Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.
And that his best friend has a crush on me.
And that I just moved in with them.
Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?
I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?
He knows where to find me.
I swear to god, nothing makes me happier than Elle Kennedy and her Off Campus series and seeing her creating this new spinoff brought all of that happiness back. There’s just something so comfortable about being in this universe and I always know that it’ll be there for me, how it’s something that will bring me up when I’m feeling down. I have been waiting for this book for what, almost two years now? Or if we’re being accurate it’s probably two and a half years since I’ve wanted Summer and Fitzy’s story ever since they were hinted at in The Score. I’ve done my time waiting…..12 years in Azkaban! I’m sorry, I had to make that joke. Anyways! I probably couldn’t have cared less of what went down in this book because I was going to be happy regardless. These books make me happy and that’s all that matters. Could it have been better? Probably. I know a lot of people have been nitpicky about this book but I’m not gonna do that. I enjoyed it and found it very entertaining and that’s all that matters. If I wanted to be hella critical I’d most likely give it 3.5 stars but my happiness overrules that and I’m justified in my 4 stars. I love my happy place.
- I love Summer Heyward-Di Laurentis. LOVE her. I love practically everything about this girl. I love how she seems like she’s one way on the surface but then you get to truly know her and see that she is so much more than what she lets people see, which is actually a giant theme in this book which I’ll get back to later. She is such a loud and vibrant person but also a strong and determined person and while she has so many things working against her and holding her back, she does everything she can to overcome them. One important factor about Summer is that she has ADHD and I feel like this is one of the reasons people might not like her. Personally, I love her because I understand this about her. But in a lot of reviews I’ve seen people complain that she doesn’t stop talking or let people get a word in or how she changes her mind a lot but that’s because of her disability. It’s just a factor of who she is and yeah, she might not be able to control it or be aware of how much she interjects in conversations but it’s something you need to understand about her. And that then leads to her overall learning disability which, again, I feel is an important thing to highlight and normalize. She doesn’t let these things hold her back from her passions or control her life. She might not be the best reader or writer but she listens to audiobooks and does oral presentations and proves how much of an eloquent speaker and intellectual she can be. She learns how to do things her way and does it. I love and respect Summer and love how she is as a protagonist. I feel like she represents how confusing love and relationships and life in general can be and while a lot of people don’t like that, it’s fine. I have enough love for her to go around.
- I think one of the biggest themes in this book was the idea of how someone looks on their surface isn’t actually who they actually are and I felt like it was explored in a lot of ways. Obviously, as I mentioned, there’s Summer and how on the surface she comes off as a rich party girl that’s potentially an airhead and has no hobbies but shopping but Summer does her damnedest to prove that she’s not just surface level and she has so many layers that you’d see if you took the time to know her. The same can be said about Fitzy. He comes off as a big, intimidating guy that might be able to crush you, given the tough appearance from his tattoos, but inside he’s more of a shy, nerdy introvert that doesn’t know how to process or even express his feelings. I like how Kennedy explored this for both characters and proved how both characters needed to see each other on a deeper level and not judge each other for what they are on their surface. Again, this was another thing that bugged and frustrated people but I ate all of this up.
- Miss Kennedy, thank you so much for the creation of Brenna Jensen. Seriously, thank you. I’ve never loved a character as fast or as much as I love Brenna and I’m still obsessed with her. I don’t want just one book about Brenna, I want five. For real. This girl is like the queen of snark and sass and will not back down from a fight when she knows what she’s talking about. I love how fast her and Summer became friends and how well they meshed. I want to be Brenna Jensen, ok? I have high hopes for her book.
- Yet again, this book touched upon a relatively serious issue when it comes to sexual harassment and misconduct and I felt the way Kennedy handled it was very interesting. It was also an interesting commentary and reflection on how it’s happening right now in the world and every industry and it seemed like a good and accurate representation to me.
- Obviously, I loved seeing all of my favourite characters again and it’s what really added to my happiness about this book. Sure, I wish I got to see them more than I did but I will gladly take what I can. I’m glad I got to see Dean the most and his scenes were fantastic, but I feel like Tucker’s friendship with Fitzy is underrated and deserves more love.
- One thing I did not like about this book was the fact that there was a ghost of a love triangle here because love triangles are not my jam whatsoever. I’m not gonna call it a full fledged love triangle because it didn’t feel that way to me personally. In my opinion, Summer had every right to entertain the idea of Hunter and at least give him a chance because she wasn’t going to wait around for Fitzy to get his head out of his ass. A lot of people were angry that Summer led Hunter on but I don’t think she did it on purpose because she genuinely wanted to try with him but ultimately her feelings for Fitzy were too strong. I’m also relatively unbothered by Hunter as a character so it wasn’t a big deal for me. But it’s also something I could’ve gone without.
- I usually like the “will they, won’t they” trope but some people don’t, and that’s why this point is going under here. There was a lot of back and forth between Summer and Fitzy, which can be annoying but for me it added to the fantastic sexual tension. But I will say that there should’ve been more scenes of them doing more mundane things together and just being with each other. At least when they do get together they stay together and work through potential unnecessary drama. I’m greedy and I want more.
- I had a lot of high hopes for Fitzy, and on some level I do love him and his nerdiness, but in the beginning of this book he disappointed me. I didn’t like how he viewed Summer but once I got to see his issues I understand why admitting he liked her or expressing his feelings in general was hard for him but I kind of wished he lived up to the idea I had of him in my head. He was a nice male protagonist but he could’ve been better. He had so much potential and I’m kinda sad.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- If you’ve loved Off Campus and are a fan of Elle Kennedy in general, you’re gonna love this book. If you’re not, then I’m not really sure why you want to read this book and think you’ll like it. To me, this is an extension to my happy place and I can’t wait to see it get even bigger. Is this my favourite book in this universe? No. But it still makes me so happy that I don’t even care. I hope it can make you happy, too.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Chase (Briar U #1)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Release Date: August 6, 2018
Pages: 377 (eBook)
Until next time,