Author: Elisa Dane
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Online Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
*I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
Summary from Goodreads:
Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.
So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it.
But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.
Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realise they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.
Ex-Factor is the first novel in Elisa Dane's new series, "The Diamond Girls". Ex-Factor was a fantastic, relatable novel and this novel perfectly conveyed the dangers of drink driving. The message of, "Don't Drink and Drive" was stressed throughout this whole novel which definitely reached out to me and caught my attention. Ex-Factor follows the story of a young, confused but brave teenager, Nevaeh (Nev). Even after facing terrible adversities, her courageous character is outstanding throughout the whole novel. Bodie, the male protagonist of this novel, also just like Nev has many dark secrets of his own. He has faced many difficulties and the unique ways he overcomes those obstacles is brilliant. Nev and Bodie's relationship was not forced in any way but in fact a sweet, reliable, trustworthy relationship making the novel an enjoyable read. I adored the times Nev would 'break down her walls' for Bodie just to release her emotions and convey the idea she needs help. This does not show weakness but in fact shows a multidimensional character which makes her more realistic and easier to understand. The way both of them could help each other in their difficulties by supporting each other was phenomenal and definitely a key element in a good relationship. Elisa Dane's writing skills is quite elegant & beautiful and this was conveyed during the scenes of Nev cheer leading. I am not so familiar with the rules and techniques of cheer leading but Elisa Dane has written all the cheer leading scenes in this novel phenomenally that now even I know a few techniques. I was never confused by all the 'cheer leading references' which is what made this novel a fun, unique experience. I definitely recommend this novel to teenagers as it is a beautiful novel with an important message of "Don't Drink & Drive". I feel in love with this novel in the first few pages and I can assure you that you will fall I love with this novel too. I can't wait to continue the series and a lot of thanks to Elisa Dane for sending me an ebook- I greatly appreciate it.
- Erisha <4