Book 1, Off the Subject - Off the Subject #1
Denise Grover Swank
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Introverted college junior Scarlett Goodwin struggles with social anxiety. A mathematics major, she focuses on her classes and her job in the tutoring lab until she’s coerced into tutoring Southern University’s soccer star, Tucker Price. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.
But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?
A different type of story than what I have read of this author, Denise Grover Swank. It took me abit of reading into the first few chapters before I was hooked into the eBook.
Denise is awesome and amazing in her ability to entice me to enjoy her descriptions of the characters. And, the emotions of these characters, it got me to keep reading for longer periods of time.
Denise, you did not disappoint me. I took a chance because it was free. Then, because I have enjoyed other books by you, am eager to read more of this series and anything else you write. Am willing to pay for future books. 🐰🐰🐰
After Math takes typical new adult archetypes and gives a fresh take to it. I enjoyed that these characters are both damaged and saving each other, rather than showing one character to be the sole savior. I appreciated reading about a character with social anxiety who couldn’t afford medicine. She really works hard on her mental health, and that really made me want to root for her!
The conversation relating to not having money often felt insincere. At one point specific qualifiers were used to distinguish between “upper middle”, “lower middle”, that felt distinctively misplaced. That language is for economists and sociologists, but for people with a lived experience of having not have their own words for “poor”, “rich”, and “rich rich”.
Though I overall enjoyed it, I did notice some obvious “show don’t tell” moments as well as some incredibly unrealistic experiences with the characters (one practically mind reads the other the whole way through) that diminish the quality of the work as a whole for me. BUT it was still overall enjoyable.
heart throbbing story
I loved the book i loved the struggles tucker and scarlet had to go through and they made it out to the light it made my heart treble and i loved them.