After Math by Denise Grover Swank

April 11, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 3

after mathTitle: After Math [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publisher: Create Space
Format: eARC
Pages: 250
Release Date: March 12, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It was an okay read, although I couldn’t connect with the characters and the story was kind of flat for my taste.

About the Book: Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

I really wanted to like this one, I was intrigued with how different it sounded, but alas, it missed the mark. You kind of just jump right into the main characters trusting each other and connecting without really building a foundation that I thought was substantial. The pacing was okay, although there weren’t any real high or low points in the book, things just flowed. That’s it. I like that it was different in that Scarlett had a thing for math, which doesn’t get much love in the book world as is, but that’s about all this book has to offer. I found myself bored repeatedly, all the scenes, troubled histories, and angst having been seen before, at a much more interesting level.

Scarlett was a little to meek for me. I felt like I was reading about an inexperienced teenager who never had any friends as opposed to a twenty-something who, at least, knew something about how to interact with others and had sexual relations in the past. I get that she’s introverted, I’m introverted, but I still know how to act around people. I didn’t like the way she handled her interactions with the opposite sex either. Yes, you’re trying to avoid becoming your mother and all that, but it was a bit much the way she went about things.

Not even Tucker could do it for me. Yes, he’s the typical hot, popular guy with a troubled past who finds “the one” and opens up to her and both lives get changed; but that’s basically all it is. That’s it. There’s nothing unexpected, emotional, or riveting – something I expect from a good NA novel nowadays. I didn’t really see his appeal, especially when he became so clingy and his insecurities showed like a sore thumb and couldn’t see how he connected to Scarlett so quickly, without question. I definitely couldn’t feel the chemistry between them. Yes, they had a steamy moment, but even that was blase to me.

I’d say, if you’re just starting out in the New Adult genre and haven’t read like a hundred of them, then you might actually enjoy this one. If, like me, you’ve been around the book block, I don’t think you’ll get much from this book. The story fell really flat and I was totally disconnected from the characters. I definitely didn’t hate this one, but it just didn’t do it for me.

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3 Responses to “After Math by Denise Grover Swank”

  1. Alexa Y.

    I really haven’t read all that many New Adult books. I think it’s because I’m a little turned off from the genre, and worried that I won’t like majority of the books I’ll read from it. I do have a couple lined up though, so we’ll see how it goes.

    That being said, this one sounds okay, if a bit typical. I don’t think I’d ever read it, but I’m glad you were able to share your thoughts on it!
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