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Peek Inside Resisting the Rebel

When loner Caleb Torrs sees spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington pining over some loser at a party, he thinks she’s lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked her to be his fake girlfriend. She’ll get that guy's attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back. Too bad their plan is working, and the loser she wanted is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for...

Resisting the Rebel

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Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing.

Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs?

Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend. She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back. It’s a win-win.

But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…


"I loved the storyline. From the pop culture references to the awesome music to that punch of an ending (come on, who got that reference?!?!), this is one of those books that is the first name I drop to people when they want a happy, funny, well written story, and Lisa Brown Roberts is the first author I direct people to when they want to be entertained and/or when they want swoony, swoony lead guys. Truly, you will blush and read as fast as you can to see what happens next. And there are even a few Easter eggs within the story that I completely loved!" -K.M. Robinson, Reading Transforms

"Okay, so Mandy and Caleb are ultimately the best couple ever. They just have that hippie-rebel thing going on if ya know what I mean *wink wink*" -Alexis Johnson, Mad for Books, Luv

"I fell in love with Mandy and Caleb practically from the first time they showed up on the page. How could I not? Mandy's rants about The Catcher in the Rye could have been made by my own dear daughter (she too hated it with the heat of a thousand suns...and OMG she's never going to let it go). And Caleb became my much-too-young-for-me-book-boyfriend." -Becky, Becky on Books...and Quilts

"This is a wonderfully written teenage love story! I'm 30 years old and I have to say I was mesmerized by this book! I started this book yesterday evening and ended up staying up till after 1am and realized I was seriously debating staying up and finishing it!" -Amber Carroll, Amber's World of Books

"Let me begin by saying that Lisa Brown Roberts was just the author I was looking for. Her writing is so much fun to read and really hit the spot. I've been searching for a good contemporary read, as it is a genre I don't read much of but have been wanting to pick up more, and Resisting the Rebel was perfect! It had lovable characters, a great plot, even better writing, and yeah, lots of swoony kissing!" -Megan Smith, Under the Book Cover

"TheseEntangled Crush books are perfect for the teen contemporary romancemarket. In this installment Mandy has a crush on Gus who is datinganother girl. Caleb has recently broken up with his girlfriend who isn't dealing with the breakup well. After a talking at a party, Calebdecides the best way for him and Mandy to fix their problems is for them to fake date. Gus will realize that Mandy is date material and Caleb'sex will get the picture and move on. But as the fake relationshipprogresses, Caleb decides he doesn't want Gus to be the one for Mandy,because Caleb himself is crushing on Mandy. But how can he get Mandy torealize that Gus is not the one?" -Charla Hollingsworth, HNGC Library

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756816
Release Date: Jul 25, 2016
Page Count: 297
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: enemies to lovers, fake relationship

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By Claire July 27, 2016

4 - Let's stop pretending... Stars!

Resisting the Rebel is one of those books that came along just when I needed to read it. Having had a week or two of drama filled angsty reads, it was the perfect, light and easy-to-read, story-line that I needed break things up a bit.

Mandy Pennington and Caleb ...more

By Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ December 30, 2017

Resisting the Rebel was the cutest book ever! I just can't get over how adorable this fake boyfriend story was! I constantly found myself smiling while sighing and laughing out loud. And when you add in banter and angst that was perfectly done, well I couldn't help but go back and re-read a ton of ...more

By lucie August 28, 2016

He was into bad girls, which made sense because he was totally bad boy.

I. Love. This. Book.
Even if it's lame I liked the whole thing about fake relationship, teasing between Mandy and Caleb (who is my new book boyfriend by the way), how he called Mandy with this cute nickname 'Disco', th ...more

By KAS July 23, 2016

Two polar opposite high school teens, who really dislike each other, decide to "pretend to be date" so she, Mandy, can make a boy jealous, and he, Caleb, can get an ex off his back!

This really was a cute, sweet story. Definitely a YA book, but geared more for teenage readers than most of the YA book ...more

By Kaitlin July 28, 2016

Full Review located here:

Resisting the Rebel was a fun and cute read that I think anyone who enjoys those types of books will definitely enjoy this one. There are a lot of cliches, so as long as that doesn't bother you, I think you will fall in love with the ...more

By Elaine July 27, 2016

This is a great ya romance where pretending to be involved leads to the real thing. Mandy Pennington is a natural leader, involved in all kinds of societies and groups in her school but she also has ADHD and Dysgraphia making written work a real struggle for her. She does have her own posse of frien ...more

By Ayah August 01, 2016

I received an eARC of Resisting the Rebel from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange with an honest review.

First things first, I am a realist. And I here by declare Lisa Brown Roberts as the Queen of Romance and Comedy.

