Author: K.A. Tucker
Release Date: June 11th 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: NA, Contemp, Romance
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
I've got a love-hate relationship with this book. I loved bits and pieces of it, but hated the other. We first met Liv in the first book and she's the younger, naive sister. I LOVED her. At the start of this book, she's still this shy, funny, inexperienced college student but throughout the book she turned into something nasty. Yes, I know most people in books (or life, even) change, but she just changed for the worst. She became this lying cheat and insert-bad-word-here. I just didn't like the change one bit. It's like one minute she's the most responsible person ever and the next she becomes this stupid girl who just can't make her own decisions! Ugh. HATE HATE HATE.
And don't even talk to me about Ashton. Yes, he's the most handsome person and the captain of the men's rowing team, but who cares?? He was so arrogant, mean and keeps lying to Liv. And she puts up with it! What the fuck dude. SPOILER - also, please can you mention the fact that you proposed to another girl before sleeping with another? Fucking hell. (sorry about the swearing guys, this book just brings it out on me)
SPOILER - the cheating in this book makes me fucking crazy. Like, seriously. We all know who you love, but please don't give the other poor guy any more ideas or keep on encouraging him. Also, I hate how he founds out. That's the worst bit. Makes Liv look like such a stupid, lying slut.
Okay, lets move on to the positive bits. I loved the indecision of Liv and how no matter what she wanted to keep her dad proud. She's always been the responsible of the two girls, and she felt like she had to always be that girl. The writing was also superb and while the main characters aren't something to smile about, the side characters provided much needed humor and interest.