I was sent this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and honestly, I really loved it!
Synopsis (back of the book):
Standing up for yourself doesn’t require legs…
Brilliant physics major Jill Kramer tutors jocks in math to pay her tuition. The college junior has big dreams—NASA. And if her self-centered ex taught her anything, it’s to never again let a guy distract her from her goals, especially the hottie failing calculus.
Former football star Mike Lewis hopes the cute calculus tutor will save his otherwise perfect GPA. Top grades will convince his demanding father that he’s still pursuing law school and not his real dream—the Broadway stage. Acting seems unachievable at the moment, with him hunched over crutches and in crippling pain from a past car accident, but after amputation surgery he’ll strut on state-of-the-art prosthetics.
Jill can’t help but fall for Mike—brains in his head, muscles in his chest, and vulnerability in his legs. Mike loves her determination and her refusal to pity him.
But when choices have to be made—family versus goals, dreams versus love—they both need to find strength to stand on their own, side-by-side.
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This book wasn’t really what I expected. At the beginning I was a little hesitant and the New Adult style of writing took a little while to get used to, but I really started to fall in love with the story and the characters. It made me smile and laugh and at times it made me sad and frustrated, but I enjoyed the book so much. I read it all in a couple sittings.
Usually contemporaries don’t take place over a long period of time, but the timeline in this book spans two years, which was something I really liked because we got to see the characters really grow and develop a genuine relationship.
What I really loved about this book was the characters and how I found both of them to be so relatable. With Jill, I really identified with how driven she was and also her relationship with her family. With Mike, I could relate to his dreams of being an performing artist and that struggle he has with doing what his parents want him to do and doing what he wants to do. Both are not without their flaws and imperfections, and both have significant character arcs throughout the story and I loved seeing them grow.
Another thing I really loved was reading about a disabled character. Throughout this book Mike is going through the process of becoming an amputee and getting prosthetics.We see how Mike’s disability impacts his daily life, the way he sees himself, and his relationships with friends and family and Jill. I am not a disabled person, so I can’t speak too much on the subject, but I think it was written well and realistically. It gave me a lot of insight into what someone who is disabled or going through that process may be experiencing and I really loved reading a book that is diverse in that aspect.
If you’re looking for a diverse book, especially with a disabled main character, or if you are just looking for a fast contemporary, I definitely recommend you pick this up! I gave it / 5 stars!