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Pepped Up

Pepper Jones Book 1
By: Ali Dean
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Series: Pepper Jones, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Qualifying for Nationals. It’s all I can think about, and I’m willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. I can handle long miles and hill sprints in cross country, but guys? That’s an entirely different challenge. 

I’ve kept my feelings hidden from the boy next door all this time. My longtime friend Jace Wilder doesn’t see me that way. He has the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town - and he has. Our friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and I’m fine with that, or so I keep telling myself. 

That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town and bridges the gap. Apparently, I’ve caught his eye, and suddenly Jace starts seeing me in a different light. Everything changes, for all of us. 

On the trails, my goals are clear. Train, run, breathe, run, win. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple. This battle can’t be won by crossing a finish line; this war is in my heart. 

©2013 Ali Dean Fiction, Inc. (P)2015 Ali Dean Fiction, Inc.

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Enjoyed it

Pepped Up is  the first book in the Pepper Jones series was my first Ali Dean novel , and was my first  Ali Dean novel. This YA sports romance held my interest and I loved that the featured sport was running and that a female was one of the lead characters involved in the sport. I really liked Pepper and the dedication she put into training. I loved Ryan and how down to earth he was. Jace however was a bit of a disappointment for me. The author did a fantastic job with character development and portraying the emotions of these teens. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to all lovers of YA romances. 

I listened to the audible version of this novel which was narrated by Stacey Glemboski. She did a great job with this story and really brought the characters to life. She was easy to listen to with great pace and timing. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.  
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this book was amazing , I really felt all the highs and lows as if I was in the book along side the characters, cheering Pepper on with her running and with Jace , thankfully this book is mostly highs and I'm so glad I took a chance to listen to it as it really really hooked me in and did not let go ! cant wait to listen to the rest of the books in the series

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Book 1

I really enjoyed this book. Usually as I am listening to a book I pick what I want to happen and who I want to get together but in this book I couldn’t decide what I wanted. I loved all the characters and the narration was great. I recommend listening to this book.

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Cute story

Stacey Glemboski performed the narration wonderfully!

Pepper Jones is a cross country runner with a crush on her childhood best friend, Jace Wilder; add in the new guy and star runner, Ryan Harding, and you’ve got yourself a confused and conflicted Pepper. The story is cute and Pepper’s feelings are definitely relatable to anyone who was once a high school girl crushing on more than one guy.

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A Touching Story 💕

"Pepped Up: Pepper Jones, Book 1," was a very touching young adult story written by Ali Dean. I have read a couple other books of hers and I enjoyed them immensely, and this one followed right in suit with them.

The subjects that were touched on in this book I believe there was a lesson learned for any age. Drugs, getting involved in the wrong relationships, jealousy of one another, those are things that at any age one comes across and has to deal with. It's not focused only on young adults. I thought the way Ms. Dean addressed many of the issues were right on the mark.

I really appreciate that Ms. Dean didn't have any over the top sexual content in this storyline, appreciating the age group that could possibly be listening to this book. The narrator Stacey Glemboski has narrated other books written by Ms. Dean, and has done an incredible job at it, just like she has done here for this book.

There are other books that are part of this series and I look forward to listening to them.
I do recommend this book to others.

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First I will say I loved Bunny, she is a hoot, not your typical grandmother. My heart goes out to Pepper, I admire her even with all the turmoil in her life she holds it together where it counts. I found it a shame however that she can’t make the right decision in the two boys that are vying for her attention, Ryan steady, stable, Jace troubled, not reliable.
Will move on maybe, it’s not to late!
Stacey, did a wonderful job with all the characters in this audible book.

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A High School Love Triangle

Pepped Up is a great first book in the Pepper Jones series. I love Pepper and Ryan. Jace seems like trouble to me so I am definitely Team Ryan but it is a series so anything can happen in the other books. I'm sure by the end of the series, I'll love Jace, too. This book is engaging and interesting and one I would definitely recommend to others. I think Stacey Glemboski did a wonderful job bringing this story to life, and I look forward to listening to more books of hers.

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Pepper

This is a typical high school crush on her best friend, and he wants to be like a big brother. Until he realized maybe he’s got deeper feelings. Pepper is excited about her Junior year and she’s training to go all the way to Nationals with cross country. A few things happen in her season, and some unexpected things as well. This is a good series starter, and it took me awhile to really get into this story. But you’ll fall love with these characters by the end of this book. The narrative by Stacey was outstanding!
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Amazing Start!!

