Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
First off I need to put in my support of the campaign for more nerdy love interests in New Adult. This needs to be a thing, yes?
Kat is a very layered character. On the outside Kat is the pretty girl that you keep around because you like to look at her but really she is much deeper. She knows there is something wrong with her brain and she can’t properly apply herself to school the way she wants to. There have been too many people who brushed her off as being dumb or an airhead that she hasn’t allowed herself to get attached to anyone romantically. In steps Alec who sees her differently and that throws Kat’s life in a tizzy.
I loved watching Kat come into herself. We get to see her go from struggling undecided to being proud of her choice of major. Too often New Adult books are about a female or male finding themselves in terms of a relationship or finding their sexual awakening, but a strong focus of this plot was Kat figuring out what she wants to not only major in but do for the rest of her life. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the sexy times but it was great to see that accompanied by real plot.
I enjoyed the family dynamic for both Kat and Alec. They come from very different families and I enjoyed seeing the interactions. There is also real family drama that isn’t just solved overnight.
I am not usually a big fan of stories that deal with cheating. Too many times, especially in New Adult, the character who got cheated on takes back the person. I understand that this is a realistic thing but it makes the story cheap to me. Erickson did a good job at dealing with this issue and I found myself pleased with how it worked it’s way into the plot. More often than not I find myself lowering the rating because of this issue, so it is refreshing to find a book that dealt with it in a way that didn’t annoy me or cause me to roll my eyes.
Something else that was unique about this book was that it was written in third person. There are very few new adult books that I can think of written in third person and it is refreshing to read something different.
Overall I loved so much about this book. I think this will be my new recommendation to people who want to try out the new adult genre but aren’t 100% sold on it!