Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 5, 2019
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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard - really hard - to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was such a fantastic, light contemporary! After reading mostly fantasy, it’s sometimes a relief to read a book about daily life. I was torn though. I really identified by how anxious and worried Ariel is all the time. He has a very difficult time turning off his brain and relaxing. However, I wasn’t as driven in high school. I was content to coast and not work as hard as I should have. Reading about how much Ariel wanted to be the best made me regret being satisfied with mediocre.
Amir was the perfect foil to Ariel. He knew what he wanted where Ariel was still living under everyone else’s expectations. Amir had a creative outlet that he did for the joy of it, while Ariel struggled to remember why he started playing the violin in the first place. I’m usually a mess while my husband is the calm, collected one. They made sense to me.
I love Amir. He was a perfect marshmallow and perfect for Ariel. Laura writes slow, subtle and sweet so perfectly. This book was a joy to read.
About the Author
My debut novel, GIRL OUT OF WATER, is a summery coming-of-age story about a California surfer girl sent to landlocked Nebraska for the entire summer. It debuted in May 2017. You can order it from most book retailers and of course request it at your local library! My second novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, is about the effects of intense academic pressure on a teenage Valedictorian-to-be. It comes out March 2019, and you can add it on Goodreads here.
I have degrees in English and Advertising from the University of Georgia, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. While I lived in NYC, I interned at Penguin and two different literary agencies. In addition to writing, I also freelance edit manuscripts and query letters. Please check out my services if you’re interested! I particularly love helping with those query letters!
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