Lea and Gabe are extremely shy and awkward. It’s blindingly obvious to everyone around them from their creative writing professor to the Chinese food delivery guy who drops off their exact same orders to the squirrel they both confined in that these two should just start dating.
It’s a sweet story of college students falling in love and actually getting motivated to date.
But we’re not reading from their perspective; we’re reading it from the people around them. This was rather awkwardly done. I struggled to view the characters as individuals; they all had similar voices. In fact, I could argue that it was all the same character just with various emotions. The first person didn’t bother me. I just couldn’t easily distinguish between narrators.
Though I do have to say I enjoyed the friends and their lives. I wanted to read more about them, see them fall in love (or lust) before Lea and Gabe did. Yeah, I became invested in them more than the main romance. Maybe there’s some fanfiction out there for it already and I can continue with their story. Totes ship Maribel and Casey. And I wanted to know more about Inga and Pam, like how they met and fell in love and how Inga first explained her hobby of pairing up students in her class.
The main romance was cute, it was just dragged out for too long and when it finally happened after a little drama (because what love story doesn’t have drama?) it was too much. Blah. Hair twirling. Sad childhood stories. Dopey looks. God help me! I really shouldn’t read romance. But it really was sweet and cute and adorable and all of those other descriptive words.
It was the pop cultural references that made laugh out loud and fall in love. Seriously, this author nailed it. I would love to have a conversation with her. That is where she shined.
Okay, so I haven’t been selling the story very well. It is a romance (be warned) and it is super cute (over use of the word) and the geek moments are AMAZING as well as the funny witty comebacks (the boys are fascinating). Overall, it was nice. Not Earth shattering and life changing. Nice. But a type of nice that you should read.
I didn’t like how they all seemed to single out and hate on Hillary. That felt mean and unnecessary (especially when the professor was trying to talk her out of taking the class because she just didn’t like her). Come on! Acceptance of all people! Enough with the hate… I really felt sorry for the young woman, being painted as a villain when it was unwarranted.
Other than that, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy (and make for interesting conversations with your manager when caught reading during lunch).