Rebecca Washington is a girl in control. Well, at least when it comes to acing her college classes. The rest of the time, she seems to be at the mercy of everyone else. Like when she’s dumped in front of her peers, hit on right afterwards by a jerk for some stupid bet, and then paired up with the same jerk for a lit project.
In order to maintain her perfect GPA, Rebecca will need to give a stellar presentation while ignoring the prodding eyes that will be staring at her. When her partner, Derek, starts to ease her fears of public speaking with his laid back attitude, she’s forced to confront her new feelings about him and his charming smile. Rebecca knows falling for a guy who teases her for being a prudish nerd can only end badly, but what if it’s just another thing out of her control?
So I am seriously loving this story. When the book begins, we meet Rebecca aka Becca being publicly dumped by her boyfriend of 6 months, Sean. Its sad to see Becca go through that but I thought it was a genius way to start the story. It really sets the tone for the rest of the book.
Becca is a very serious, somewhat quirky, 20 year old. She’s still a virgin and has never even had a true first date. Part of why her relationship with Sean fell apart is because she didn’t like Sean touching her, he had bad breath, etc. One thing I really liked about Becca’s character is that, as the story continues, she is figuring out what she likes. As a reader, I kept thinking it was a blessing that she and Sean broke up, but Becca was still sad. Even though many people tell her that Sean is a jerk, I don’t think she actually knew anything different. She seemed to somewhat allow the lines of friend and boyfriend blur a bit.
Becca and Derek meet after her breakup, when he’s basically bet that he can’t get her number. She thinks he’s a jerk (rightly so) and then ends up having to be his partner in a British Literature class.
I loved the dynamic between Becca and Derek. He teases her quite a bit, but I never really felt like he was mean to her. It was just good natured flirting, which Becca does not even remotely pick up on. Another aspect I really loved about Derek was that he was just natural. This book reminded me a lot of my own college days and his character is the quintessential college guy. Funny, boyishly charming, flirty, cute, endearing.
If you love New Adult books, you will love this book. In all honesty, I think the vast majority of readers would enjoy this book. It was written well and the characters are refreshing and fun.