Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ARC Book #Review: Surviving Adam Meade (Survining Adam Meade 1) by Shannon Klare

Book Title:  Surviving Adam Meade
Author:  Shannon Klare |WebsiteTwitter
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre:  Young Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Book 1
Format: Hardcover, ebook
Cost: $16.99
Pages: 256
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: August 14,2018
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Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need
I dived into this and read it in one day. I loved it. I loved the angst, the silly fights the conversations and the fact that both of them where strong stubborn and knew what they wanted from life. I went into this blind as always and really found myself hooked from the start.

Claire is the main protagonist and this is told from her perspective as she shares her anger about moving during her senior year (totally understand almost happened to me) her father got a job as coach of the football team in a whole other state and she's forced to leave her friends and her social standing behind.  Along with it the boy she was in love with who she believed would be with her and even go to college with her decided he didn't wish to do long distance so she spent the summer with a broken heart.  Not a great way to start this move.  She's determined not to like anything here and she's even sworn to give up her love for football.

As the story progresses Claire meets people who don't give her the chance to ignore them like Riley the cheerleader, she's one of them now and even though she's reluctant at first she realizes they aren't so bad.  Still nursing a broken heart she isn't looking to meet anyone else and certainly not the arrogant football player who talked down to her when she helped her Father out at the game. Her brother is a great source of comedic relief and helps Claire come back to reality a lot. He's one of her biggest protectors and always has her back. They are a great sibling pair to read as they fight, insult and back each other up.

I absolutely loved their wittiness, I loved their back and forth and how they never let each other off the hook. Even though there are a few moments where they both go a little too far, they reign it back in a become somewhat friends. They pester and nag each other and as the semester and school year rolls on they become good friends. Neither wants this to be more because they're both seniors with their eyes set on the prize of college and Claire's set on one and Adam isn't sure where he wants to go.

As the story progresses we find out why Adam is the way he is, we read along as the season progresses and they push become state champions and as friendships and relationships fall beneath the strain of acceptance letters.  Claire at times was a bit delusional because almost everyone knows that very few high school relationships survive freshman year and yet she clings to this idea almost desperately.  Adam was very upfront and clearly stated what he did and didn't want.

There is so much angst and fun within the story that I really enjoyed it. it wasn't until the end that I realized that they never discussed them hooking up or doing anything else, even though in their casual conversations they talk about others hooking up and about them drinking and partying.  It felt kind of weird considering so much of the high school experience centers around all those emotions and feelings.  Why was a 'normal healthy male' before and then when they start dating it goes completely pg?? Not that the story needed it, it just felt odd that they had all this chemistry and there is no discussion of taking it further or not taking it further. No angst about what to do with all those feelings, nothing.

I really enjoyed that her parents had a great relationship, that they as a family had a good dynamic.  Even though Claire was angry about the move her family was still important to her and she still maintained her awesome relationship with her brother.  There are secrets that are revealed, relationships that end and friendships that change. I really enjoyed reading this one and am looking forward to the rest of their story.

A great fun read and because I've seen the synopsis for the next one I can't wait.   There is no date for when that one is due out though so I don't know.  I hope it's soon.  Happy Reading my loves, 

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