I’ve teamed up with Xpresso Book Tours, and I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire―Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.
Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants . . . until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist . . .
With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need. (provided by Amazon).
This is Shannon Klare’s debut novel, and, in short, she definitely has great potential.
This is a cute read, I’ll admit. There were points that I was definitely swooning, but there also a few things that weren’t entirely my favorite, so let’s talk about it.
The things that I liked the most about this book:
- Adam: I found Adam to be my favorite character in the novel, despite him being played off as the “duchy jock”, especially in the beginning. I feel like he was the saving grace in this story, and he was a very light-hearted character that made me really enjoy this read in the end.
- The Conflict: I feel this conflict – moving to a new school in your final year of high school, breaking up with a lover, are all very real things that happen to teens in high school. To me, for the most part, the portrayal of high school life was pretty spot on (maybe Jennifer Niven should take notes???), so props to Klare for that.
Now for the things that knocked it down a couple of stars for me:
- The Narrator: In the beginning, I found Claire to be a very annoying narrator in the way she described the world around her – how everything just seemed to be half-empty. I get it, she moved and she’s sad about it, but I would rather not hear about it every other sentence. It got better as the book progressed, but it did irk me in the beginning.
- Pacing: I felt the pacing was all over the place at times. One second it was Monday, the next it was two weeks later. This felt like cheating to me. It also felt like the author missed a great opportunity for some really valuable character development.
In the end, I enjoyed this read. While I wouldn’t really describe this as “sexy” as it does in the description, as it seems on the tame side, minus the occasional f-bomb, I enjoyed it in the end. This is definitively one of the books best enjoyed with a mojito in hand by the pool side. Klare is off to a good start in her career.
Thank you Shannon Klare and Expresso Book Tours for providing me with the chance to read this and be a part of this blog tour.
Xpresso Books is helping the author give away one physical copy of Surviving Adam Meade. Entries are open until August 23rd! And you can enter through Rafflecopter here!