Sunday, 23 March 2014

Book: The Hookup List by Dakota Madison

I received a copy of The Hookup List from Story Cartel in exchange for my review.

Ana has moved far away from home and her boyfriend of 2 years, Paulo, to study at school. But she realises that things are far from perfect when she begins to feel a strong connection towards Christopher, the guy who sits next to her in her Shakespere class. But when he turns up at her dorm room with his roommate Spence and the hookup list to see if Spence and Ana's roommate Nikki (who was on the list) would hookup. Taking it the wrong way, both Christopher and Ana feel the fall out, and it takes the proof of true friendship for them to come to terms with it.

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This book, and the characters in it, dragged me head first into the story, and I didn't want to put it down. I thought that the author really managed to capture the complexities of relationships at this age, as well as the culture of hook ups between young people. But at the same she managed to capture the fact that not all teenagers just want to hookup, but some want more, and some want more after hooking up.

This is the first romance that I have read that has had 2 first person narratives that are a couple, and I thought that it worked, though both of the characters really wanted each other, they had to overcome certain obstacles first, and both of them had to, it worked well cause of this. (Note: Realised that technically Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley did something similar when they had Lily and Jack narrating a book each, but this is the first time in book!)

There was also the issue of what parents thought coming into it, particularly Ana's Catholic parents, and the fact that her Godmother was around. To Ana the faith that she grew up with isn't really a big deal, but she does care what her parents think, and the respect for their beliefs shows in her actions.

All in all this was such a sweet romance, but it also actually touched on a lot of issues that really are relevant for the New Adult audience (I'm talking around 18 - 25 here).