Review: Off The Subject #1, After Math by Denise Grover Swank

17270349Blurb from Goodreads

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.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?

Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Createspace (first published March 11th 2013)
edition language: English
series: Off The Subject #1
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thought
I’m more than eager reading this book, if it is possible. I always love reading books with torture-bad past kind of characters. I cannot help it, it’s my sweet torture. So when I had this book, I straight read it, leaving my to-be read next book pile that I’ve scheduled for months.

In some part After Math reminds me of Charade by Nyrae Dawn, both of it have a bad past characters that effect their present life. But unlike Charade, this book told only from one POV, Scarlett’s. She is a very smart mathematic student who set her future to be unlike her mom and her sister. She is in half way to leave her past behind, though she still have a mark from it, her panic attack. That’s why she tent to be invisible, out of people attention. And then one day she has to tutor Tucker, a soccer star who always brings people attention to him.

From Scarlett’s POV, I know that the real Tucker isn’t what people see. He only shows it to Scarlett and vice versa. Tucker can see and understand Scarlett more than her family and her bestfriend and sometime, as Scarlett said, more than herself.

Scarlett’s thought feels real to me, especially when she had panic attack, I can relate her anxiety. But I have to admit I also want to know Tucker’s thought. Reading Tucker’s bad past from Scarlett’s POV couldn’t make me connected to his torture soul. I know what happened to him was a very bad experience yet I feel he doesn’t have good reasons acted the way he did, to Scarlett and mostly to himself. At this point I cannot relate to Tucker.

Although Scarlett’s thought quite real, I kind of didn’t like the way she said something again and again, like when she said she know Tucker for only a few weeks. It is quite repetitive for me and annoyed me a little bit.

I love their relationship, it isn’t instant love. Their built it from trust and friendship. Yet, I also feel the ending was too simple, too plain. I want more drama in it. Something more that make me feel they have overcome their past and it makes their relationship is worth fighting for.

In the end, this is a good story I liked and enjoyed reading it. But there are also a lot of books with this kind of story, while I never give up reading it I expect it has a surprise or a twist of whatever that make it different from others.

Result: 3 of 5 Stars

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