The Queen’s Book Talk #4 : Against All Odds by Patricia Vanasse

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Against All Odds
by Patricia Vanasse (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 313 pages

Expected publication: September 25th 2015 by Pants On Fire Press
ISBN 978069244

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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 drink. 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…

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I was given an eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. My review is in no way affected by this fact.

Let’s start with the cover. I don’t like it. I hate books with people on the cover. They look so amateur and it sometimes put me off reading the book. But aside from the cover. I really liked this book. It may come off as your common YA contemporary book but it was told in a realistic and not too good to be true perspective. The story doesn’t just evolve in love but circulates through friendship, family and self discovery. The book also showed different sides of the stpry making it more relatable not only to the main characters but also the remaining characters. I also love the character growth presented in the book. The female main character grew from being a naive little teenager to a more classy woman. she stopped being selfish and thinking of her own grief and started actually listening to others. I liked that she eventually opened up to her parents because they obviously just wants the best for her and she feeling suffocated by it is just her acting like a naive little whiny kid. The male main character grew from being the angry at all the people who left him and took him for granted to a loving and forgiving person and accepting that sometimes people fo things they don’t want to do but they just get forced by certain situations they cannot control.

I also want to point out that the parents of the main female charavter should be applauded. They handled the situations carefully. They may seem strict and very uptight to many but I think they just want the best for their children. The male character’s mother though is a different story. I know that when times get tough you just have to get out but leaving your son? That was just wrong. As a mother she should have just atleast had the decency to check on her son once she got settled but she didn’t and that’s what pisses me off. Anyways she has her reasons and no one can judge her but she must face the consequences.

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In conclusion, I am giving this book 4 stars for not being a over the top cliche chick lit and for opening up many topics and awesome character growth.

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