Book Review #238
Title: Surviving Adam Meade
Author: Shannon Klare
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 14, 2018
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.
This story seems to be repeating the same situation over and over again when Claire moved away and her ex boyfriend, Seth dumped her because of the long distance. Then, the same thing happened again when Claire’s friends Riley and Tate broke up for that reason too. Twice was already bad enough but it became so much worse when Claire and Adam had a brawl because of the same thing! I don’t like this, it’s not fun to read at all.
Claire and her sarcasm cracks me up at times that sometimes its even borderline ridiculous and hilarious and I love how they would continuously banter, even on the smallest things. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the love-to-hate trope can be really well played if it was executed well but for this book, I’d say it lays somewhere in the middle of it.
I really enjoyed the times before they got together, it was fun, flirty and funny but when they became a couple, somehow reality kicks in and they start to realise things that they hadn’t realised before.
This was after all a short and light read of caving through romance in high school, senior year to be more exact and making plans in the future for college and making things work to prepare themselves for a long distance relationship. If you ask my opinion regarding it, I would no doubt reply that its a bad idea because most of the time it usually ends badly. This story is somewhat all the things that I dread the most in a YA book combined. It was quite interesting to read about it but I wouldn’t pick up a plot that focuses on that aspect again.