Title: Against All Odds
Author: Patricia Vanasse
Publisher: Pants on Fire Press
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
I was hesitant to read this book after the first two chapters, but like with most books, I kept on keeping on. I'm so glad I did. I usually really dislike books that center around romance, usually because I find romance really cheesy and unbelievable. My idea of romance is pizza and letting me have the cover for the night. Lol!
This book deals with a great deal of topics along the lines of alcoholic fathers, absent mothers, teenage drinking, death by cancer, avoidance of problems. All things that a teenager might go through or witness when they're growing up. It's a very sad, heartfelt book that just had me wanting more. I loved Max's character, and how good of a guy he is. I love Lo because she's such a good kid and has a great head on her shoulders, and the fact that she's hurting put me on the same level as her and I could empathize with her as well.
I'm so glad this book took me by surprise and I'm so, so happy I didn't stop reading it like I initially wanted to because I would have missed out on a great story and a sweet literary couple.