Friday, April 8, 2016

Rachel Harris - The Natural History of Us

This was a super sweet YA story. The hero/heroine are high schoolers and it's a time when all of us are figuring ourselves out. However, in their case they have heavy outside forces directing their lives. I enjoyed how this story went back and forth between Justin and Peyton's senior year to their freshman year and watching their worlds collide and also dual POV. It was easy to follow and get lost in their story. 

I was sucked into their story pretty quickly and felt like part of their world.  I love when a book can do that! Peyton has been homeschooled all her life and freshman year she was attending public school for the first time.  She was slightly nerdy and awkward but it made her endearing. She knew she wasn't like most girls but she was okay in her skin.  Her medical issues opened her eyes to what was real and grounded her.  She wanted to be treated like a normal teenager and didn't want to be seen as fragile.  She was young and inexperienced when it came to boys, but the way Rachel Harris wrote her, made her feel REAL.  

Justin has had things handed to him all his life, but he hasn't had parental figures in his life since his grandfather passed. He isn't a bad kid, he does well in school and he's a good ball player.  He looks up to his coach and wants to do well not only for himself but for him as well.  When he meets Peyton, he thinks she's too good for him but he can't make himself stay away from her.  

Their story is sweet, sad, and took you on their roller coaster of highs/lows.  It felt genuine and even though high school was a long time ago for me, I felt like I was back there with Justin and Peyton.  Really good read.  Because this is a YA book, its romance was tame, but written in such a way that nothing felt missed.  And sometimes you just need a sweet read! 

**ARC received from NetGalley for my honest review**

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart. 

Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him. 

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first. 

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

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