Pepped Up by Ali Dean


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Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.

Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be).

That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town.

When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.


Amanda’s 5 Star Review

I NEED BOOK 2… NOW!!!  I loved this book!  I instantly clicked with it and just couldn’t stop reading!  This book was recommended to me because of my love for all books by Tijan!  And let me just say that Ali Dean is now on my radar and I am anxious to read EVERYTHING she writes in the future!  This is one of those books that sucks you in and just won’t let go, I can’t say enough!

“This right here is what I live for.  The steady rhythm of my feet landing softly on dirt.”
Pepped Up is the story about Pepper Jones.  She lives to run and is an amazing cross country runner for her High School, Brockton Public.  Pepper has worked hard and is hoping to qualify for Nationals this year!  Pepper is not one of the popular girls who goes to parties and hook-ups.  But her best friend, Jace Wilder, is the most popular boy in school!  Everyone loves him, the guys idolize and respect him and the girls all swoon at his feet!  They have been friends their whole life and even though they now run in different social circles, they have always been close!
“Pep, you’re my best friend.  Even more than Wes.  You’re like family, you know?”
But now that Ryan Harding has moved to town and is interested in Pepper, everything is starting to change.  Ryan is a cross country runner and he is instantly drawn to Pepper.  No matter how hard she tells herself to stay focused on running, Ryan and Jace always seem to be in the front of her mind!  She has always liked Jace more than in a friend way, but never wanted to tell him.  But everything is changing and she is starting to learn that maybe she means more to him than she though… but what about Ryan?  And how much does she really know about Jace?
“Jace isn’t usually like this… I don’t know what’s gotten into him.”  Ryan places his hands on my hips.  “I do.  He’s afraid of losing you.”
Ali Dean is an amazing Author!  I am hooked on this series and am so excited to read more! This book is another YA that stands out because it is so different!  And I loved every word! Don’t miss out!