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Top Customer Reviews
So, what did stand out?
- It was very well written. The author displayed a great talent for building a credible story slowly but steadily to a satisfying conclusion. (Note that the intimate scenes are limited to the second half of the book and aren't exactly going to steam up your e-reader.)
- The heroine was a maths major. Yay! Finally an intelligent girl who isn't studying some form of art, design or history...
- The heroine wasn't 'drop-dead-gorgeous but completely unaware of it' (as so many of them are crafted); instead, she's just a fairly average girl who wins the hero's affection in other ways.
- The writer was technically proficient (spelling, grammar etc) - always a major bonus in the e-book arena.
Look forward to reading future works from this author.
After Math is one of those books that surprises you at ever turn. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did and it's a testament to the talent of Denise Grover Swank. I don't think there is a genre she can't write.
After Math is a new adult romance that does not have over the top angst, which I loved. I not much of an angsty girl. Instead it was a very relatable story of two seeming opposite people who finally find love and acceptance they never though possible.
Tucker and Scarlett are two very broken people. They each hide who they really are to the world for fear of rejection and pain. While Tucker plays at being the fun party guy who is the king of campus, Scarlett is content with putting her nose in a book and hiding from the world.
Tucker enters Scarlett worlds needing her help to pass a class. Scarlett believes she has Tucker pegged until she starts to unravel the strings of his life and sees the real the Tucker. A boy who only wants someone who loves him for who he is not and what he can do for them. In getting closer to Tucker, Scarlet finally lets someone in, but is she only headed for heartbreak.
Tucker trust no one because everyone he loves has left him and those who are around him, use him for what he can do for them. Scarlett is the first person who doesn't put up with his BS and challenges him at every turn. Tucker is powerless from falling in love with Scarlett, but will Tucker stop punishing himself to let Scarlett love him back or will he walk away like he always does.
Loved getting to know both of these characters and seeing their journey from pain and heartbreak to love and healing. My only quibble is I felt like the ending was a little to quick but overall and insightful and enjoyable read.
The book is told from the point of view of Scarlett Goodwin who is a math major at a small Tennessee university. The most significant thing about Scarlett's character is her social anxiety which forces her to freeze up in situations where attention shifts to her. As someone who still struggles with this issue, I really applaud Denise Grover Swank for utilizing it pretty well. I also loved the fact that Scarlett really loved math and had a set goal in mind for her future that was pretty cool-sounding.
The hero of After Math is Tucker Price, star player for the university's soccer team, who hides his dark past with a pretty convincing party boy persona. Tucker seemed to fit the mold of the standard New Adult hero with his good looks and over-the-top personality, but I still liked him. He was a sweet guy beneath all the arrogance and partying who really cared about Scarlett as a friend and as more. Some of my favorite scenes with him were the ones where he was explaining the proper techniques to work out and how much of his character was showcased in those lines.
As a couple, Tucker and Scarlett were very cute and easy to root for. They connected almost immediately and took the time to understand one another before jumping into a relationship. The tutoring sessions were really well-written because of the difference from the first one to the last one in their interactions. There were some melodramatic moments (especially at the end), but I was still pleased with the fact that they got their happily ever after.
Like many other books in this genre, there were a lot of side characters in After Math. My personal favorite was Caroline (Scarlett's fashion major roommate with an obsession for Gossip Girl) who will be featured in the next book in the series. Most of the other secondary characters were there to serve a role in the overall storyline like unworthy guy, overprotective sibling, and helpful professor, but were developed enough to go beyond the stereotypes.
The main issues I had with this book came about in the end. I felt like Scarlett got too whiny and mopey about her relationship with Tucker for my personal taste though I was pleased to see her stand up for herself pretty well at a key juncture. I felt like Tucker's "secret" was bad, but it almost felt anti-climatic especially after he spent so much energy hiding it from Scarlett that I was getting frustrated along with her. Also, I felt like the entire ending was rushed. The pacing of the first half was really well done with all the tutoring sessions, parties, and cute get-togethers. But, then the plot took a sharp left turn and I had a hard time keeping up with everything that was happening.
But, overall, I thought After Math was an enjoyable read and I recommend it for fans of New Adult romances. While I did have problems with some of the writing, I was impressed with Denise Grover Swank's style and I am looking forward to reading the sequel in the future.
Scarlett was more interesting than your usual heroine in these romances, in that she suffers from a lot of social anxiety that colors many of the scenes we read here. She is soothed by the black and white logic in mathematics, and I love the fact that her goal is to be an analyst for the CIA :)
I also liked the male lead, soccer-god Tucker. The fact that his obnoxious popular guy persona is a mask for an sublimely unhappy young man was pretty compelling. The friendship he and Scarlett develop at first was very refreshing and sweet, tinged with the excitement of it possibly developing into more.
However, I feel like once the relationship moved to the next level, things got kind of boring. I guess I just mean that, although enjoyable, this book didn't really bring anything new or special to the genre. A solid 3 stars from me.
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But I can say this once I started reading I didn't put the book down till I was finished. It took me 1 day to finish.Read more
Scarlett likes to keep to herself, as she has social anxiety.Read more
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