I Liked It!
Mr. Popular by Nicole London is an angsty yet loveable brother’s best friend romance that I couldn’t put down!
Mariah and Liam have a history, and it’s not just that Liam is Mariah‘s brother’s best friend, things from the past have her hating, loathing, and not being able to be in the same room as him. Now that they are forced to work together at school, Liam is taking every moment he can to try to get back in Mariah‘s good graces, and it’s not an easy task. I loved watching Liam grovel and try to get Mariah’s attention, and yet I hated how Mariah refused every advance that Liam made towards her at times.
It takes a while for Liam to tear down the walls that Mariah has built up against him, and with the help of her best friend Kelsey she finally relents, and things get interesting between these two. I adored watching Mariah open up and let Liam in, I hated that she wouldn’t let Zach know about them and made everything a secret, but I understood at first why, but as time went on I wanted to strangle her for it. Liam was all in with her, but she was always holding back. As we got to know more about their history, it made more sense as to why, but if she was willing to give so much to Liam, she should have been as all in as he was. She definitely had some trust issues with him, and was immature at times, but that’s part of high school I guess.
This story was well written and I adored the banter and back and forth between these two characters. Getting to see the past and what transpired between them to make Mariah hate him in the first place definitely shed some light on why it was so hard for her to let him back into her life, but you can definitely see that she was always the only one that Liam ever cared about. Having this told in a dual point of view definitely helped the story progress as well. If it was only told in Mariah‘s point of view, I think I would have probably hated Liam as much as she did.
If you’re looking for an angsty teenage drama with some steamy scenes, I do recommend adding this one to your TBR list today. I know this one may not be for everyone, but for me it was perfect. My only issue was it ended too soon, and I feel as if there was some questions left unanswered for these two. An epilogue would have been nice! Definitely add Mr. Popular to your reading list today!