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  • Entertaining book

    I enjoyed this book and wanted to find out how it would turn out, though the female main character did not seem to grow, change or take accountability throughout the story. It was entertaining and held my interest.

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  • What happens when you jump to conclusions

    This is a good romance story. I love that one of the main characters Allison is a full body woman who is allowed to find real love and that the love between the Allison and Colin is warm and fuzzy, but starts with a struggle from personal issues, and shows up again latter in the story. I found the anxiety of the characters very realistic and a good reasons for all the doubt that comes out in the story because when someone belittles you when your young one has trust issues with anyone else. I also like that Colin is dealing with insecurity about being accepted to college and that he cares so much about his grandfather, it made him into a feeling human. I like that very much. I also like all the added characters like Sophie, Mandy, and the professor Wendy who sets up the challenge that creates the struggle between Allison and Colin. They rounded out the main characters lives and helped out when things went wrong, especially when Allison jumps to conclusion and breakup with Colin because she thinks he stole her presentation and causes a lot of heartache, but at the end love conquers all. I want to thank St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin and NetGalley for this lovely romance.

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  • Second Chances

    I have such a difficult time with second chance romances because the couple broke up for a reason, usually a pretty good one, so why would you go back to that? This was a particular bad breakup and I still can’t figure out how Allison could have ever forgiven Colin the first time and gotten back together with him. Still, their nerdy romance is cute and as far as relationships go, they have some cute banter and interesting situations to get themselves out of. There is a lot of fat shaming in this book and Allison handles it well. There’s also a lot of insufferable conversation among intellectuals that just irks me. I get you’re smart. You’re all in a PhD program. I’m trying to get lost in a book, not read so much “discourse” on academic topics.

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  • Just OK Story

    This novel was just okay-really not memorable or engaging. The problems that a main character, Allison, has are over related and repeated seemingly to add to the plot but really added to my total dislike of her. I just could not connect with her nor care about how things would turn out. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Interesting Story

    Very, very interesting! I’m telling ya’, Jenny L. Howe is a new author who we’ll need to watch out for. If The Make-Up Test is indicative of the kind of stories they have in their arsenal, I can hardly wait for whatever they bring us next! Allison Avery is not your traditional hero. In fact, the raw imperfections of this complex lady made me like her from the get-go. Furthermore, my admiration of her strengths and weaknesses continued to grow over the course of the novel. Allison has an important story to tell, and I really appreciate the way Jenny L. Howe reveals it. As much as I enjoyed Allison, I’m going to honestly say I couldn’t understand her attraction to Colin. Since I’m a huge fan of a well written (yet still unlikable) MC, I’ve got no problem with this aspect of the story. Hey, everyone should be free to make their own choices, and Allison is free to make hers. The audio version of The Make-Up Test is nicely performed by Stacey Glemboski.

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