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?
This is one of those New Adult books that I wanted to when it first came out (2013) but never had a chance to get to it. When I saw that it was on sale at Audible, I immediately bought it. I’ve heard from my bloggy friends that it wasn’t just another clichéd NA story and I was really excited to finally get to it. After Math was very easy to get into, the characters were great and the chemistry was great, and while I agree that we don’t get most of the clichéd stories that are so overdone in NA, I didn’t really feel like any of it was anything new. I think I would have really loved this if I read it when it first came out, but now it feels a bit similar to most books. I still found myself really liking this one and I’m glad I finally took it off my TBR.
When Scarlett is asked to tutor soccer star Tucker Price, she fears that Tucker won’t take her seriously and will try to goof off. Scarlett takes her tutoring job very seriously and when he shows up late to their first session, she let’s him know that she won’t tolerate his behavior. Luckily, Tucker catches on quickly that he needs Scarlett to tutor him and he starts taking her and their tutoring sessions seriously. The more time they spend together, Scarlett finds out that the Tucker she is spending more and more time with, is different from the Tucker that everyone else at school sees and she realizes that she isn’t the only one trying to escape her past.
What I loved about Scarlett and Tucker is that they aren’t your typical NA characters. Even though Scarlett is shy and her main focus is school, she isn’t one of those naive girls that’s ready to throw herself at the first guy that pays attention to her. Although she struggles with her anxiety issues, she does her best to not let it affect her life too much. And Tucker wasn’t your typical manwhore/asshole. Yes, he is a jock (soccer player) and he does go to parties, but he’s more than that. I loved how Scarlett didn’t take any of his crap and he realized quickly that he would have to be the real Tucker if he wanted Scarlett’s help with his tutoring. And it turns out that the real Tucker is a sweetheart. I loved their friendship and the chemistry they had. The book was a bit on the shorter side and I would have liked it if they had more time to evolve, as friends and a couple, but it worked out fine at the end. If you’re a fan of New Adult books that aren’t too high on drama and angst and have just the right amount of sexy, this book is for you. I really ended up liking Scarlett’s friend Caroline, who is a fashion design major (hell yes!) and would definitely love to listen to her story, Redesigned, next!
Audiobook Comments: Appelusa McGlynn is a new narrator for me, and while she didn’t blow me away, I thought she did a good job with the narration. I’m sometimes wary of self-published audiobooks because the narrators can turn out to be awful, but this wasn’t the case. She sounded age appropriate for her character and her male voices were pretty good.
|Overall:||3.5 / 5|
Some of my favorite non spoiler quotes from After Math:
-I’m not sure which is better-the chance to experience love and lose it, or to live my life without it.
-His hand caresses my cheek. “Scarlett, I don’t want to lose you by fucking up our friendship. I want you in my life, and if we d this, I will lose you. If that means showing some self-restraint for once in my goddamn life, then I will.” Both his hands cup my cheeks. “You make me want to be a better person. This is me being a better person.”
-“With math, as long as you have all the necessary factors, you can find the answer. Life, on the other hand, is so much messier… Math is the one constant in my life, the one thing I can count on to always be the same.”
-I’m surrounded by people every day, yet I always feel alone, no matter how hard I try to connect. It’s as though a veil has been thrown over my heart, and no one has ever been able to tear it down. Until this boy. This unattainable, untouchable, unreliable boy.
-My hands reach for his chest, and they slide across his muscles to his shoulders.
“I love it when you touch me,” he says. His dark, passion-filled eyes look up to mine. “Every time you touch me, I know you’re not a dream. You’re really here.”
“I’m here,” I whisper with a soft smile.
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