May 14, 2013

Review: After Math (Off The Subject #1) by Denise Grover Swank

After Math (Off the Subject, #1)After Math by Denise Grover Swank
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Published March 12th 2013
by Createspace

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety 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?

          My Review:

     This story was so good. It's not a fairy tale story and it's not one of those stories that the character drag their emotions on. No this story is about two young individuals who end up working together through tutoring and fall in love. These two people both come from damaged backgrounds. And that's what makes them different from others in school and perfect for each other. Two lost broken souls finding themselves by finding each other. Yes maybe it does sound like a fairy tale but it CAN happen.

     I have to say I didn't connect with Scarlett right away. But that's because I am not a Math genius like her. She turns to Math for comfort. Math is her comfort zone. Math is easy, follow the rules and you'll never get lost. If only life could have worked that way for her. But since life didn't follow rules, she made up her own. She kept to herself and never let anyone in. In her eyes, if she didn't let anyone in, then no one can hurt her. Seems like a good idea, but then enters Tucker! Tucker is your typical college star who gets all the girls. Everyone caters to his needs and nothings a challenge. That is until Scarlett.

     I was very pleased with the pace of the book. Even the development of the characters to me was well written and well paced. There are just some people you can connect with almost immediately and then their are others that takes a bit of time before you do. With these two people, their connection was deep and I felt sympathetic for both of them. I understood their pasts which helped me understand them today. Nothing came easy for them (Emotionally Speaking). In order to be together they must learn to let go of the past and let each other in.

     The next book "Redesigned" and it's about her best friend Caroline. Now Caroline fell a bit heavy on me. But only because she was really hard on Scarlett. I don't like friends who pushy, however she did have Scarlett's best interest at heart. So I can't wait to read her story. I know there's a reason for her distrust and I can't wait to dig into her story which is called "Redesigned". As for Scarlett and Tucker, I'd really love to read another installment of theirs but even if their isn't, their story is beautiful and complete. I love this book! It was simply amazing! I give After Math a HUGE 5 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading!!

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