Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: After Math (Off the Subject #1)

After Math (Off the Subject #1)
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?
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Kat's Review
This is Denise Grover Swank's first New Adult book, and it's a pretty good one.   The premise is a popular one in the genre: shy, geeky girl with a tortured past meets popular jock who's afraid of long term relationships.  They're somehow thrown together and find themselves unable to resist the passion that builds between them.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's continue with the review.
Yes, there are some clich├ęs.  What I think saved this book and made it enjoyable for me is the writing.  This author is a good writer.  She has a way with words, knows how to pace a story, and writes characters that are three dimensional.  While the main character Scarlett is a geek for all intents and purposes, she's not a victim.  Growing up in a poor home with an alcoholic mother, Scarlett knows that her education is her ticket to a better future.  She's not going to screw that up.  She's strong, and has high self-esteem.  She walks out on the popular Tucker Price when he disrespects her time and shows up late for a tutoring session.  She's also not the token virgin.  While her experience is limited, it's not non-existent, which I liked.  Tucker also isn't the only guy who had ever shown interest in her.  In fact, there is another guy who is interested in Scarlett as well. 
Tucker Price is a soccer superstar, on track to be recruited to play professionally.  He's popular and attractive, and has no trouble picking up women.  Unlike many New Adult books, Tucker's exploits are not hammered out in detail, nor is he a woman-hating male.  He's troubled, and despite his ticket to the pros, doesn't want to get kicked out of school.  When he's put on academic probation, he enlists Scarlett's help from the tutoring centre to help him pass one of his math classes.  The more he gets to know her, the more he likes her.  He knows about his reputation and his past, and he's afraid that his demons won't allow him to have the relationship with her that she deserves. 
I enjoyed the way this book played out.  There were some elements that were a bit of a stretch, but overall I felt that Scarlett was just as strong as Tucker, and was able to stand up for herself and demand respect.  She didn't let Tucker walk all over her, and I didn't feel that he was the one dictating the entire relationship. 
Rating: Worth A Look
I you like the New Adult genre, this is a well-written, well-paced addition to what's available.  A main character who seems weak at the beginning surprises with her strength, and a love interest who seems strong battles his weaknesses as the story progresses.  I liked this one more than some of the other New Adult books I've read. 
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from ATOMR Tours in return for an honest review.


  1. I saw this one goodreads and passed it because of the same generic NA storyline, but now that I know more about Scarlett, I think I'm going to like her story, I love a girl who is strong and doesn't cower. Great review Kat =)

  2. This is the first time i see this book. May I follow your blog? Thanks


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