Mason Downing is good at a lot of things, but math isn’t one of them. What he is good at is hiding the fact that he’s a poor kid on a full scholarship at elite Bragson University—though he won’t be there for long if he can’t get his grades up.
Carter Lantor is the embodiment of all that Mason pretends to be: rich, confident, and smart. But when Carter is handpicked to be Mason’s new math tutor, Mason learns that he’s not the only one hiding things. Soon, Carter’s picture-perfect façade begins to crack under the pressure of his father’s expectations and his own unhappiness.
Together, Mason and Carter must teach each other that no matter how much they question their place in the world, their love for one another might be the answer they are looking for.
When the nicest thing you can think of about a story is, "Well, it wasn't that bad" then I think you have a problem.
I'm not going to lie, the first two chapters were ROUGH. There is an alternating POV, which I normally love, but the first two chapters were near mirrors of each other, just from different perspectives. There was almost no new information, and I was preparing for a VERY bumpy ride. Fortunately, it improved a bit from there, but not all the way to "like" for me.
Mason, for some reason, is obsessed with his lack of money and keeping up appearances. He insists on pretending that he is well off, and he hides the fact that he has to work for enough money to get the tutoring that he needs. This all made no sense to me because I went to a pretty elite college and most people there were saving their pennies for beer money and working during the summers or on weekends. The whole "rich kids are the cool kids" was too "Pretty In Pink" for my taste.
Carter has a bizarre relationship with his parents. His dad wants him to follow in the family business and doesn't want to face facts that his son is gay, and Carter wants to be a photographer. His mom appears timid and a little afraid of her husband. I didn't get the characterizations of Carter's parents (and their weird 180 in their personalities near the end), and I didn't fully get the chemistry between Carter and Mason. It seemed a bit forced for my taste.
While this book was a quick read, and honestly pretty pleasant overall, it had lots of cringe-worthy issues for me. Solidly 2.5 stars.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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