THIS. I NEEDED THIS BOOK. I needed something light and angsty and hopeful and cute. This book is all of that, and I loved it. While I know some people will read this and write it off as another new adult university romance, I just loved every minute of it. Books like this can get away with being a ‘typical New Adult’ romance if they have characters like these.
Rikki and Sam are both top students; they’re always battling it out for the top spot. They also hate each other. They cling onto that hatred for 6 years, until they head to university and, upon finding out they’re both in the same dorm, decide to call a truce.
I loved how intelligent Rikki was. The last ‘smart girl’ book I read was Smart Tass, and Tass drove me up the fucking wall. Rikki is smart, she knows it, but she doesn’t put anyone else down when they’re not as dedicated to their studies as she is. She loves learning. She doesn’t do it to show off, she does it because she loves it, and I just loved that.
And Rikki? Has two mams. And she doesn’t get teased or bullied about it by her peers. Literally nobody questioned it and that is SO GOOD. Her parents both love her no matter what, and I’m just so here for caring parents. There’s not enough of them in YA/NA books.
And Sam? Oh my god, Sam. Where can I get me one? I just…gah. I love him. There were times where I just wanted to batter them about the head because they’re both so fucking stubborn, but it was worth the wait.
I loved this book, and I’m so grateful to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read it.