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While there's a variety of fun characters and different relationships explored, I don't think I'm giving anything away telling you the main love story takes place between Connor and Peyton. As sister and best friend to Josh, the two have known each other practically all their lives, never really thinking of the other as potential date material. But as the Senior Assassin tournament gets underway--which by the way, I so wish I had at my school--events conspire to have them both seeing each other in a completely new light.
Matches between characters like this--best friends or practically family members suddenly falling in love--isn't exactly new, and I always go into a romantic comedy expecting a certain pattern of events . . . but I have to say that Niki surprised me. Characters behaved in unexpected ways, revealing hidden motivations and new personality quirks, and issues were explored on a deeper level than many rom coms I've read in the past, while still maintaining the lighthearted feel characteristic of the genre.
Fast paced, dual character first person POV storytelling had me flipping the pages and reading this in a few short hours. Both of the main characters were extremely likable and relatable. Peyton was a strong, smart protagonist with high aspirations and a bright future. While she may struggle with insecurity like so many teen--and adult--girls, she was definitely her own person. And Connor was scrumptious. The book opened in his POV, and at first, I admit I was a little nervous that he'd end up being a stereotypical, one-dimensional `good guy' type. But I shouldn't have doubted Ms. Burnham. The boy was downright sexy at times, swoony sweet in others, and had just the right amount of dreamy hero magic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read, and love that it is innocent enough to share with the younger range of the YA audience, while providing the fun, sigh-worthy moments older rom com fans want and expect. This was the RITA-award winning author's first indie title, and I can only hope there's more to come.
My favorite thing about this book is that the main characters, Peyton and Connor, are so smart and driven. I love that Peyton is smart in the have-to-work-hard-for-it way. She's dedicated to her dream of being accepted to MIT, of becoming an engineer, and potentially working for NASA (hello, that was so me!). This aspect made Burnham's characters so... refreshing.
Reading this, I couldn't help but feel nostalgic for high school, and wish that our school played Senior Assassin! The storyline was somewhat predictable, but that didn't faze me at all. Shot Through the Heart is a sweet romantic comedy that will tug at your heart!
So I went right out and bought it and dived right in. We are introduced to Connor and his best friend Josh. Josh has a sister named Peyton. She is a year younger and Connor has always known her. Josh and Connor are participating in Senior Assassin and the prize money is 2,000 dollars. Split between the two of them, Connor is really looking forward to that 1,000 dollars.
Of course, another girl is interested in Connor and he doesn't want to hurt her feelings so Josh suggests he use Peyton as an excuse but Connor doesn't want to do that. Yes, he is kind of a jock but he's actually really smart too. He's got it all, good looks, funny personality, and a brain.
Connor starts to actually like Peyton and that is where the fun begins. Josh putting that idea in his head, he starts to look at Peyton in a new different light.
As Senior Assassin is taking place, Connor finds himself wondering more and more about Peyton and if he could really be with her.
I'll stop there. Shot Through The Heart was a good light funny romantic novel. There wasn't a whole lot of depth to it. Yes, we find out how smart some of the characters really are, but there isn't a whole lot of reasoning behind some of their actions. This novel is met to just be pure fun with a few lessons thrown in. I thought I would love it a little more, I thought it would be a 5 cupcake novel, but it fell a little short for me. It was still a good novel, just not as great as I had hyped up in my mind.
Overall: Is it worth a read? Yes. And, if you like the Simon Pulse romantic comedies, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you like fun reads, you'll probably like this one. I'm probably a little biased here, because back when it went on sale at Barnes And Noble, I saw a different summary for it so I was thinking the story was going to be a little different and go a different way. Did I still enjoy it? Yes!
Cover: Honestly, I don't really like it. He's clothes don't really suggest teenager, they aren't really stylish.
What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes
Taken From Princess Bookie
The story involves high school seniors and juniors at Eastwood High. Told from several points of view, we get a sneak peek into the lives of these characters; their feelings, goals and fears. The main plot of the story is this year's game of Senior Assassin. It's an annual event with one team winning two thousand dollars. Senior and sports jock Conner, want to win in the worst way. He is a thousand dollars shy of buying his own wheels. He and his best friend Josh have been planning how to execute this for years. Their plan is put in jeopardy when Molly, a girl who is crushing on Conner gets involved. She's a nice girl and Conner doesn't want to hurt her feelings. He tries to think of ways to let her down easy, and Josh suggests that Conner pretend he is dating his younger sister, Peyton. While the story is predictable, the tale that unfolds is sweet. The unexpected romance that develops between Conner and Peyton feels genuine and their teenage emotions plucked at my heart strings.
Filled with sweet gooey-goodness, Shot Through the Heart, also delivers some great messages. Burnham touches on such lessons as, reaching for your goals, being true to yourself and integrity. The characters are all lovable and the story line is fast paced. The chapters are broken up by character and I liked getting to know them, and laughed a loud at some of their antics.