Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

The Only Exception
 
**Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 16+**

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor's son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.
Publisher: Beautifully Broken Books
Publication Date: April 9, 2013

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Kat's Review
 
I liked this book far more than I thought I would. Not that I thought I wouldn't like it, just that I wasn't sure how the author was going to convince me of the love affair between a very liberal woman and a very conservative man in a way that would ring true.  She managed to do just that, not by ignoring the political differences between the two main characters, but by not allowing those political views to be the only thing that was important to them. 

It wouldn't be easy to write a book like this and not fall back on too many stereotypes, but the author did a good job of balancing the mainstream view of both liberals and conservatives, and also making those people real in their shared humanity.  There are some clichés, sure, but it would be difficult to completely omit them and still underscore the depth of difference in beliefs.  I wasn't sure if I was going to like Trey at first- he was a bit pushy when he and Monica first met, but he grew on me.  He was kind and treated her with respect, and was willing to step out of his comfort zone to be with her. 

There are some series topics tackled here, including sexual assault, so if these are trigger topics then that's something to consider, but I think they were handled well and not just casually thrown in to make a point.  There's also a bit of a role reversal here from most novels, in that the female is more sexually experienced than the male, and it's something that is discussed openly.  Trey's inexperience doesn't make him any less attractive or any less of a man, and Monica's experience doesn't make her unworthy of being treated well or of unworthy of Trey's affections.

I like books that challenge the norms, and although I don't think the author is trying to make any bold political statement with it (although I could be wrong), the book is a nice change from the typical New Adult contemporary. 

Rating: A Good Read

I liked the political undertones and the frank discussions of difficult and uncomfortable topics.  This was the perfect book for me to read while all my American friends were off celebrating the 4th of July yesterday! 

I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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