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About the Book"This is not how soccer star Zack Martin thought his summer would go. When the captain's prank means trouble for the whole squad, Zack's left with no choice but to take one for the team and cover for him. Now he's trading parties and beach days for community service at a seaside conservation center--fair enough. But thanks to his new reputation, the cute intern, Chip, won't even give him a shot. Still, Zack finds himself falling for Chip between dolphin encounters and shark costume disasters, which means he suddenly has way more on the line than he ever expected. Zack may be good at winning on the field, but can he keep up the lie without losing himself?--Jacket flap.
Book SynopsisA joyful summer romance that Jason June, New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Blue, calls "Swoon-worthy!"
This is not how soccer-star Zack Martin thought his summer would go. When the captain's prank means trouble for the whole squad, Zack's left with no choice but to take one for the team and cover for him.
Now he's trading parties and beach days for community service at a seaside conservation center--fair enough. But thanks to his new reputation, the cute intern, Chip, won't even give him a shot. Still, Zack finds himself falling for Chip between dolphin encounters and shark costume disasters, which means he suddenly has way more on the line than he ever expected.
Zack may be good at winning on the field, but can he keep up the lie without losing himself?
Praise for I Like Me Better "Full of swoon-worthy flirtation, a great cast of characters, and all sorts of aquatic shenanigans, I Like Me Better joyfully reminds us that coming into your own and falling in love don't have to be mutually exclusive." --Jason June, New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Blue "Robby Weber has delivered yet another bright and bubbly, can't-help-but-turn-another-page summertime romp. I Like Me Better is fun, heartening, and had me smiling from ear to ear." --Robbie Couch, New York Times bestselling author of If I See You Again Tomorrow "Weber's characters pop off the page in their sunny Florida setting... Zack and Chip's slow-burn relationship and the easygoing acceptance of their sexuality by their peers are delightful... A sweet story of soccer and summer romance with a lovable protagonist." --Kirkus Reviews "Weber ambitiously blends environmental activism and lighthearted romance in this frothy summer read... Zack's insecurities and yearning to fit in, both at school and in soccer, are skillfully juxtaposed against his budding relationship with Chip." --Publishers Weekly Praise for If You Change Your Mind "A romantic hero's journey with a happy ending that will leave you smiling and swooning. If You Change Your Mind shows readers they have the power to write their own stories, even when their hearts are pulling them in different directions. I loved it!" --Adam Silvera, #1 New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End "Fresh, funny, and full of heart--I adored If You Change Your Mind. The perfect summer romance!" --Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of Take Me Home Tonight "A summer-sweet, dreamy rom-com, If You Change Your Mind is a heartfelt debut readers will instantly fall for. Weber delivers all the classic tropes with charm, wit, and a fresh voice. My heart is still caught in the pages." --Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions "Robby Weber's If You Change Your Mind is everything we love about a summer read. Sundrenched, swoony, and dripping with chemistry and charm." --Jenna Evans Welch, New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato "Effervescent with sun and Hollywood sparkle, Weber's debut rom-com charmingly captures the intricacies of love and the perfect feeling of summer. An utterly delightful read that had us soaking up the pages." --Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of If I'm Being Honest "This debut is a light beach read that scratches an itch for readers craving a gay romance that incorporates classic romance tropes... A cute story populated with appealing characters." --Kirkus Reviews "Genuine and funny debut populated by classic romance tropes and plenty of summertime fun." --Publishers Weekly "Everything from the meet-cute to the makeup kiss is sweet and satisfying." --School Library Journal
Dimensions (Overall): 8.48 Inches (H) x 5.85 Inches (W) x 1.07 Inches (D)
Weight: .84 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13 Years
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Number of Pages: 352
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Author: Robby Weber
Street Date: May 2, 2023
Item Number (DPCI): 247-44-0563
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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ReadwithCassey - 5 months ago
This book had me feeling old and like I was phasing out of this genre. I like YA contemporary novels but this had me turned off for multiple reasons. It was bit of a slow read for multiple reasons. The main character, Zack, was unlikable. Not because he was a jock or being influenced by others, though those had factors, but because it just seemed to be his personality. In some novels that can work, but for most of this I just found him selfish, unthinking, and superficial. There was growth on his part throughout, but I don't think there was enough. It felt like there should have been more depth and conversation about his past, his feelings, and why he was acting the way he was. It needed more reflection. While the story was moving, it felt like nothing was happening either. I will say that I liked Chip very much and I feel like if this book had been from his point of view I would have enjoyed it more. He was cute throughout the whole story and I felt like we actually learned more about his family dynamics than we did Zack. Their relationship was very natural feeling and I enjoyed the times they spent together. Zack being a soccer athlete was also nice to read about. It's not a sport I read or know much about, but I like how it showed how chaotic being an athlete during the summer can be. I'm sure others would enjoy this, but it wasn't for me. It took me so long to get through this and in the end I just wasn't satisfied.
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Raaven H - 6 months ago
Awwww everyone was so cute! The cover was what drew me towards this book and it didn’t disappoint. After he takes the blame for a prank he didn’t do, Zack is forced to do community service over the summer. At first he’s going to go to the library, but then he meets a cute boy on the beach. Chip is an intern at the conservation center and Zack is inspired to change his community service in order to see Chip more. Zack had to grow on me. I’m really glad he was able to grow as a character and learn about his flaws and be a better person. He had some normal struggles as a teenager and him finding his place was amazing to see. He learned so much about himself in a few months time. Chip was so cute. I’ve never seen someone as passionate as him. He was truly like the perfect little activist. The way he was able to reach Zack was sweet. I’m glad the character development was there and the characters you think are mean are just insecure kids. That’s what happens in high school! You start to learn who you really are. I’ll have to read Robby Weber’s other book because this one has my heart.
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lurkykitty - 7 months ago
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