Review: Doubles Love by Ali Dean

 
Doubles Love by Ali Dean
Release Day Blitz  ~ November 16, 2016 

doubles-loveMackenzie Bell loves two things: tennis and the Kendrick family. She doesn’t want to be anything like her mother, who hops from one husband to the next. It’s one of many reasons why she’s never dated. The other reason? She’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, Jesse Kendrick.

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 I thought what made this novella fun is that about 90% of the story takes place over one weekend.  We meet Mackenzie on a typical Friday afternoon, but by Sunday evening – her life has completely changed.  Her mother introduces her to yet another husband to be, her best friend has a new boyfriend, and her “I don’t date” policy has made Mackenzie a challenge for suitors.  Her estranged relationship with her mom is a major catalyst for her friendships with Jesse and his sister.  When she discovers her crush on Jesse is the worst kept secret, she feels even more vulnerable- causing her to retreat behind the walls she’s built to protect her heart. 
One constant in her life is the game of tennis, and it is through practice and matches that she finds comfort from life’s surprises.  I liked this novella – it’s a great story about coming of age when life comes at you fast.  It’s also a fun glimpse into an affluent high school, wealthy kids throwing parties, and friends navigating the social dynamics that come with the teenage years. 
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Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.
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