After Math by Denise Grover Swank.

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First book in the Off the Subject series.

250 pages

Published March 12th 2013 by Createspace

Scarlett is an introverted math major with social anxiety issues. She is in her third year at Southern University and has her heart set on working for the CIA. She works at the math tutoring lab a couple of days a week, and is asked to privately tutor Tucker Price – the golden soccer guy. She knew of Tucker before she was semi-forced into tutoring him, everyone did, but she only knew of the bad boy, ladykiller, sports god persona he puts on display. Right from the first time they meet, Scarlett treats Tucker like any other person – something that he is not used to but can’t get enough of.

Scarlett continues to tutor Tucker, while they slowly start to trust each other more and reveal more about themselves – both have troubled pasts that haunt them and shape who they are. But as close as they get, Scarlett can’t quite believe that anything romantic will ever come of it – she thinks she’s too broken to ever be loved.

 

Scarlett is such a serious, shy, anxious kind of chick. She thinks through everything, and constantly explains how she’s feeling and why she’s feeling that way. I know she’s a left brainer, but reading from her point of view felt a little dry or bland sometimes. I think that if this was the first Denise Grover Swank book that I had read, I may not have gone on to read more. But since I’ve read Twenty-eight and a Half Wishes, I know that not all of her books are like that. I guess it’s a good thing that she stayed so true to Scarlett’s personality.

The romance is very slow building. Tucker and Scarlett have a lot of personal issues that they need to work through first. But even when the romantic side of things kick off, it’s a little underwhelming and rushed. After they got together, there were moments when I was like, ‘huh?’ I just didn’t get the strange way that the pair were acting. But once again, they are both new at relationships, so there you go.

All in all, it was a pretty good read. It’s certainly not one of the best new adult novels out there, but I am interested enough to read the next book, which is from Scarlett’s roommate/best friend Caroline’s point of view.

My rating: 3/5

Goodreads rating: 3.83/5

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