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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Against All Odds by Patricia Vanasse {Book Review & Giveaway}



Genre:
Young Adult, Fiction
Publication.Date  Sept 25th 2015
Pages:313
Published By:  Pants on Fire Press
AuthorPatricia Vanesse

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My review copy:From the author in exchange for an honest review


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Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to be. But Max and Loren are not one of those couples.

Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is on the verge of becoming a ward of the state and foster kid. Contrary to expectations, Max is not from the "wrong" side of town. He's from a good home in a nice neighborhood, but his mother left after his father lost his job and turned to drinking. Max has been struggling to keep his head above water ever since. All he wants is to survive his senior year, play hockey, and move on to college. When his dad lands himself in jail, Max has no choice but to accept an offer to live with his father's do-gooder attorney, Mr. Larssi. The only contingency is that Max must stay far away from Larssi's beautiful teenage daughter Loren.

Loren is aware that she's had every opportunity in her young adult life—at least, that is, every opportunity her parents designed for her. She excels in academics at a competitive prep school, she never parties, she never dates, and she's a budding ballerina and major hopeful for a Juilliard scholarship. But since her best friend Lily died tragically three months ago, Loren is lost. She knows just how precious life is. But she has no idea how to make the best of it. How can she live—really live—with obsessive parents breathing down her neck…and inviting the only guy who never noticed her to live right under their roof?
Loren's first step in living her own life might be to get Max to notice her. Max's only chance at a solid future without foster care is to keep his distance from Loren. But their chemistry is undeniable. And they can't fight the odds forever



She follows the Ten Commandments like she'll burn otherwise. I used to see it like that too, but not anymore. I want to make mistakes and grow from them. I want to take risks and soar when I'm on top. Even if I fail, it's better than being the pathetic person who has never taken a risk.     
Every single muscle in my body is fueled by the adrenaline gushing through it. And every one of my senses are heightened. I not only can smell the freshly watered grass beneath me. I can hear Amy praying "Ave Maria" like she is holding a rosary between her hands. This is the most stupid thing I've ever done in my life, but also the most amazing sensation I have yet to experience. I've never felt so alive. 




This was an incredible story about two young adults who are lucky enough to find each other, two souls who are meant to be. This is also a story about becoming an adult, dealing with family drama and learning how to express yourself to the people who love you the most. Told by Patricia Vanaeese, who has a unique style of writing, it takes us on a journey with Max and Loren who both have different goals that are important to them but find that they share an unmistakable attraction that just won't be denied..


Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is assigned to Mr. Larssi's care by a social worker when his father is sentenced to a local rehab for driving under the influence. His mom walked out on them a few years back with no hint as to if or when she'd return. Max has been helping his dad with the bills and keeping himself fed while his dad just continues to drink. Mr Larssi offers Matt an out and a place to live so Matt doesn't have to go into foster care. The only thing Mr Larssi asks of him is to stay away from his daughter, Loren. As soon as Matt takes a look at her, he knows this is going to be much harder than he planned.

Loren is a smart, and prepared to go after her dream of dancing once she graduates but she is really struggling with the death of her best friend. She doesn't know how to cope with this loss.Never knowing how to express her pain, Loren is just trying to get through each day. Loren is very attracted to Max and she doesn't understand why he keeps his distance when she is sure he feels the attraction too. 


I read this book in one sitting as once I started I couldn't leave the story without knowing what was going to happen next. Patricia did a great job with the details of this story as well as letting Loren and Matt's characters grow as the story played out. This isn't something I see very often in young adult literature. The characters are usually complicated right from the beginning or they don't' grow as much as you'd like them to by the end of the novel. 

I can not wait to see some more from this author, she really knows how to hook the reader in. 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR





      Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine. Connect with Patricia on her Website 


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