Payton Carter is one of six kids (all of which are named after famous football players), not to mention the only girl in the Carter household. With this much testosterone and no mother, it’s no wonder she’s absolutely clueless when it comes to makeup, dances, and talking to guys she’s crushing on. And now she’s about ready to start her freshman year of high school, which is nerve wrenching enough, but when she ends up running into her crush, Chance Montgomery, at her dad’s sports restaurant, she finds out that the quarterback for their rival team is moving to Aller Falls. This is nothing short of fate.
Payton realizes she has to find a way to impress Chance and get him to ask her out or at least know she’s interested in him—preferably without dropping a plateful of fries on his head, like she did last time. After taking her two oldest brothers’ advice, she decides to go out for the freshman football team, figuring that between practices and games she and her crush will surely be able to talk. And maybe talking will lead to something more permanent or at least to a first kiss. Only this plan backfires in ways she never imagined, when she beats Chance Montgomery out of the starting quarterback position. Now not only does she make him the laughing stock of the team, but also has to figure out how to avoid the snotty cheerleaders, a traitor best friend, not to mention winning games for her team. Too bad this is just the beginning of her freshman year.
French Fries With A Side of Guys begins when Payton is talked into trying out for the football team. The problem is that she ends up getting the spot and beating her crush. And now he won't even talk to her anymore. Add into the fact that she still likes him, her best friend is treating her like crap, and she's getting crap from some people because she's playing football. Things get better and worse for Payton as she continues to play very good, and more and more people are paying attention to her. She's getting better friends, but also more guys interested in her and she's not so sure about them. And of course, their are her crazy brothers that have a lot of trouble in them as well. This book was really good, and it wasn't just some teenage romance novel either. It was about a young girl who deals with being the only female in the family, and the only female on a football team. She must also deal with backstabbing girlfriends, guys trying to get her attention, and people wanting her to fail, but she doesn't give up. I really liked the main characters in this book a lot, the only thing I didn't like was Payton's continued obsession with Chance. I would have given up on him because he was a class a jerk, but she still kept liking him and that was annoying. But, other than that this story was interesting, sweet, funny, and very entertaining! I thought this book was really good.