Release Date: March 3rd, 2010
Summary (from Goodreads):
Sarah Howard's first year at the university is everything and nothing she expected, especially when a very cute boy named Ben in her Art History class starts to show interest in her.
Sarah feels like she's an average, normal, everyday girl. So, when Ben (to whom she secretly refers as Adonis because she thinks he could be a Greek god) begins to take interest in her, Sarah is in denial. For one thing, last year she was deeply crushed and humiliated by Jesse James, a guy who she thought liked her.
She's determined not to get burned again. But in her heart of hearts, what she really wants is a Jane Austen kind of romance. Ridiculous, right? That kind of romance doesn't exist anymore...or does it? Sarah is smart and fun to be around and even pretty, despite her Medusa-like red curls. She even plays the guitar. (So does Ben!) Yes, Sarah is everything Ben has wanted. He's crazy for her, but Sarah is just not getting it. She's playing hard to get, and if she's not careful, she's going to lose a real hot gentleman -- her 21st-century Mr. Darcy.
Review: My Ridiculous, Romantic Obsessions was cute, fun, and completely charming.
Sarah is smart, sweet, and pretty good at playing the guitar. However, she's also pretty good at playing mind games (unintentionally). After a disasterous experience with a guy, she tends to think that no one is interested in her, when it's quite obvious that they are. So when she meets Ben (sweet, nice, cute Ben), things get a little complicated.
There were so many moments in this book where I was laughing, grinning like a fool, and just enjoying the humor. There were plenty of sweet, laugh out loud, and "Oh, gosh, did she really just say that?!" moments to keep me entertained. Wilhite created a fun, light romance novel for YA readers.
Highlights: I could totally see this plot actually happening, because it just felt real. Especially the awkward, hilarious bits, which I always enjoy (and let's face it, they happen in life).
Lowlights: At times, I found Sarah's constant "He doesn't like like me" attitude a bit annoying, because it was obvious that he did. It got to be a bit frustrating, because I really wanted her to just be honest with herself, and with Ben. I just wanted to shake her! I also felt like some of the other characters (like Chel, Zak) weren't really fleshed out enough, or something, because they just seemed a bit blah.