Monday, September 22, 2014
Review: Make it Count (Bowler University, #1) by Megan Erickson
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
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I’m not sure why I picked this book up considering it’s a New Adult and the plot involves a girl hooking up with her boyfriend’s best friend. Major eye roll. Then I re-read the summary – oh yeah! the hook-up is a nerd. My kryptonite is nice guys lol So I cautiously dipped my toes into the murky NA waters knowing there was going to be drama lama and potential cheating plot lines. And for the most part I really liked this story.
Erickson handles the romance, friendships and drama in an interesting way. Instead of over the top confrontations, and simplistic solutions, the characters deal with their issues head on and decide if their friendships are worth fighting for. Especially between Alec and Max.
I suppose Alec is a nerd in the strictest sense. He’s smart, doesn’t really date, wears glasses, and has a pompadour (that little visual wasn’t a good one for me lol) but to me he was just a nice guy who happened to be smart. He didn’t seem clumsy or awkward or anything traditionally nerd-ish. I loved him though. He’s a good friend and great boyfriend material.
Kat discovers, through tutoring from Alec, that she has Dyslexia. I really applaud how well the author handled this. I think this book can offer a lot of hope and inspiration to people who see themselves in Kat and the frustration she goes through until she is diagnosed.
The romance was so sweet. Kat and Alec know they are headed into dangerous territory with their attraction but after a little fumbling face it head on. I thought I would get irritated about the Alec/Max/Kat triangle but it was fine.
What I didn’t love so much were the last few chapters. Alec and Kat were so good together. Then Kat gets it in her head (with good reason) that Alec thinks of her as a project to fix because of her dyslexia. She wants him to see her as his girlfriend not as puzzle he needs to solve who then moves on to a smarter girl.
Kat and Alec say some dumb things in anger but Kat holds onto it so tightly for so long that I just ended up irritated. And all the cuteness of their friendship/romance was almost forgotten as it dragged on. I understood where she was coming from but she would talk to every single person about what Alec felt – except Alec. He’s smart but not psychic. He can’t know how you feel if you don’t tell him. Ahhh but young love!
Despite that one quibble I would recommend this one if you’re looking for a NA read that’s on the lighter side - it had a lot of humor despite the tougher topics - but features great relationship dynamics and a protagonist that is strong and independent.