This fabulous book review is by special guest blogger, Amanda, of browneyedtwentysomething.com. Thanks for hanging with us!
Starting with the worst tragedy a college student could imagine was bold, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book at the beginning. But it redeemed itself in a BIG way.
Lizzie Brandt wasn’t used to not being the best at school, and when her college classes knocked her down a peg, she wasn’t sure what to do. So she did what most college students think is logical—she started partying. And sleeping around. More specifically, she started sleeping with other people’s boyfriends.
In fact, she is doing just that when the police start knocking on the bedroom door of the president of one of the Radleigh University fraternities one Friday night. Her parents have been in a horrible car accident, and neither of them made it. Now Lizzie has to go home and face the music—her two younger brothers, her terrible reputation, and her crumbling grades, which just might lose her the scholarship that she worked so hard for in high school. She can’t afford to stay in college without the scholarship, but she also knows she won’t be able to support her brothers if she drops out.
Enter Connor Lawson.
Connor is Lizzie’s Byzantine History TA, and he’s made it clear throughout the first part of the semester that he is not a fan of Lizzie and her behavior. Yet, it’s his class that she needs to pass, so it’s his office that she goes to for help. After several long study sessions and learning more about him, Lizzie starts to feel more for him than she should. She figures, since he so strongly dislikes her, it doesn’t matter. Except that’s just been a front he’s been putting up the entire time. He’s had feelings for her since the first time she walked into his classroom. Now, as they realize their feelings are mutual, they’ll have to come to terms with the consequences while fighting some of Lizzie’s past indiscretions along the way.
I know what you’re thinking.
How many NA books are about a teacher and a student? Wasn’t the genre at least partially built on this taboo? Yeah, it totally was, and I’ve read a bunch of those other books too. Trust me when I say this one is better. Not only are the sexy-time scenes realistic and well-written, but there are actual consequences that Lizzie and Connor have to face like adults. It’s more realistic, and it’s messy, and I couldn’t help but root for this odd couple.
Last Will and Testament gets an A- in my book.
*And the minus is only because one of the others in the series is better.