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Review: Surviving Adam Meade

August 8, 2018

22718738Release Date: August 14, 2018
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Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

 

I adore the Swoon Reads imprint and have made it my mission to read all of the books. I was especially excited for Surviving Adam Meade because the synopsis just exudes Friday Night Lights vibes!

Claire Collins is ready to leave her new town before school even starts. She misses her old friends, boyfriend, and life that she had to leave behind when her dad took a new job as the head football coach in a small town in North Carolina. She especially doesn’t want to get involved with any more football players after her last boyfriend broke her heart. However, even though Claire gets off on the wrong foot with the quarterback, his best friends are the first to befriend her on the first day of her senior year of high school. Now she keeps being pushed together with the jerk that is Adam Meade, only to find out that he may not be as mean as he seems.

What I really liked about Surviving Adam Meade was the setting. I loved the small town football feel and all of the fun Claire gets up to with her new friends—racing ATVs, playing night hide-and-seek, and spending a day on a boat in a lake. I also liked how applying for colleges and scholarships were actually a big part of Claire’s senior year (although the timeline did seem a little sped up). I also loved Claire’s relationships with her family and friendship with Riley, but I wish we had seen more from them!

What I didn’t like as much was how jumpy the plot and timeline seemed to be. There was one point where a chapter ended and the next one picked up three weeks later. There just seemed to be details missing that needed to be there to connect everything. Honestly, Surviving Adam Meade could have been longer, which probably would have helped with the how fast it felt. Claire and Adam have their moments (some of which are really cute and filled with snarky banter), but again, it seemed like something was missing and I had trouble rooting for them as a couple.

Overall, Surviving Adam Meade is a quick read filled with snarky banter, small town vibes, football, and senior year challenges.

My Rating:

*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*

2 Comments

  • Reply Sam@WLABB August 9, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    I am a total black sheep on this book, because I loved it. It actually got better and better for me and when Claire had that When Harry Met Sally Moment, I just was overjoyed.

  • Reply Jenn @ Bound to Writing August 10, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    I love small town settings! Something about them just make me fall in love with a book. Great review! 🙂

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