After Math (Off the Subject, #1) by Denise Grover Swank
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Age: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, College, Friendship
Source: AToMR Tours
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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?Scarlett had a very difficult life growing up and has resolved that her future will be better and completely in her control. She doesn't date much and doesn't put her self out there for rejection or in the public eye. When she tutors one of the Universities biggest playboys, Tucker, all of that changes.
On the outside Scarlett and Tucker are polar opposites. One thriving in the spotlight and one invisible in the shadows, but what the reader learns as the book continues is that they're more alike than anyone would've thought. Tucker opens up to Scarlett and while she slowly opens up to them their relationship then progresses quickly. While it wasn't insta-love it moved really fast for me once it got going. Scarlett moves from dating no one to talks of moving in together in what I felt was a very short amount of time.
Scarlett's dreams are ambitious and she's goal motivated to get somewhere in life, she questions Tucker's future and dreams and makes him think about what he wants from life. He's so good at faking happiness and Scarlett was great for him (and he was great for her). They didn't necessarily change one another but helped each other be the best that they could be.
As an anxiety ridden math nerd myself I could completely relate to Scarlett's moments of weakness, and I was extremely proud of the way she handled several situations (like when she's supposed to tutor Tucker and he's late). They compliment each other and Denise Grover Swank did a great job building on their characters and then building off of the other. They teach each other about loving another person, accepting that you can't change your past, and focusing on the road ahead.
After Math is a story about a roller coaster romance between a boy who feels guilty about his past and a girl trying to overcome hers. It's inspirational, sad, and easy to get into and lost in. Any fan of the new adult genre will enjoy the relationship between Scarlett and Tucker and appreciate the art of the heartbreak and chaos that ensue in their wake. It's a twisty, secretive, and a hard to put down read that I recommend to fans of Monica Murphy, Tammara Webber, Nicole Williams and Jamie McGuire.
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Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She’s a gypsy who can’t live in one place too long or stay in one genre. She writes contemporary romance, urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, young adult science fiction, and romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.
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