Reviewed by Kini
Jenny Fields is a crusader. As the editor of her college newspaper, she’s never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s boy wonder, on board. They say he his talent is unbounded. It turns out so is his ego.
Matthew Townsend cares about art. And that’s pretty much it. If he has a reputation for being moody and aloof, that suits him just fine. He doesn’t have a family worth speaking of, and as a scholarship student, he can’t afford to goof off like the preppy rich kids at his school. He certainly doesn’t care about the art building. Or about the relentlessly perky Jenny, who looks like she was barfed up by Rainbow Brite. What will it take to the preternaturally cheerful girl with the massive savior complex to leave him alone?
I have read three out of four of this author’s contemporaries and really enjoyed them. Things I recall, smart heroines, heroes that aren’t assholes, well written, solid story lines. I was excited to see that she is writing a series about the characters in the 80’s, I was even willing to overlook that they are new adult (NA).
This is a novella and a quick, fun and emotionally satisfying read. And even though it was NA, the characters weren’t too immature. There were some cute shout outs to the 80’s, Jenny’s phone number is 867-5309, Matthew refers to her as “Rainbow Brite”. Both Jenny and Matthew are seniors and thinking about what is next for them. They get together when Jenny starts pursuing him for his help in saving the art building. He is broody, growly, kind of beta and I think I love him. When he falls for Jenny, he falls hard.
Jenny talking to Matthew after an incident on campus- “Still. It was nice to have an ally.”
Matthew about Jenny-
“She was overdressed, and she was completely not my type, but she was also utterly stunning.”
“I wasn’t going to be the reason Jenny Fields was sorry”
“I was made to kiss Jenny Fields.”
The conflict was handled well without the misunderstanding being dragged out and the resolution contained the appropriate amount of grovel for my liking. I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading the next in the series.