Paperback: 304 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 2.5-3 Stars
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn’t get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents’ fight, and the knowledge that—ultimately—someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate?
This title in the If Only line is a frank and funny romance that shows how sparks fly when opposites attract (Goodreads)
Ok, here are my thoughts:
I didn’t love the book. Which is why I would lean closer to 2.5 stars.
I did like the setting and the background stories. I liked that both of the characters come from the same town but largely different upbringings. I liked the characters themselves.
I didn’t like that Katie was so far removed from real life. I know her dad has been in politics forever, and her mom died when she was young, but never going inside a mall? Never shopping for clothes? Really? Did she wears hand tailored suits since she was four?
Another, picky part of me is wondering about Drew’s hair. On the cover of the book he has clean cut and short hair. At the beginning of the book he said his hair is past his shoulders and other than a small trim I didn’t catch on to any moment when he cut his hair. And then it was never mentioned again. Which I thought was weird. If his hair really was down to his shoulders, wouldn’t he pull it back into a man bun or something during hot days? Wouldn’t he do something with it? Brush it away from his face, run his hands through it? Something? The long hair was never mentioned again.
And the biggest hang up for me… the book started with an almost prologue of Drew cutting out a picture of Katie in the newspaper and saying, “She’s going to be my girlfriend some day.” We learn that Drew carried the photo around in his wallet until in crumpled (which would insinuate longer than one day). Yet, 8 years later, when they meet again, he has never heard of her (there wasn’t a name with that picture Drew?) and he doesn’t recognize her (there’s an inkling of familiarity but that’s it). I really couldn’t get over that, because I can still remember the names of crushes I had when I was eight. Maybe the face changed so dramatically that I wouldn’t recognize them but between a name and a face, there’s going to be some sort of recognition.
That being said, I lean towards 3-stars because I wouldn’t want someone to judge me so harshly for something that I worked hard on. So you get 2.5-3 stars.