Genre: Romantic fiction, New Adult, Campus lit
Rebecca Washington is a girl in control. Well, at least when it comes to acing her college classes. The rest of the time, she seems to be at the mercy of everyone else. Like when she’s dumped in front of her peers, hit on right afterwards by a jerk for some stupid bet, and then paired up with the same jerk for a lit project.
In order to maintain her perfect GPA, Rebecca will need to give a stellar presentation while ignoring the prodding eyes that will be staring at her. When her partner, Derek, starts to ease her fears of public speaking with his laid back attitude, she’s forced to confront her new feelings about him and his charming smile. Rebecca knows falling for a guy who teases her for being a prudish nerd can only end badly, but what if it’s just another thing out of her control?
Fun and surprisingly original campus romance between a self-confident comitmentphobe and an introverted book swot.
When Rebecca is dumped very publically by her boyfriend of six months for being ‘boring’, she is momentarily heartened by the cute boy that chats her up… until it becomes obvious that the arrogant frat boy, Derek, is trying to get her number for a bet. But when she and Derek are paired together for a lit assignment, Rebecca finds her need for control slipping while Derek finds his purposely casual lifestyle being ordered, and they both like it more than anticipated…
Despite the well-worn theme, this novel managed a fresh perspective, with well-paced, witty writing, and strong characterisation. The characters were beautifully flawed and quirky, and the romantic element heart-warming. The ending was a little too unnecessarily dramatic in my view, making it the only unbelievable character action in the book but, overall, this was a delightful campus romp.
*Thank you to the author and New Adult Book Club for my free copy of the book.