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Playing Defense Paperback – March 7, 2016
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I was expecting sweet and I got it. I love romances like this one. Both characters were likable and relatable. There was no major angst or betrayal.
Chris Winslow is part of the high school hockey team. He plays well and gets along with people. He does enjoy mischief but nothing that could hurt anyone. When he needs help with chemistry and math he agrees to a tutor to avoid getting in trouble with his coach.
Claudia Waring only cares about her grades opening doors to endless possibilities. She is determined to do her best. She knows being a tutor will look good on her applications. She is not crazy about the guy she is going to be tutoring. She believes him to be nothing but a jock.
What I like about the story is that they learned to do things outside their comfort zone without endangering themselves. Claudia tried to make Chris realize his missed potential at school and at playing hockey. She knew he could perform better at both.
Chris helped Claudia learn there was more to life than studying. Chris helped her trust more people and create new friendships. Also, he helped her confront her fear of public speaking. Chris was sweet and understanding. The perfect book boyfriend.
I was not crazy about Claudia's mom. She gave Chris no chance to prove himself. She labeled him and decided he was not worth it. I'm glad Claudia was more open-minded because Chris was super worth it.
I'm super happy I picked this YA romance to read it.
Chris is a well-developed live-in-the-now guy & Claudia is a well-developed focus-on-the-future gal. The point-of-view jumps between the two, but their voices are different enough that it is clear who is narrating. I kinda wish there was more to the story. I wanted resolution, or something, with her mom, and I'm curious what will happen at the end of the year, or even after New Years, but it is a satisfying read. (I think there is room for a "part 2" for Claudia & Chris)
Bonus points for the lead being a woman of color, and more than 1 gay secondary characters who weren't dating each other (there weren’t 2 “gays” just so they could pair up).
I am curious about her friend Annabelle. If she's a lit gal or a writer gal, but she's so stuck in fantasy she doesn't really have a connection to her feelings...what would force her head out of her books & get her interested in living humans? The series could follow her story could be next… maybe once she gets in a writing program in college and her writing lacks depth/honesty…
I really enjoyed this young love for what it is. The sweetness of the story is something I always go gaga over. Chris had my heart, with his funny personality and Claudia with her strong take it charge kinda girl. If you are looking for a sweet and short read this is it.
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