It’s time for farm girl Tracey Rooks to head back to school for another year, but her new school promises to be interesting… Having lived on a farm with her grandparents her whole life, things are about to change when Tracey wins a place at the very exclusive private school, Eagle Elite. From Wyoming to Chicago, the young woman is quickly warned that there are rules and if you want a quiet life you follow them.
These rules are set by The Elect, the select few students you do not want to mess with, and these rules are clear:
1. Do not touch The Elect.
2. Do not look at The Elect.
3. Do not speak to The Elect.
But being bossed around is not Tracey’s forté, and she is not about to let anyone stand on her feet.
Meet Nixon, Phoenix, Tex and Chase. All gorgeous and all Elect and, as such, untouchable. But when Tracey becomes entangled in their plans, despite Tracey’s roommate Monroe’s best attempts to keep her out of their way, she soon realises there is something big that they are trying to hide.
I found the Elite to be a quirky book. It is not particularly realistic, nor does it try to be. Instead, it feels a bit like a written cartoon, in the best possible way. The book is fast-paced, there is always something happening and you will not get bored reading it. The characters are very likable, if a bit cliché (all these super fit boys falling at Tracey’s feet or almost, the incredibly lovely and friendly roommate who happens to be part of The Elect), but they go well with the light-hearted tone of the book.
Of course, it was not perfect. I found life at Eagle Elite a teeny bit too easy for Tracey, as some characters had lots of room to be the mean twits you kinda wish they’d been. It also takes Tracey a long amount of time to work out the Elect’s little secret, and this made for a tedious first part of the book. And finally, I am not a fan of pop culture references in books. Particularly when they’re about Twilight or Taylor Swift.
And a note to all of you authors out there, please do not compare your overly hot boy to a famous person. Keep it to yourself, thanks. I was enjoying imagining Nixon right up to the point where it was mentioned that he looked like Channing Tatum, whom I really do not find attractive in the slightest. Now the character’s ruined for me 😦
But all in all, a very entertaining read if you’re not after realism. Van Dyken’s style is very enjoyable and her characters are easy to like and identify to. A good summer read if you’re looking for something short and sweet.