The Deal by Elle Kennedy
4.5-5 Wellsy stars!
“The ice looked so shiny and smooth, until you got close enough to it, and suddenly all the uneven edges and crisscrossed skate marks became visible. That’s me, I guess. Covered with skate marks that nobody ever seems to notice.”
This is one of those books that really does live up to the hype! We’ve all been seeing this book passed around, and normally I’m skeptical when it’s a book everyone loves because most of the time I end up hating it, but not in this case.
The Deal starts out like your typical new adult romance but it’s so much more. There’s a girl at college who has issues, which are said straight away at the beginning (something I actually liked knowing up front so it wasn’t dragged out as a plot point) and a jock who needs tutoring help. Hannah is a music major and one of the few people acing her ethics test. She has a gigantic crush on a football player who doesn’t know she exists. Garrett is the school star hockey player and just failed his midterm, so he needs Hannah’s help.
So many people have done wonderful reviews and there’s no way I could live up to them, so I’m breaking this down into what I loved about the book, because there really isn’t anything I didn’t like about it.
-The banter. There were so many great one liners disbursed throughout this gem. I was reading them out loud to any of my friends who were in my vicinity. Here’s one example:
“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”
“Two,” I reply cheerfully.
“Do you high five yourself?”
“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”
-The writing in general. This book flowed beautifully and I read 66% of it in practically a few hours! Had to force myself to go to bed before continuing on. The author had a sense of humor I just connected with.
“If this was a movie, she’d be the young, ambitious teacher who shows up at the inner city school and inspires the fuckups, and suddenly everyone’s putting down their AKs and picking up their pencils, and the end credits scroll up to announce how all the kids got into Harvard or some shit. Instant Oscar for Hilary Swank.”
-The characters. Many have said that Hannah was annoying at first, but I think I have a pretty high tolerance for annoying females because she didn’t bother me at all. Sure she wasn’t into Garrett when she first met him, but this book and this story wouldn’t be what it is if she had. Garrett liked that she wasn’t a puck slut, and he had to fight to get her to even talk to him. The character development between the two of them was extremely well done.
And Garrett, oh Garrett.
Love him! He’s earned a spot among my book boyfriends!!!
**I would have liked more steam and a bit more angst, but I’m a gigantic angst whore and can eat up giant doses and demand more. So for everyone else this is probably the perfect amount of angst.
Thanks Jasmine for the buddy read! I think we both devoured this too quickly to go super in depth but it was lots of fun 🙂
My parting words to you all:
Horror slams into me as I register what I’m seeing. Oh God. I’ve stumbled onto a penis convention. Big penises and small penises and fat penises and penis-shaped penises. It doesn’t matter which direction I move my head because everywhere I look I see penises.”