Against the Wall
by Julie Prestsater
Overview (from B&N.com): Shelly Gelson had it all…a job teaching English at Carver High, her best friend Mel working by her side, and she’s engaged to her high school sweetheart Chase Marino. That is until Chase breaks her heart and leaves her for another teacher at the school. Now Shel is left broken-hearted and trying to figure out what she wants while watching Chase and the home wrecker make moon eyes at each other. Enter Matt Fuller, Shel’s friend for the past 5 years and the perfect rebound. He’s gorgeous, smart, funny and fits into Shel’s idea of the right guy. Only problem is there may be more there than just a simple rebound. Is it a way to fill a void left by Chase, or is there more smoldering between these two friends? Find out what happens when the bell rings and the teenage drama ends and the adult drama begins. Who says being a teacher is boring? They obviously haven’t met the teachers at Carver High.
This is a full spin-off novel (463 pages on the Nook) that can be read as a stand alone from Julie Prestsater’s Double Threat series’ universe. I haven’t read that series, but it was still easy to follow along with the characters and plot. The plot was a story most people can relate to, getting dumped. Although getting dumped by your high school sweetheart and then seeing them at working every day might make things a tad more complicated. The characters were interesting and had individualized quirks, but the main character was just too stuck in her past, in my opinion. Prestsater’s characterization was a little too jumpy for my taste. As for the ending, it was too much of a happily ever after (let’s just tie this story in a nice little bow) and occurred way too fast. Overall, I did actually like this book. However, I am recommending it because it is free and will give readers a taste of Julie Prestsater’s writing style. It’s hard to go wrong with a free book.
3 out of 5 Bookmarks
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