by Rick Collins
Jeff is a boy with a broken heart, literally. He has lived past his expiration date and one more medical crisis and that might be the end of him. Rheeta is the new girl in town. Her arrival is mysterious, so late in the school year, but when she and Jeff meet, sparks fly. They fall in love, but Jeff doesn’t have much time. He wants what his parents have, a chance to love, but he feels robbed because of his medical condition.
When Rheeta confides in Jeff just how desperate her life is, he decides he must save Rheeta by kidnapping her. Jeff and Rheeta run away, but a bounty hunter is hired to track them down. Can Jeff give Rheeta the thing she wants the most; her freedom and chance at true love? (Summary via Amazon)
If you have seen the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore, you will want to read Lovely Rheeta by Rick Collins. A Walk to Remember is a love story between two high school kids where Mandy Moore’s character is sick. Lovely Rheeta is similar in that it is a love story between two young people and one of them is sick but it has some gripping differences that will surely keep your attention. In Lovely Rheeta readers are introduced to Jeff, a high school student who has a bad heart and has had multiple operations. He has had so many operations that he has a nickname for his doctor. He has awesome parents who are very loving and over protective, two best friends, Sammy and Lauren, who will do anything for him and we witness just how far they will go later in the book.
Jeff is trying to live his life to the best that he can with his bad heart, however, he wants to experience a love like his parents have. He doesn’t think that that will happen before he dies ….. until Rheeta walks into his math class.
Rheeta is different and the other kids bully her whenever they get the chance. Luckily for Rheeta she has Jeff, Sammy and Lauren to stand up for her. The four become fast friends even though Rheeta is very secretive about her life. Little do the three friends know just how awful Rheeta’s home life is.
Jeff and Rheeta hardly know each other but they know that they love each other and Jeff will do anything to keep her safe…..even if it could kill him…..
Collins will blow you away with this story. You will be on the edge of your seat and unable to stop until you finish reading it. Readers will want to know what happens to Jeff and Rheeta and if they get their version of happily ever after.
Lovely Rheeta is more than a young love story…. more than a story about friendship…. more than the connection between parents and their child….it is so much more !! It is about strength and courage….it is about right and wrong….it is about not judging a book (person) by their cover…..it is about survival and fighting for what you want…..and NEVER giving up !!!
I highly recommend grabbing your copy and getting lost in Jeff and Rheeta’s mesmerizing love story……
Review by Missi M.