Sunday, October 5, 2014

*REVIEW* After Math (Off The Subject # 1) by Denise Grover Swank

Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 4 Stars

Before i read this, i thought it would be a geeky girl meets hotshot, popular soccer player and they fall madly in love, The end but i was pleasantly surprised that the story goes a lot deeper and that's why it take me long to become hooked with After Math.

So you have Scarlet, the geeky, smart, talented student at university who wants to work for the CIA and spends a lot of time studying rather than as her friend and roommate, Caroline says "living life". Her roommate and friend Tina want her to start going out and meeting guys and have a social life but Scarlet suffers from anxiety so finds it hard being center of attention or being sociable. Her life takes a dramatic turn when she is approached by the soccer star of the university, Tucker Price. He wants her to tutor him in algebra as he needs to get his grades up. Scarlet spirals into a completely different world tutoring Tucker Price. He is a player and very cocky when out with his social circle and that's how everyone knows him. Scarlet is shocked to learn that person is not the real person. Tucker is quite smart, caring and they get on really well but the problem, the both have secrets from the past that they find hard to talk about so it puts a strain on their friendship. It's a very roller coaster relationship between the two but to me, that's what kept me gripped.

Truly wonderful story and great characters. It's was definitely a story that kept me gripped and completely hooked from the beginning. Love it!

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After. 

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker Price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety disorder and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline. 

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity. 

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath? 

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