Thursday, August 8, 2013

What Not To Say When Running Away

Rachel John
Christian Romance
Contemporary Romance

"This was supposed to be the year of not screwing things up."

Sara is returning to college and her roommates after a summer she'd rather forget.  But instead of a year of focusing on classes and having fun, Sara is heading toward more drama than she had bargained for.  Because while the boys in the house across the street should be a perfect match to hang out with Sara and her roommates, it seems it is just her luck that among them in Matt Costanello.  Matt is the brother of a man that Sara would rather forget and Sara doesn't want to have anything to do with him - or the feelings she doesn't want to have for him.  Matt is home from his mission and anxious to jump into college life.  It's just his luck that the girl he starts falling for him wants to run from him - all because of his brother.  But Matt can't seem to shake Sara from his mind or his heart.  Can he win her over, or should he just give up and move on?

My Opinion: This novel really pulled you into the drama of college life of roommates, classes, and dating.  With a full compliment of characters, the story creates a realistic LDS college life.  Though it's not preachy, there perhaps may be a bit of Mormon culture that may confuse readers unfamiliar with it.  Overall, it was a fun read, though I think I preferred the side stories of the roommates and their lives and romances over the main characters.  Sara, I felt was never really justified in her actions, and therefore made me frustrated with her.  Jake was very puppy-like, not standing up for himself or being a overly strong or attractive personality.  The storyline was almost painfully slow for me, dragging everything out.  Though, again, it may have been so accurate to college life drama and silliness, that it instilled in me a gratitude that I am no longer in that situation in life, rather than wrapping me up in a wonderful situation of giddy love.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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