*This is another past read but I just can’t help but give this a review
Blurb via Goodreads:
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”
One of my bookworm friends, May, recommended this to me during a certain Facebook post wherein I was asking for book suggestions. I immediately grabbed a copy and delved into what I thought would be an ordinary romantic, college story.
Easy is definitely easy to read and easy to fall in love with. It’s true! I felt neither dragged along nor confused. Instead, I found myself being consumed by this simply captivating read. You can’t just put it down because the characters just draw you in and the story lingers even days after reading it.
This novel has a bit of everything in it – romance, friendship, pain, heartache and growth. It’s very easy to relate to the characters and I think that is the best thing about this novel. One can just walk into the characters’ shoes and be them. It has an honest vibe that you will find yourself nodding along with them, hurting with them, falling in love with them and cheering for them as well.
“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision, Jacqueline,” he breathed, pulling back one final time to stare into my eyes. “It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”
The story opens with the heroine, Jacqueline, who is NOT having a very good college experience. Then something bad happens to her, tainting her college experience all the more. All these baggage threw her in the dark for quite some time until she told herself that it is time to move past everything. With the help of one of her professors, she was hooked up with a tutor, Landon, to help her manage and catch up in class. Thus begins her connection with Landon through email conversations. Then she crossed paths with a boy in class, Lucas, who rescued her from a bad incident and whom she saw was always staring at her. She noticed that Lucas only stares out the window and sketches during classes but still, Jacqueline felt a connection with him.
“A word of advice, though. This won’t be the last time you have to deal with something in life that throws you off your game. In future courses, as well as in the real world–such as it is–professors and employers won’t always be accommodating. We all have to–what’s my daughter’s terminology–suck it up and deal?”
More than anything, this story shows growth in Jacqueline’s part. Again, realistic. Yes, she went through some relationship issues. Many girls can relate to this. Yes, she sulked and moped for quite a while. Acceptable and expected reaction. BUT she decided to dust everything off and start anew. Her healing process was not that easy though. She had help from Lucas, from Landon, from Erin and seeing how Jacqueline falls down, rises up and goes back to living life just humanizes her character all the more.
Lucas and Landon on the other hand are vital characters in this novel. I sure wished I had a Landon tutor way back in college but oh well, some things are best left for wishing. Landon is fun and flirty but definitely smart. He makes the email banters fun to read and I just can’t get enough of their conversations. Lucas, on the contrary is the kind of seatmate that will make you lose focus in class. He is mysterious and you will definitely be challenged to pry more from this artist.
“It was as though he didn’t exist, and then suddenly, he was everywhere.”
This book is truly well written and well thought of. The plot is easy to get lost into. The characters are easy to love (though there are some you would just like to beat the crap out of) and as much as there was a lot of emotions poured on this book, there sure is a lot of humor as well. I laughed. I cried. I yelled and cheered.
But mostly, I felt.