I absolutely loved everything about this book. The characters, the angst, the writing, absolutely EVERYTHING. The author has started us off with a fraat first book in this YA/NA romance and I can't wait to see where she takes Pepper next!

The narration is absolutely phenomenal. I've heard this narrator a few times now and she is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Whoa! Holy rollercoaster batman.

Pepper Jones is on the cross country team and the one thing she has her mind set on this year is qualifying for nationals and she won't let anything stand in her way.

Jace Wilder is the typical boy next door, he is gorgeous and popular, him and Pepper have a "secret" friendship. They have been best friends practically all their lives. Things changed when they got to high school, as it always does.

There is a new kid in school and he is a legend in the cross country world. Him and Pepper instantly hit it off and things start heating up, but then things start to fall apart before they ever truly start. Jace starts acting different and Pepper doesn't know what to think anymore.

Pepper struck a chord with me, I was torn as much as she was between the two guys, who to choose? Which is the better choice? Who is sincere?

I was engulfed in this book! I couldn't walk away from it. I loved it! The emotions, the feelings, the drama was unexpectedly good for them to only be in high school. I was amazed at how many real life, true problems the characters had.

And can we talk about Bunny, or Gran as Pepper calls her, I couldn't get enough of her! She was seriously the best!! I loved her wit and charm and spunk. She made these books so much more. I mean a grandma who goes to smoke dope with her friends? I mean come on who doesn't want her as their Granny?!

The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the book to life. Her voice was easy to listen to and easy to follow.

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 21-05-19

Gran is my Spirit Animal

First, I think Gran is a little underrated in this story. She is awesome! I loved her and her since of parenting and it reminded me a bit of my own upbringing; the theory of you might as well try at home in a safe space rather than somewhere you may not have help. That being said, I’m not a fan of overt drug use in novels, but I understood how it was necessary to add to this story.

I loved this book and listened to it in pretty much one sitting. I agree with other reviewers that it does seem to end a bit abruptly, but I expect it is to lead you to the next book. The high school novel and interplay that has very little to do with class time was refreshing. I truly look forward to reading the rest of this series and finding out where this relationship goes. I had the sense through the entire novel that there is something that Jase knows about his and Pepper’s childhood that he is not letting on yet. I’m eager to see if my hunch is correct.

The narrator did a great job with different voices and attitudes for the different characters and ‘settings.’ I enjoyed listening and couldn’t stop but certainly didn’t want it to be over.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • kimmi
  • 06-12-18

Loved it!

I love this series. This is the first series I read from this author and I can’t wait to read whatever she comes out with next.

Pepper Jones is a runner in high school who is happy with her life of running and hanging with her best friend Jace. She has her running goals and her routine. She has been friends with Jace since they were young, but her feeling for him has moved from platonic to attraction. Jace however, keeps his friendship with Pepper and his life of girls and parting separate . Pepper is resigned that Jace just sees her like a sister. Things start changing with them, Pepper wants more, but Jace is getting more secretive and she is starting to think she doesn’t know Jace at all. As Pepper starts pulling away and trying to movie on from her feelings for Jace, he starts spiraling out of his usual tight control. Pepper is torn between wanting to be there for Jace and not wanting to get sucked in and get her heart broken.

This book was a great read. The story flowed and the character development was great. I have read this series a few times and listened to the audio book. The audiobook was great! The actress reading was great and truly displayed the emotion of the characters.

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  • jjoneeight
  • 14-01-16

The choice is hers...

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. I have to start by saying I can't wait to listen to book 2 in this series. This book was all too easy to listen to! The narrator kept my attention the whole time, and the book is written with excellently animated characters. Pepper has it all going for her, but can she decide which guy to let in to her nearly perfect life? This book is worth the credit to find out!!

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  • Karl hill
  • 21-05-19

All Pepped Up!

Pepped Up was a fantastic start to a series by Ali Dean. Pepper Jones is such a relatable character. I appreciate her love of running and admire how she overcomes many obstacles. She has to choose between her best friend from childhood Jace and another guy Ryan. I love the relationships she has with these two guys as well as her grandma, coach, and friends. I really did not know who she was going to end up with until the very end of the book, and I personally cannot make up my mind which guy I really wanted her with.

