Also in this series: The Mistake, The Score
Published by Self-Published on 24 February 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Sports & Athletics
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Also by this author: The Mistake, Him, The Score, Us
Place(s) Traveled To: Hastings, Massachusetts // Boston, Massachusetts
First Line(s): He doesn’t know I’m alive.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy was first released in February but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I first heard about it because it seemed like everyone in my social media was talking about it. The chatter made me curious and so I purchased a copy for myself to see what all the fuss was about. At first I was super frustrated with The Deal because Hannah was often bitchy and judgmental. She’d rail at Garrett for little things like not knowing her name despite sharing a large lecture hall class but then she’d forgive others of the same slight and even did it herself. Hannah was a bit of a cliche being the klutzy beautiful girl with self-esteem issues but as I continued to read The Deal I began to like her better as I learned her backstory and as she grew over the story.
But the thing that bothered me most was the trope of a popular crowed on a college campus. That Garrett was somehow more because he was on the hockey team. That Hannah became well known and easily recognizable because she spent some time with Garrett. I don’t care what size college you went to this just does not happen. College is not high school and I’ve yet to find or hear of a college with a popular crowd. My eyes also almost rolled out of my head when Garrett was able to make all the guys on this campus avoid dating Hannah just because he said so. Because in what universe would that ever happen on a college campus?? None! None I tell you!! So yes, there were times when The Deal frustrated me to know end but despite all this the story was like crack and I couldn’t stop reading.
While I didn’t really like Hannah at first I adored her by the end. She made my heart ache and I loved how she and Garrett interacted. These two had chemistry that sizzled off the page. By the end of the story I was totally invested in Hannah and Garrett my heart ached for them and all I wanted was for them to find their happily ever after. I also enjoyed all the secondary characters and want them all to have their own stories so that I can spend more time in this world. There was a great camaraderie among these cast of characters and with a the few exceptions mentioned above you can believe that they are all real.
The Deal isn’t a perfect story. Its riddled with flaws and yet despite all the things that annoyed me during my read of it I still walked away happy and entertained. I devoured this book and couldn’t get enough of it. It was witty and fun and a great way to spend an afternoon. The Deal is a book that I’ve already campaigned for others to read that like sportsing new adult stories. Elle Kennedy doesn’t get everything right (my hockey loving friend had many things to say about how the hockey draft really goes) but a book doesn’t have to be perfect to be good. Yes there are plenty of times when inaccuracies take me out of a story but sometimes I fall in love with a book despite its flaws and that was the case with The Deal. I enjoyed this story and think that you might as well.
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