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Series: College of Charleston #1
Published by Lyrical Press on May 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: ARC from publisher
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The List. Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty. . .
But thanks to her crazy, over-protective father, Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items. . .
Where it gets complicated? Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.
But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan. . .
Get Heart Broken
Fall in love
This book was great! I liked the realness of it all. I liked how even though Annie had been through some stuff, she didn’t allow it to cloud her brain and she was still able to make sensible decisions, even if she couldn’t handle her emotions at times. That’s normal. And it felt believable.
It was great that Cami was there for her from the beginning. Annie was really lucky to have someone to help introduce her to the world, even if Cami needed someone to keep an eye on her as well. They really did balance out.
It was unfortunate about Chris though. I mean, from the start he seemed like the perfect crush, but things went downhill pretty quickly, and Annie seemed too reluctant to let go. It was painful, and the longer she dragged it out the harder it was to imagine things getting better, but they did. And like I said, of course Annie is going to make some bad decisions. She’s inexperienced, and even someone who wasn’t so extremely sheltered would do the same.
The book didn’t really talk about the college aspect at all, other than the fact that it was an escape for her. But it wasn’t all about the romance either. There was definitely a lot about her home life and family drama. There were definitely some issues being worked through and it affected her college life in a very real way. The book was good about talking about those things and showing how they can be worked through in a positive way, and not necessarily a perfect one either. It wasn’t too depressing, despite the feels. It had more of this kind of message: It will all work out someday, but for now, we should just enjoy what we have and try to get better a little bit at a time. A good message.
It was a quick and somewhat heavy read, but the characters were all great. Ryan was a bit frustrating at times and Annie was good about sharing her thoughts with him, but sometimes I felt like she wasn’t sharing the right ones. All the same, things don’t always work out easily, so it was realistic and I was happy to wait. The ending was worth it.
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