The story had a nice balance of school life and personal life. The plot did not drag and kept me engaged. I planned on sitting down to listen to 30-60 minutes and listened to it in one sitting. I found the ending slightly abrupt, but I am wondering if it is because it will lead right into the second book. I enjoyed the cross country knowledge that is shared as well. Many people think cross country runners just run, but there is so much more to training than just running. I found this book to be a very realistic story.

Stacey Glemboski does a lovely job with the narration, is easy to listen to, and has nice, varying voices.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Angela
  • 17-05-19

Can't wait for the next book!

What a great start to the series - I can't wait for the next book. The story gave a good glimpse into the mind of an athlete and the narrator did a great job with the characters. I loved the way the relationships progressed and all the different players in the story made you feel like you were there and part of their lives.

I was given this free review copy at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Catrina P
  • 08-05-19

Pepped Up

A great story! Elite high school athlete, Pepper Jones is not only preparing for her cross country running season, but she’s also dealing with changing feelings for her lifelong best friend. Add in a new boy (also an elite athlete), and things get confusing.

Ali Dean has written what I imagine is a very realistic story. I was drawn to the characters and genuinely interested in what was happening. I look forward to seeing where this series goes.

Not my first Stacey Glemboski listen, and I know it won’t be my last. Well done!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 07-05-19

Pepper Jones gives me life!

As always, I have to let you guys know that I received this book for free in exchange for a review. But as always, this does not affect my opinion of the book, so I always give honest feedback.

Such a great and interesting book. I loved it.

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  • Itsgoindown_06
  • 17-12-18

Pepped Up

This is the first book that I have read or listened to by Ali Dean, and I was not disappointed. This book is about a high school cross country star that is navigating her feelings between her lifelong best friend and a new kid that is the defending national cross country winner. It shows some of the challenges that teenagers are facing in today's world while maintaining the great story line of a young adult romance book! I enjoyed this immensely and can't wait to finish the series!

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  • Hanna La
  • 09-12-18

love+friendship+running+great characters=awsome

This audiobook was provided to me by the author at no cost, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Pepper Jones is a high school student and ambitious runner, who enjoys her live with her Grandma, spending time with her friends from the running team and hanging out with her best friend since childhood-Jace (who is also the high schools star quarterback).
Pepper has had a crush on Jace for a long time, but since he sees her like a little sister, she tries to keep it secret from him, to obtain their friendship.
She is even ok with his womanizing (ok kind of), but is really hurt, when she realizes, that Jace has this whole other live with a lot of partying, alcohol etc. which he actively tries to keep her away from. She feels like she doesn`t know her best friend at all anymore and starts to withdraw from their friendship and starts to spend more time with her girlfriends and the new guy on the running team, Rian, who helps her realize a couple of things (both about her running and her relationship to Jace).
As a reaction to Peppers withdrawal, Jace Partying begins to get out of control, helping both Pepper and him to realize, just how much he needs her to be part of his live. In what capacity? –Well you will just have to read / listen to the book yourself ;-).
What I like best about the story is, the change of dynamics between Pepper and Jace, but also that she doesn`t sacrifice her life for him, but stays true to herself. And also the complexity and development of the characters. IN addition I loved the running scenes, which are often used for an internal monologue, to let the reader know what exactly Pepper is thinking.

I have read a few books by Ali Dean by now and I enjoy her writing style immensely, I find it to flow easily and when it sometimes get a bit explicit, I feel like it is to help develop a character (the bad boy swearing a little more than the girl next door, etc.).

Coming to the other important part of an AUDIObook, the voice.
At the beginning I couldn`t stand the voice, she sounded just wrong to me, not at all how I would have expected Pepper to sound (after reading the series about 5 times I was rather set on how she was supposed to sound). And I found it difficult to distinguish the male voices in the beginning.
But after a while I got used to it and by chapter three I had no issues at all with recognizing the characters by voice. (I am still not that happy with Bunnys voice but that’s just my personal opinion).
What did hinder the listening experience for me was the naming of the chapters, but again not that big of a problem.

So summing it Up, I loved the story, the voice was good but not excellent and I will totally recommend the Audiobook /Book to some friends.

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  • Cynthia
  • 04-12-18

love Tijan!!

It was great, she portrayed the characters how I imagined them. The only thing I would have changed was some of the excitement levels at the different points where Pepper won the races or when some exciting parts happened. It really helped to have the audible of the book, helped me picture the scenes that I only thought of. It felt like I was there.

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