REVIEW ✧ THE STUDYING HOURS

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“Do you feel that, Jameson?” he implores breathlessly. “Can you feel it beating?” 
I can. 
“That’s for you. No one else makes me feel this way; no one has ever made me feel this way. No woman. No coach. No opponent makes my heart race the way.”

☆☆☆1/2

 

CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.

SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.

I’m not gonna lie, this was a trash read. I knew what kind of book it was gonna be going into it (I mean hello, look at the title) but I think it was something I really needed right now. I’ve been reading a lot of intense YA as of late and usually when that happens I always have this urge to read some trashy NA. So here we are. Honestly, I thought this was pretty cute. It had a lot of humour to it and it all felt relatively light so it becomes a nice and easy read. Even though I liked it and thought it was a cute book, I can’t go higher than 3.5 stars because it’s so light and cute. It’s not groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it’s fun and a 3.5 is my usual rating for a read like this and I think it’s quite fair.

THE GOOD

  • The best thing about this book is the fact that there is no unnecessary drama!!!!! I feel like unnecessary drama is such a staple for NA books and 95% of the time I hate it. Like I get that you need something for a last minute climax and break up the couple but at the same time, do you really? We wait all this time to finally see the two characters together but they have to break up over something stupid? So the fact that that didn’t happen in this book was fantastic. I kept waiting and waiting for Sebastian to do something stupid and make James want to leave him but he didn’t do anything and it was all fine. I feel like that’s a bit of a nod to Sebastian’s character development because obviously he starts off as a douchebag, hence the title, and clearly he’s gonna change and develop and I think the fact that he didn’t do anything to make James dump him is a reflection of that. He learns how to treat her and ultimately how to care for her and I like that.
  • The second best thing about this book was probably James’ character. I loved how we got a character that was a self-proclaimed feminist and was not here for this guy’s crap. She never gave into him and all of his advances and constantly held her ground against him. But I also feel at the same time James wasn’t exactly the type to hate other girls either, which we sometimes see in these kind of circumstances, but it was more of a “why are these girls degrading themselves for stupid boys like these?” kind of thing. I could be wrong, but that’s how I saw it. I just thought she was a great and hilarious character and she made this book really enjoyable.
  • I loved how much humour was in this book. The first thing that made it so funny was how at the beginning of every chapter the author put quotes from real conversations she found on Twitter that reflected the story she was writing. A lot of these quotes made me shake my head and question humanity but overall they were hilarious and I think they really set the mood for this book. The other thing that gave this book so much humour was the great banter between Sebastian and James. They constantly kept each other on their toes and both had so much sass and sarcasm to them. That’s why I feel like this book was so light and easy because these characters made it easy. It ultimately becomes an easier read when there’s humour like this.

THE BAD

  • I can’t say that the writing was horrible, because it was actually pretty good, but sometimes it felt like we just jumped from one scene to another with no explanation or context. Like in one chapter we’d see them studying in the library talking about doing something and then the next chapter we’re already in the middle of what they were planning. It felt a little choppy because of that and kind of messes with the overall timeline, I guess.
  • I know that this series is titled How to Date a Douchebag but geez, this guy was such a piece of work at the beginning. And I know that Sebastian had to be that kind of sleazy asshole in the beginning to prove how he’s a douchebag and ultimately set him up for development so I understand that completely. But just because I understand it doesn’t mean that I have to be 100% ok with it. Sometimes the way he talked to James or even to his friends made me slightly uncomfortable (though I’ve actually seen worse) so it was a little hard to read in the beginning. I love the person Sebastian became and I’m glad he moved away from the douchebag he was in the beginning.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • Honestly if all you want is a quick, easy, and relatively trashy read then this book is definitely for you. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not familiar with NA because it can be kind of hard to stomach. But if you are familiar with it then it’s perfect. I don’t think you can regret a fun read like this; I know I don’t.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1)
Author: Sara Ney
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Pages: 360 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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