Against All Odds by Patricia Vanasse || An Overall Great Contemporary

September 23, 2015 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 7 Comments

Against All Odds by Patricia Vanasse || An Overall Great ContemporaryAgainst All Odds
by Patricia Vanasse
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 25th 2015 by Pants on Fire Press
Pages: 313
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher

Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to be. But Max and Loren are not one of those couples.

Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is on the verge of becoming a ward of the state and foster kid. Contrary to expectations, Max is not from the "wrong" side of town. He's from a good home in a nice neighborhood, but his mother left after his father lost his job and turned to drinking. Max has been struggling to keep his head above water ever since. All he wants is to survive his senior year, play hockey, and move on to college. When his dad lands himself in jail, Max has no choice but to accept an offer to live with his father's do-gooder attorney, Mr. Larssi. The only contingency is that Max must stay far away from Larssi's beautiful teenage daughter Loren.

Loren is aware that she's had every opportunity in her young adult life—at least, that is, every opportunity her parents designed for her. She excels in academics at a competitive prep school, she never parties, she never dates, and she's a budding ballerina and major hopeful for a Juilliard scholarship. But since her best friend Lily died tragically three months ago, Loren is lost. She knows just how precious life is. But she has no idea how to make the best of it. How can she live—really live—with obsessive parents breathing down her neck…and inviting the only guy who never noticed her to live right under their roof?
Loren's first step in living her own life might be to get Max to notice her. Max's only chance at a solid future without foster care is to keep his distance from Loren. But their chemistry is undeniable. And they can't fight the odds forever…

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Against All Odds is the story of Max and Loren, two teenagers that are struggling with some really difficult situations in their life. Loren has just lost her best friend and is struggling to cope without her. Plus she finds herself struggling to keep up with her parents strict rules and expectations. On the other hand Max’s family has  finally reached breaking point, his mom abandon him and his father struggles with alcoholism. This book is a story of overcoming obstacles and moving on. A great book that I enjoyed.

This book is told in dual point of views in which we see Loren’s side of the story and Max’s as well. Which I think worked so well with the story. Mainly because we got to see and understand the way each character is dealing with the problems they have. I absolutely loved the dual point of view thing this book had going on, plus add to that some great characters. Okay! Let’s talk about the characters for a second..


Max: I really liked Max. At times I wanted to crawl in to the book and just hug him. He is the epitome of ideal boy. He is educated and smart. He is also respectful, caring and supporting. He is an athlete.  I loved that we got to see so many sides of his personality and all the ways he deals with everything he has going on. He felt so real to me. I  mean this kid just warmed my heart and made me melt. HE IS SO GOOD.


Loren: At first I wasn’t a huge fan. I just though she was like okay but then she started growing on me. By then of this book I was really rooting for her and their relationship. This girl has lived all her life following the rules imposed by her parents and sheltered in her little bubble but after loosing her best friend she realizes how short life is and how important it is to start living her life to the fullest. At times her way of thinking made me a little frustrated but  I would say she is probably the character that grows the most in this book and I’m so happy about that. She starts to work for all the things she love and making the most of her life. Like…



I loved the topics of family and dealing with loosing people you love that this book had. I feel like this book can teach some important life lessons. The way this book portraits the struggle in relationships, family issues and just life in general makes this book that much better. I loved that it felt realistic and portrait the characters really well.

I read this in a day even with the things that happen in the book and the topics it talks about it’s still very light and easy read. An overall great contemporary read. This book comes out September 25th so check it out.  If you’re ever in the mood for a YA Contemporary about two teenagers overcoming obstacles, finding love and taking opportunity for their future pick this book up.

Favorite Quotes:

“It’s all inside of you—what you want, who you are, and who you want to be. Just give it time.” He pulls away and helps me to my feet. “Nobody makes you, you. You make yourself.”

“I’ve learned that the only things we are in control of are the choices we make at any one given moment.”

“Who did you lose?”
“Nobody.” Or everyone – depends how I look at it. People don’t really need to die to be gone.”

About Patricia Vanasse

Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.

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