The charisma that these characters have is amazing. I has a hard time catching ...more

By April July 21, 2016

I really really liked this one! Resisting the Rebel is right up my alley with the brooding bad boy who may not be so bad after all. He likes to keep to himself. I get it... His love for reading only makes him that much more adorable and Mandy needs a serious kick in the butt for not seeing it soone ...more

By Bette July 20, 2016

Awesome YA sweet read. The characters of Mandy and Caleb are both incredible and I loved the slow build of their relationship. My only complaint about this book is the cover. Seriously, this needs a leather wearing bad boy on the cover! A minor complaint but still!

Caleb is known as the school bad bo ...more

By Cheyanne July 28, 2016

First of all, thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for this review copy of RESISTING THE REBEL. I am a big fan of this publisher's Crush imprint and this book just might be my favorite so far.

It's cute, well written, and had me smiling the entire time. I love Mandy's quirks and positive outloo ...more

By Melinda July 23, 2016

*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really loved this book! Although the title sounds really cliche, the author took a new angle on the common trope of the good girl and bad boy. I loved how Mandy wasn't the typical good girl and was a complex character what with ...more

By September 20, 2016


4.5 “Disco & Power Rangers” STARS

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Entangled Crush!

You guys, this book! This. Freaking. Hot. YA. Contemporary. Book.


Everyone knows I'm a huge fan of the fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope. HUGE FAN. So this book caught my attention pretty quickly. Throw in a rebel, brooding ...more

By Claire July 30, 2016

***I wanted to thank the publisher/author for approving my request to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

And Full review in my book book blog***

I guess this book is inspired by the characters from the movie, Sky High? Specifically Warren and Layla. I'm not going to lie, I did ship t ...more

By Nicole July 23, 2016

Resisting the Rebel!!! First things first: I received an ARC of this book from Entangled through NetGalley.
The book comes out july 25th. Check it out if you want something cute and fun.
I loved everything about this book. Except for Gus but every person should hate people like Gus!!!!
The characters ...more

By Erica July 21, 2016

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Teenage Angst Stars.

Young adult age-range: 13+, parental discretion with a handful of swear words & the dubious actions of one of the characters, but not above the norm of true-to-life situations. Sexual content: kissing.

Lisa Br ...more

By G September 29, 2016

Que fofuraaaaaa!!!

YA sobre namoro fake pra chamar atenção do crush e acaba se tornando real. Aí, pensei: "ué, só 92726616 YA usam esse plot, q q tem demais?"

Bem,tem uma heroína super carismática, q todos adoram, é viciada em tudo q envolve os anos 70, adora dançar disco, recita mantras o tempo todo, ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) July 17, 2016

Love, love, love this story. I wasn't reading much earlier this, but when I really picked it yesterday, I was hooked with Mandy, Caleb, J.T., Cammie, and all the rest of Many's posse....well, except Gus, the creep. I particularly liked the allusions to the Power Rangers, the allusions to books and r ...more

By Namratha January 08, 2019

This book was deliciously cliched and a justified guilty pleasure. ...more

By diana August 26, 2017

Oh my gosh! THIS BOOK. Where do I even begin?!

Resisting the Rebel is just one of those books I can't help but love from the very beginning. It was fluffy, swoony and hilarious. How can Lisa Roberts write such an amazing, relatable characters and an adorable romance I have no idea. But damn. This boo ...more

By Lisa (lifeinlit) August 21, 2016

Mandy has a hardcore crush on her friend, Gus. They've been friends since young children, and to Mandy, Gus is basically perfect. The only problem is he's dating her archenemy. (Ugh, don't you hate when that happens!) Even worse... after he invites her to a party, she finds them making out in the ba ...more

By Moriah July 23, 2016

*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received this book via NetGalley from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review**

Who didn’t love Sky High? This is not a rhetorical question. If someone seriously didn’t love that movie, please, explain why. It had it all: superheroes, the ...more

By Suze December 22, 2016

Mandy has been in love with Gus for years. When he finally invites her to a party on her birthday she ends up on her own while he has hooked up with someone else. She still thinks he's a friendly dorky guy and she wants to make him notice her. When bad boy Caleb helps her out they form a plan. Caleb ...more

By Kassiah September 09, 2016

I was so excited to read this book as soon as I saw the cover. I mean, this boy is leaning up against lockers. I had to read it, right?

heart eyes gif

I'm so glad I didn't put off reading it. When Mandy's BFF and object-of-her-affection, Gus, invites her to a party, she's crushed when he hooks up with her nemesis. ...more

By Jennifer February 24, 2017

*I received a digital arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Opposites attract in this super cute contemporary YA by Lisa Brown Roberts. Cheerful Mandy wishes her crush would pay attention to her. Brooding Caleb wishes his ex would just move on and leave him alone. So how do you kill two ...more

By Sara March 29, 2017

Well.... wow! The disclaimer is accurate: Swoony kisses indeed! It was so hot I almost melted there and then. I really enjoyed this book, although the start was a bit weird and slow. And it was also frustrating. Well, actually, mostly Mandy was frustrating. I must say, I didn't like much Caleb and M ...more

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Lisa Brown Roberts

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Lisa Brown Roberts

Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.   Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at

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