Hockey-obsessed tomboy Eleanor Westley has never been the object of a guy’s affection before. So when the hottest boy she’s ever seen moves in across the street and starts treating her like she’s the center of his universe, naturally she’s going to be a little skeptical. But everything starts to make sense when girls who look just like Ellie start dying all around the city. Obviously the new guy is the killer, and of course he only likes her because he wants to slice her into tiny pieces. Right? The more Ellie gets to know Seth the more she’s convinced he’s a psychopathic killer. Problem is, he’s the sweetest psychopathic killer she’s ever met. Not to mention he’s brutally hot. No matter how hard she tries, she can’t help but fall for him. Will Ellie find true love, or will her summer of firsts turn out to be a summer of lasts?
Serial Hottie is my fourth Kelly Oram’s book. Ever since I read The Avery Shaw Experiment, I’ve been a fan. She’s been one of my go-to YA authors. Her wit never fails to make me chuckle. I love Meg Cabot and they kind of have the same style. I like all the three books of hers that I’ve already read (The Avery Shaw Experiment, V is for Virgin and A is for Abstinence) and this fourth one didn’t disappointment me as well. Her books are so much fun! Kelly Oram is crazy good and so is Serial Hottie.
Eleanor “Ellie” Westley is not your typical kind of girl. While most girls she knows are into boys, fashion, and makeup, she is obsessed with hockey and likes to hang out with her three guys best friend. She’s the type who doesn’t back down from any fight and is surely don’t think twice of using her fist to prove a point. That summer, though, her best buddies were out for a hockey camp where she can’t go to because apparently, it is strictly for boys only. So, she spends her time out practicing street hockey in front of their house so as not to be left out by the three J’s. Yep, her friends’ names are all starting with J. Until someone new moves in from across the street. A new hot guy! Naturally, her pretty sister Angela is interested. But, to Ellie’s surprise, she is interested, too. She then gets into the habit of sneaking a glance every morning while he is working out. What’s more surprising, though, is that the hottie next door is interested in her, too! Very much interested, more like. The thing is, Ellie has no idea how to deal with it as she has never been subjected to a guy’s affection before. Could it be true or just some ploy because Seth has an ulterior motive? But what could be it? When a series of murders surface all around the city, Ellie became suspicious of Seth. Why, all the victims look just like her! She perfectly fit the profile of the serial killer’s victim! And the more she gets to know Seth, the more dubious she becomes of him. First, he loves playing with knives and looks like he is very much skilled in using it. For what, Ellie can only guess. But if it doesn’t make you wary, I’m not sure what will. Plus, he has a crazy temper and does creepy stuff. Now, all she has to do is ignore him and run the other way. Easier said than done when he’s the sweetest guy she’s ever met. Not to mention the hottest guy, too. Should she ignore the warning bells and just get on and be with Seth? Could he really be the killer?
One thing I like about this book are the characters. From Ellie, because I can somehow relate to her boyish attitude. To Seth, though I have a bit problem with his behavior, he still managed to win my heart over. The three J’s because I find them really funny. Even the sister, Angela, is quite okay and I like their relationship as siblings. It is somewhat relatable, in my opinion. The plot is also good and the mystery added to the appeal of the story. But it is really the writing that sold me in. Kelly Oram had this way of creating characters that you’ll love. So far, Avery from The Avery Shaw Experiment is my favorite. Her writing style may not be unique but she sure knows how to make people laugh with her wit. I will always be excited to read her works.
My problem with this book, though, is that Seth was too much of a control freak. So intense and strange at times bordering on creepy. He sounds like he really needs some chill pill. I would love to give it a higher rating but Seth’s issues bother me even though it was explained why he behaved that way. I just wished Seth’s attitude was toned down a bit. But, aside from that, Serial Hottie is a charming, light read and funny book. It’s one of those books that I will not mind reading again. I’d recommend it to someone who likes contemporary romance young-adult kind. I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it.
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