Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Give me a slip and send me to detention.
One word: Pike. The highlight of Meghan Quinn’s Put Me in Detention, the final book of her series of standalones that revolve around her Forest Heights Academy crew, is Pike, her hero. Don’t get me wrong. Cora, the sister of her uptight, cardigan-wearing English teacher Arlo, is necessary for Put Me in Detention to bloom for her readers, but it’s really Pike who makes this book sing. What’s not to love about an English history teacher who rides a motorcycle, is covered in tattoos, and has the softest spot for Cora. Let’s not forget his piercings and bedroom abilities either. Pike and Cora are hot together, once they get past their drunken Vegas wedding and subsequent marriage.
Of course, the story has some predictability. It’s clear that Pike will mess up with Cora…and he does. However, Quinn doesn’t make their reconciliation easy on Pike. In fact, if this wasn’t for the truth that PMID is a romance, you might be worried about their ability to find a happy ending together. The story is a reminder of the need to love yourself first before you love others. Quinn infuses that truth throughout the evolution of Pike and Cora’s relationship, and she brings it to a boil at the right time in her story.
Over and over again, I’m reminded why a Meghan Quinn rom-com/romance is the best entertainment. With a hero such as Pike, a heroine like Cora who challenges him, and a motley crew of friends and siblings who lend color to her story (Keiko is the true star of PMID, btw), you don’t want to miss out on Put Me in Detention. It’s worth the consequence.
In love and romance,