeous, but much of Samantha’s fascination stems from his brazen honesty and bristling wit. His air of confidence inspires so powerful an interest he draws her in without even looking at her.

But how could she possibly date a guy like Delaney who insists he only wants to hook up — and doesn’t believe in love?

Will the scandalous truth about the circumstances of her conception threaten her happy home life? 

Must she find a place in her life for an alarming new “father” just as she’s becoming an independent young woman?

Stephannie’s 4 Star Review:

Samantha  Montclare is a freshman in high school.  She discovers a secret that her parents have been keeping from her that her dad isn’t really her dad. But who he is and how she was conceived is another shocking secret. It makes Sam question everything about herself in a time in a teenager life where they begin to discover who they are and what they want. During this time, she notices Delaney Troy the soccer star  at her school and  she can’t keep her eyes off of him. He is beyond gorgeous and she is starstruct by his confidence. She think that he’ll never be hers but what’s wrong with starring at him. 

Delaney Troy is a player on and off the soccer field. He doesn’t do relationships or commitment. He wants to be free and not be tied to one girl. He wants to hook up with whoever he wants whenever he wants. He is a junior and his friends love to make fun of Sam because her actions come across as stalking. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. I was hooked from the very start. Its a different type of romance because Delaney Troy is not Samantha’s prince charming. But she is in so deep that she doesn’t care. It was truly love at first sight for Sam. But if she wants him she might have to play by his rules. This isn’t a traditional love story but that is what makes it so good. There will be times you will hate Delaney or  hope he gets his act together.  But I wished that I knew what Delaney was thinking throughout the book. I never knew where he stood but I think that is what got me hooked because I needed to figure him out. I think I turned into Delaney Stalker too because just like Sam I couldn’t get enough of Delaney Troy. I wanted to know everything about him.  I also  loved Sam’s parents in this story (Robert and Catherine) who were very carefree and open about everything. They talked about things teens usually talk to their friends about not their parents. Which lead to some very interesting conversation, that made me laugh so hard. But this is what made the book such an interesting read. 

I only gave the book 4 stars because there were times when the book didn’t flow. There was a few times that I felt the wording used wasn’t clear for me to understand and I had to reread a section to figure it out. I also thought the ending was rushed which is one of my pet peeves. But it was still a great book and I would recommend you to read it.