From USA Today Bestselling Author of Going Under
Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she's lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It's a lonely existence.
But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him--a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can't help it. He's the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn't expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.
And that's when her life goes from bad to good.
Book 1 in the Too Good series
I should start this review by saying that I'm a fan of S. Walden's writing. I LOVED Going Under. When I found out that she was writing Good, I was anxiously waiting for the release. But for some reason when I finished this book, I found it a bit lacking.
Cadence is the quintessential good girl. She goes to a party and makes one pretty big mistake and she is paying for it. For this mistake, she has become an outcast, with her family and friends. Out of the blue she meets Mark, although at the time she doesn't know his name. They speaks for a little while and then she is gone. Thinking that she will not see him again.
She starts the school year being harass by her peers and pretty much alone. She walks into her math class, already beaten down by the names that her fellow classmates call her and at the front of the class is Mark, her new calculus teacher. Once she see Mark, within the first couple of minutes, he asserts his position of power over her. Although he later apologizes for the incident, Cadence already feels an attration to her teacher. She knows that nothing can come of it, hell, he is her teacher and she is his students but circumstances throughout the book, leads to them getting closer. From there they engage in a love affairs, that at time are intense, dangerous and at times, to me a bit ridiculous.
As I read the novel sometimes I felt a bit weird about their relationship. I like books that sometime have the student/teacher relationship, but being that she is still in high school and there is a 10 year gap between them, it just didn't rub me the right way. Also Cadence was extremely naive. Just the mistake that she made alone showed me that she was not ready to embark in this torrid love affair. Also being that she was a loner at school, it gave me the feeling that Mark was kind of taking advantage of her. And there is something that happens during there relationship that Mark DID NOT handle well. That really didn't make me like him very much after that. Hmmm..... I don't know. There was some good parts of the book, don't get me wrong. There was the time that Mark came to Cadence rescue and it was sweet, especially when he saw how her father treated her at the church.
The book did end in a cliffhanger and it did give my heart a little jump. I will read the next book just so I can see how this story ends but I will say to read this book if you really like S.Walden's work but don't expect it to be as great as Going Under.
About the Author: S. Walden
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.
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