Saturday, September 19, 2015

Against All Against | Review

Stand Alone
Publication- September 25th 2015 by Pants On Fire Press
Copy- received from author in exchange for an honest review

Summary: Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to be. But Max and Loren are not one of those couples. Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is on the verge of becoming a ward of the state and foster kid. Contrary to expectations, Max is not from the "wrong" side of town. He's from a good home in a nice neighborhood, but his mother left after his father lost his job and turned to drinking. Max has been struggling to keep his head above water ever since. All he wants is to survive his senior year, play hockey, and move on to college. When his dad lands himself in jail, Max has no choice but to accept an offer to live with his father's do-gooder attorney, Mr. Larssi. The only contingency is that Max must stay far away from Larssi's beautiful teenage daughter Loren.  Loren is aware that she's had every opportunity in her young adult life—at least, that is, every opportunity her parents designed for her. She excels in academics at a competitive prep school, she never parties, she never dates, and she's a budding ballerina and major hopeful for a Juilliard scholarship. But since her best friend Lily died tragically three months ago, Loren is lost. She knows just how precious life is. But she has no idea how to make the best of it. How can she live—really live—with obsessive parents breathing down her neck…and inviting the only guy who never noticed her to live right under their roof?  Loren's first step in living her own life might be to get Max to notice her. Max's only chance at a solid future without foster care is to keep his distance from Loren. But their chemistry is undeniable. And they can't fight the odds forever… 

My Rating: 9/10

My Review: This is such a cute book! This is exactly the type of book that I needed to read to get me out of my reading slump. The characters are great, and the plot is unique. Although I did not like Loren as much in the beginning, she grew a lot as a character throughout the story, and by the end of the book I had grown to love her just as much as the other characters. It was interesting to read from the perspective of a dancer, and I'm glad that it shows how hardcore ballerinas are (I don't know how they do it). As for Max, I knew I was going to like him from the very beginning. He's so sweet and understanding, and I love his relationship with Loren.
Overall, this is a great contemporary read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun and heartwarming read!

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