Title: Choosing You
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 294 page
Publisher: Waltham Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: January 25, 2014
Narrator: Ashley Klanac
When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.
Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.
As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.
A couple weeks after I bought it, I was in another state helping my sister move back to Texas. I turned this on in Alabama, with the plan on stopping midway between the two for a break. Except, I didn't want to stop because that would mean the book would stop. So I ended up driving almost the entire way home, only stopping about an hour away because I was nearly out of gas.
As soon as I got home, I uploaded the ebook version onto my kindle app so I could read it. Except I missed Ashley's voice for the narration, so I ended up doing a read-a-long (I love those!).
This book was freaking awesome. I loved how, despite everything Jade has been through - she isn't a victim. She's so unbelievably strong, and a lot of her past reminds me of my own. To see how she handled things, it was truly inspiring.
I really enjoyed how Garret was willing to become a better person just so he could be with this girl he had fallen for. It is rare that the male romantic lead is someone who I could find myself being friends with - and I felt he was pretty cool.
Highly recommend this book. Both the audio and ebook versions are fantastic.