Review + Dream Movie Cast + Giveaway: The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I'm going to just say it, The Guys Are Props Club is AWESOME! I loved it SO SO MUCH. In line with its release, I have a five-star review, Ingrid's dream movie cast and a giveaway for three ebook copies! You guys, you will definitely want to win this giveaway. So let's do this!

The Guys Are Props Club
Title: The Guys Are Props Club
Author: Ingrid Seymour
Publisher: PenDreams
Date of Publication: June 15, 2013
Genre: contemporary NA romance

On her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.

The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.

What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.

*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much Ingrid for the electronic review copy! As always, this in no way affected my opinions of the novel. So I've been spazzing about this book a lot on Twitter and just at that introduction if you've read that. And I pretty much abused the exclamation mark in my email exchanges with Ingrid. Now, it's time for you to get to know why I am like this with The Guys Are Props Club!

I started reading The Guys Are Props Club one night at midnight because I couldn't sleep that night. I figured I'd sample a chapter or two to know what I'm about to read and review for the next week. Little did I know that it will suck me in until the wee hours before daybreak. A chapter became another chapter and soon I was plowing through this book like I had no apppointments the next day or I mean, that day itself. I finally stopped reading at 3AM for fear I'd go to the doctor looking like trash with a massive headache. But while I was waiting at the hospital and while eating lunch, all I did was read, read, squeal and read again. And squeal again.

(I know, the cover is yet another near kissing cover. But don't judge a book by its cover! Or am I just like this because the guy in the cover kind of resembles Zayn Malik? But anyway, don't let the cover make you not read this because this book isn't all kissing and half-nakedness. It has a wonderful story!)

So what's this book all about? Maddie came to college with her heart broken by her ex-boyfriend. Her roommate Jessica too. Together they bonded over their misery and met a couple more girls in the same situation. Jessica, with the help of Maddie, then established The Guys Are Props Club. At first, all they did was commiserate among themselves. But after a semester of eating ice cream and swearing off cute and handsome guys (because they're players), Jessica initiated doing plays. Members of the GAP Club chose a victim which they'll lead on and ultimately, break his heart like theirs was broken before. Maddie doesn't really like doing plays but she's the co-founder of the GAP Club and she's Jessica's best friend so she did it anyway last semester. With a new semester comes new plays and Maddie doesn't want to take part in it. Come along, lost Sebastian, who stumbles onto the GAP Club conference room instead of the dance room. Oozing with hotness and testosterone, Jessica claims dibs on him as her play. But Sebastian isn't interested in Jessica but on sweet and low-key Maddie. Conflicts arise when Maddie thinks she's starting to like Sebastian.

I don't know about you but I thought the plot to The GAP Club is something unique. Establishing a girl power club? Heck yeah! While I don't like pulling in plays as well, I do get the logic in Jessica's mind when she convinced the whole club to break some player hearts. That was why I agreed to review this. Because the plot really drew me in. Sure, you can probably guess what happens from that blurb but Ingrid Seymour had me completely reeled in to this one. Like I said, I didn't stop reading. I just want to know what's gonna happen next.

I loved Maddie. She's smart, what with her scholarship. She works in the hospital and although she's actually required to do that, she made friends with a ten year-old kid named Hunter. She visited him every chance she got, sneaked in the latest superhero movie for them to watch and was just the best visitor and friend Hunter severely needed at that point in his life. I loved her relationship with Hunter and that's my second favorite thing about this novel. Of course, the first would be Maddie and Sebastian. You can't just help but love Maddie. She's such a sweetheart even though her back story was painful and embarrassing that it can break a girl's esteem. I just like how low-profile and simple she is. She's not proud of pulling that one play before and deeply regrets it.

When you're ready Sebastian, come and get me~ Seriously, Sebastian is such a dream! He was as much delight as Maddie. Hispanic and a theater major and a dancer, SO HOT. But he's so honest and everything he says is heartfelt. He's a gentleman as well but he can hold it with Maddie with the witty remarks and all. He has such a good heart and is just an all-around nice guy. Even though he first visited Hunter to see Maddie, he eventually ended up friends with Hunter as well. And I just love guys who are great with kids. Maddie kept on pushing Sebastian because she's wary that he might break her heart but Sebastian is just as persevering. You know they would have to get over a lot of things and you're with them every step of the way. You just root for these two.

I also applaud the character development in this novel. Both Maddie and Sebastian grew within the span of the novel and you just know they're perfect for each other (even if just for the meantime). I even love Jessica's arc. Even though she wasn't such a best friend to Maddie and even with her scheming, her imminent semi-redemption at the end made up for it.

As for the romance, oh the romance. It was sweet and hot and steamy and in true Oliver Twist fashion, I want to say: "Please, sir (Ingrid), I want some more". Seriously. Just read it, you guys.

Before I forget to mention this, Jessica and Maddie created a rulebook for the GAP Club on how to spot players, how they act, what they look like, their styles, tactics, moves and games and it's quoted a lot of times within the book. And at the end of the book, the playbook is included. It's just so cool, kind of like Barney's playbook in How I Met Your Mother.

So after reading this, I was wondering what rating to give it. I was planning to give it a four but when I thought of reasons why I'm removing a star, I can't think of one. The pacing was great, I was glued to the page, the characters felt real, I was emotionally invested, I squealed at the romance, I can't think of anything worth removing a star for. So yes, The Guys Are Props Club gets five stars from me!

Dream Movie Cast


A young Eduardo Verástegui is just the way I pictured Sebastian when I was writing the book. Piercing green eyes, thick eyebrows, black hair that tickles his forehead. *Sigh* Eduardo is a model and an actor with straight-laced values. Sebastian is a good guy, a chivalrous guy, so in that sense he’s a little like Eduardo as well.


Bella Thorne would make a perfect Maddie. She’s is sweet, the girl next door. But she’s also pretty and sexy. Like Bella, Maddie has a big heart. She loves animals and supports several worthy causes. The beautiful color or her hair is also a plus. It matches Maddie's.


Jessica Norton could be played by Blake Lively. Her role in Gossip Girl is just like Jessica. She uses her good looks to get what she wants, but is not particularly academically smart. Although it is clear she's living way under her potential. (I hated Serena in Gossip Girl and I really don't like Blake Lively so yeah, she's actually the one I pictured as Jessica while reading The GAP Club. Haha! --Dianne)

About Ingrid Seymour

Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Her debut novel “The Guys Are Props Club” is an NA contemporary romance which she immensely enjoyed writing. Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She’s sure that one day she’ll see one of her books made into a movie. She likes to dream big ;)


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2 comments:

  1. The GAP sounds interesting. I would definitely consider joining that kind of club if I'm part of their fictional world. This book sounds great, with the girl power and dancer male protagonist, I can imagine that this one might set off fireworks.

    x,
    Charlie @ Letter Trails

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    1. There are fireworks! And yes, The GAP Club is really interesting. Thanks for dropping by, Charlie! :D

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