Published September 21st 2013
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When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.
Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.
As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.
About the Author
Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.
Is it just me, or does every fictional college seem to be full of high drama? I mean, sure, it makes for a great story environment, but it makes me wonder if the authors have actually attended university or if Australian universities are in stark contrast to those in America... The one thing that I love about uni is that there isn't all that high school drama and everyone isn't all up in your business.
But I digress, I love the setting of Choosing You and the community feel of the students on campus that worked well with the plot.
I really have to admire Garret - and no, not just for his damn sexy bod ;) . The amount of patience that he has with Jade, especially considering his age and upbringing. If you looked up high maintenance girlfriend in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Jade Taylor. Sure, he slips every now and then, but he is hell of a better person than I am to put up with her the way that he does - he even loves her quirks that would drive others insane. So props, for Garret.
Ah, poor Jade. She really got the shitty end of the stick when it comes to life. I love it! Well, I mean, I feel bad for her, but the amount of thought and planning that went into Jade's backstory is amazing and you have to hand it to Everhart for her attention to detail. I found myself wanting to hug Jade tight and shelter her from the sometimes shitty world that we live in, which really shows Everhart's writing skill - the amount of feels in this book boarders on exhausting with both wonderful highs and frightening lows.
Choosing You is a story of unlikely love between two seeming polar opposites blanketed in mystery and scandal. It is a book that you can't put down and leaves you eager for more.
4 out of 5