Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The DealHeaders
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Book One of the Off-Campus series
Published February 24, 2015
Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Contemporary
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I read this as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite.

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.  How you went about your day and hung out with your friends and fucked other people without having this one important person in your life.”  Loc 3594, ebook

In exchange for tutoring lessons, Garrett Graham, the captain of the hockey team, promises Hannah Wells a fake date to elevate her social status and catch the eye of the new and mysterious wide receiver, Justin Kohl–but as they spend more time together, Garrett and Hannah realize that maybe there’s a bit more to their agreement.

For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation for this book.

I’m glad I haven’t left my apartment since having finished this book.  Why, you ask?  Well, you see, I have this idiotic, semi-psychotic, permanent grin on my face because of this book.  Elle Kennedy, where have you been all my life?  Or two weeks ago when I was yearning for something to pique my interest?  (I mentioned I was in a kind of book slump right?  It had been two weeks since I finished a book.  Granted, I was a bit busy (family trip to Canada / 4th of July celebrations), but it was definitely not like me.  Anyway!

Before I start on the review itself, I’d like to shout out this website I follow called Maryse’s Book Blog.  She mostly reviews New Adult books, and since I’ve been on my Young Adult Fantasy fix, I haven’t utilized Maryse and her keen eye for great New Adult books in the past few months.  But oh my god do she and I agree on these type of books.  I visit her site whenever I want to fill the need rom-coms used to satisfy back when rom-coms were still good, but in book form.  And she never ever lets me down.  So I figured with no weekend plans, what better way to spend 48 hours than to read about college romance.  I pull up all her 5-star ratings and find exactly what I’m looking for.  This book.  The Deal by Elle Kennedy.

Eeeeeeep.  This book was seriously squeal-worthy.  I started it late Saturday night and stay up until 5AM to finish it.  It was funny and witty and some parts really took me by surprise.  It’s angsty but not an overload of angst.  There were parts when I expected the author to move the plot a certain way because it make it even angsty-er but she didn’t and cut right to the point.  I liked that.  I liked that a lot.

This also reminded me a bit of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster.  And it evoked the same kind of giddiness out of me.  Because Garrett Graham was whooooo *fans self*.  But I really liked how he stayed true to himself from the beginning to the end.  There was no, all of a sudden he was a prince and worshipped the ground Hannah walked on.  He was still him: cocky, arrogant, and hilarious.

I loved the way they called each other out–their witty banter and just their overall interactions with each other.  It just seemed so real (i.e. when he would call her “dumbass”–I promise, it wasn’t crazy offensive–and she would call him “dude”).  There was no insta-love here.  It took time and it all the more gave their romance authenticity.

My few complaints?  The first mention of Hannah’s traumatic experience when she was 15.  It was just so casual…it made me, as the reader, feel a bit awkward.  Also there were a couple sex scenes that were unnecessary to the plot.  Oh, and I felt like the Justin character could have been fleshed out a bit more.

Aaaaaaand the cover is major cheeseballs.

The Deal is one of those books that some people may say is predictable.  Yes, the bad boy jock and the innocent girl have been written about enough.  But my god does Elle Kennedy make her version so much more fun and so very worth your time.

Intrigued by Garrett’s best friend Logan?  The Mistake is his story and you can buy it here.

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