Published by Atria on May 26, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
There is so much controversy and divided thoughts on this book, not just in the book community, but also in my own head. The story is so aptly titled, I’m not even sure where to start.
It’s kind of sad, but the characters seem quite real. They are messy and emotional and act like real people. It makes it easy to follow and understand the story, but it’s sad because they are making an incredible mess of their lives. Both Abby and Travis are train wrecks, and together they are a fireball of bad decisions.
There were a few elements in the book that didn’t make a lot of sense. Some continuity issues, and timeline issues, as well as a few oddly unconnected plotlines, like the Vegas mobsters. What is up with that part?
Overall, this was a contemporary new adult (there is nothing YA here) romance that seems to focus on bad relationships. The worst thing is that the participants don’t seem to realize how toxic they are, but since that is often the case in real life it’s entirely believable and completely tragic.