Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Published by Atria Books on January 14th, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
I was extremely excited to read through Livie’s eyes but as soon as I started I realized maybe she’s not going to be the responsible one. Maybe she’s going to become a little like her sister and let loose. Boy I hate it when I’m right sometimes.. Livie was not what I thought she would be. She did everything I thought her character would do right. And I still kinda loved it only because I wasn’t bored at all. I can imagine if someone is always being the good girl to have a rather boring life. And seeing Livie decide wrongly for everything she did? Downright entertaining and made for a great and entertaining NA read. You know everything will just blow up in her face.
I kinda couldn’t put this one down because the moment she meets Ashton you know he’s going to be bad news. That maybe he wouldn’t be a good influence on her. But in a way works because she supposedly hasn’t done anything wrong. Even though Ashton is insanely annoying, he has reasons for his promiscuous nature and they’re not exactly rainbows and sunshine. I think that’s why it’s an NA read. There’s always something darker lurking behind their armour. I couldn’t understand Livie and her reasons. She didn’t have the guts to stand up to Conner and it could have prevented a whole lot of anything from happening. I did not like the cheating.. There was just so much cheating on each other..So very selfish of these characters to do. They didn’t own up to anything until they hurt those people. That’s the sad fate of cheating after all. One just doesn’t care they’re hurting someone and it feels good in the moment. But I knew I had to ignore it in order to enjoy it, so I did. I focused on their chemistry and they had a lot of it. I liked the slow burn romance. It felt fast but also pretty realistic.
There’s cheating, and all-around cliche relationship swooning, but I still liked it. The good girl becomes her opposite. What a way to go though. Especially with that ending. I recommend it if you can stomach the cheating aspect because the chemistry was on fire.