by Coleen Lahr
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: November 4, 2014 by Astraea Press LLC
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Synopsis:Ashley Smith spent her life being shipped from one family member to the next. When Ashley’s estranged father dies, she finally has the money to go to college and the chance to find a place where she belongs.
Within days, Ashley has found the one thing she’s always longed for – a family. She may have even found love. There’s only one problem. Ashley likes Colin…a lot, but so does Randi, and everyone likes Randi. Randi’s approval is the single easiest way to belong. Falling in love with Randi’s crush is the single easiest way to find oneself on the outside for the next three years.
When Ashley arrived at college, she never dreamed she’d find this kind of happiness. Will she allow herself to hold on to this happiness, and Colin, or will her fear of losing her friends, the only friends she’s ever known, dictate her actions?
Accepted is a very sweet and compelling story. I enjoyed reading it a lot and it was emotional to read. Reading about Ashley’s life, how she doesn’t have a family to care for her, how she’s all alone in the world, calling her dorm room her “home”, that was so sad to me. I wanted to dive inside the story and hug her.
I also wanted to slap her because she was using Randi as an excuse to not get close to Colin. Randi is Ashley’s friend and Randi likes Colin a lot so Ashley doesn’t want to ruin their friendship. This matter made the book have a high school feel to it instead of a college feel. In college, people could care less what you do, who you like so I was upset by this drama BUT it mostly happened at the beginning of the story so it didn’t ruin the story for me.
I loved reading about Colin and Ashley’s hang outs. I wanted more of them because I was really enjoying the activities they would do or simply hanging out with each other. I loved how understanding Colin could be with Ashley and how he was always making her feel better and making her feel wanted.
I would have wanted more interaction between Ashley and Becca. Ashley kept saying that Becca was her best friend and Becca was always there for her but the reader doesn’t get much insight in that area and I would have loved to read about it. All in all, it’s a great story that I love and recommend to others 🙂
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