7 Clues to Winning You
By Kristin Walker
When a humiliating picture of Blythe goes viral, she’s instantly the target of ridicule at her new school. To salvage her reputation, Blythe teams up with Luke to win the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt. But Luke is an unlikely ally and potentially can’t be trusted.
Perhaps it’s his Shakespearean witticisms that reel Blythe in despite her better judgment . . . or maybe she just craves the thrill of the game. But as the hunt progresses, their relationship heats up. Soon their madcap mischief spirals out of control. Blythe is faced with arrest and expulsion, among other catastrophes – until Luke shows her what the Scramble (and love) is really about.
This Blonde’s Review:
Blythe’s life is going perfectly. She has the right friends, is on the path to attend the college of her choice. Until her life is thrown into a tailspin. Her parents have announced that she’s moving. To make matters worse, her father is the principal of her new school and she’s already been humiliated there when an embarrassing picture when viral the year before. When she doesn’t have much choice, she can only hope that everyone will have forgotten the old picture and not look at her as the principal’s kid. Until it becomes clear that no one has forgotten the picture. With a rocky start and a desire for revenge, Blythe manages to get a senior tradition banned. The Senior Scramble has gone on for generations and getting it banned won’t make her any friends. In a change of heart she’ll team up with the guy who brought her embarrassment into the limelight to bring the Senior Scramble back.
Blythe may seem like he could be hard to like after living a seemingly perfect life, but her dedication to charity work makes it easy to love her. Especially with the wonderful characters we meet at the retirement home she volunteers in. Luke is a guy we want to hate at first. He jumps to conclusions about Blythe based on nothing more than where she goes to school. He posted the picture that caused her so much embarrassment, then revived the picture at the worst moment. Yet the more Blythe gets to know him, the more we start to like him.
Watching Blythe find her place in her new school was great. Her new friends aren’t the types she thought she’d end up with, but they are the kind we can’t help but love. Tattoos, piercings, and tons of PDA don’t seem like a big deal compared to people who accept you for who you are and will stand up for you. She’ll learn that the people you thought you could count on could betray you. She’ll learn that sometimes she’ll do the wrong thing and even if it turns out right, it doesn’t mean it was okay. Blythe will also have to learn that not everything in her family is what it seems either. There is baggage she isn’t aware of and will have to learn to appreciate.
I really enjoyed 7 Clues to Winning You. Blythe’s plans for the future have always been the most important thing to her and I loved watching her learn to live and enjoy her life. She learns some great lessons and we can’t help but cheer her on as she goes down a road to potentially make her goals unattainable.
If you want to read the story of a girl who goes from the top of the totem pole to the bottom and learns to be happy with it, you’ll love Blythe’s story.