Title: Push and Shove
Author: C.L. Stone
First published May 31, 2014
481 pages, ebook
Sang Sorenson is once again at the mercy of her family’s cruel punishments. But this time, the Academy boys aren’t going to let her suffer alone.
They’ll do whatever it takes to keep Sang safe, even if it means invading her personal life. Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel, and North are determined to show Sang what it truly means to be part of a family.
As Sang experiences a newfound sense of freedom and belonging, she learns more about the boys’ pasts and the secrets they’ve been hiding. But when Sang’s own family secrets are revealed, it changes everything.
The Academy was supposed to be the solution to their problems, but is it enough to heal the wounds of the past? In Allegiance, Sang and the boys will be forced to make difficult choices that will change their lives forever.
About the Author
Stone has a few favorite things in life, including indulging in delicious chocolate bars and going on adventures to uncover hidden treasures. Her books are filled with romance, passion, and a touch of darkness, making them perfect for readers who crave thrilling stories.
And when she’s not writing, you can find her whipping up a batch of chocolate chip pancakes – her ultimate comfort food. But be warned, if you’re not a fan of falling for fictional characters, these books might not be for you.
Push and Shove by C.L. Stone is a young adult romance novel that was first published on May 31, 2014. Stone is an American author who has written over 20 books, including several popular series such as The Academy, Scarab Beetle, and Ghost Bird.
Push and Shove is part of the Ghost Bird series, which follows the story of Sang Sorenson, a young girl who comes from a traumatic past and finds comfort and companionship in a group of boys who are part of a secret academy. The novel takes place in a fictional town called Charleston, where Sang has just started attending a new school, the Ashley Waters High School, after a traumatic incident in her previous school.
There she meets nine guys, who are all part of the secret academy, and who all seem to be interested in her. As Sang gets to know each of the boys, she learns about their unique personalities and struggles, and starts to develop feelings for them.
Meanwhile, her past starts to catch up with her, and she has to navigate the dangers of her abusive mother while trying to maintain her relationships with the boys. One of the strengths of Push and Shove is its well-rounded characters.
Each of the boys in the academy has a distinct personality and backstory, which helps to make them more relatable and interesting. Sang is also a well-developed character, with a compelling backstory and a relatable struggle to overcome her traumatic past.
The novel also has a fast-paced and engaging plot that keeps the reader invested in the story. However, Push and Shove is not without its flaws.
One of the main criticisms of the book is its unrealistic portrayal of relationships. While the idea of Sang dating nine guys at once may seem appealing to some readers, it is not a realistic representation of healthy relationships, and could potentially set unrealistic expectations for young readers.
Additionally, the writing style can be at times overly simplistic, with a reliance on cliches and predictable plot devices. Despite these flaws, Push and Shove is a well-crafted and engaging young adult romance novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy stories of romance, drama, and suspense.
The novel also touches on themes of trauma, abuse, and personal growth, making it a good choice for readers who are looking for more depth in their reading material. Overall, I would recommend Push and Shove to young adult readers who enjoy romance novels and are looking for an escape from reality.
I would give the novel a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars.