Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads’ Book Description:Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.
But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.
Until he does.
Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.
Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.
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Natasha’s Experience:Word of advice to anyone going into this book: don’t start at 12:30 a.m. if you plan on sleeping after a “couple of chapters”. It’s not going to happen so choose wisely before starting this one because it’s highly addictive and an overall no-sleep-guaranteed read.
Lizzie Brandt… I love Lizzie Brandt. Full-on girl crush for Lizzie Brandt. She’s a beautifully flawed college student who doesn’t really care about her actions and does what she wants. I loved her all of the time, but couldn't help not liking her some of the time. She’s ballsy, confident and brilliant (whilst lacking a bit of motivation), but she doesn’t really have her life put together. Then again, she’s in college so I definitely can relate. No 18-year-old is going to be on the perfect path and she’s only trying to deal with it the best she can. Throw in a terrible accident that takes her parents and Lizzie is drowning in a room full of air. She's got two younger brothers, Tyler & Max, to take care of when she still can't really pull it together enough to take care of herself. I really empathized with her; I would lose my mind if I was in her shoes.
“Life doesn’t give a shit about perfect timing, or perfect circumstances. It just happens.”
Connor Lawson comes into Lizzie’s life at the worst (perfect?) time. He’s a bit of a nerd with zero fashion sense (thank god for Lizzie!) but he’s got a heart of gold. He also happens to be unknowingly gorgeous and sooo swoon-worthy. (He's also fluent in French...I'm not alive anymore)
“I’ve lived through enough to recognize that when something pretty damn good is coming your way, no matter how inconvenient, you should just fucking embrace it while you can.”
I won’t give away any of the crazy, anxiety-inducing story lines because you’ve got to experience them for yourself. This book was filled with important themes on family, unconventional love and what it feels like to be thrust into the real (and absolutely terrifying) adult world.
I’m patiently waiting to see what comes next in the Radleigh University series. Cait and Frankie, Lizzie’s BFFs, are my other two girl crushes in this book. I fell in love with their personalities from Lizzie’s POV so I can’t wait to hear them share their own life stories. ♥
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