Review: After Math by Denise Grover Swank

Posted May 11, 2013 by Karen in Book Reviews / 16 Comments

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Title: After Math (Off the Subject, #1)

Author: Denise Grover Swank

Rating: 4.25/5 Star

Release date: March 12, 2013

Publisher: Self-Published

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

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After Math by Denise Grover Swank is a really good new adult read. Why you ask?  Yes, you in the back; I heard you ask the question, don’t try to deny it. The book is about two socially dysfunctional young adults who, because of tragic childhoods, are scarred adults in their early twenties.

The female character Scarlett is a math whiz, who uses numbers to cope with her panic attacks. Those attacks are brought on because of normal social situations, which for most people might be awkward but for Scarlett they are debilitating. Scarlett also find solace in numbers, as numbers are safe, and as long as you know the rules, math will never disappoint. Scarlett is the type of person who wants to, needs to blend into the wallpaper of life. She is happiest when she is not seen and has her numbers to keep her company. Scarlett does interact with people, but it is obvious that she is extremely uncomfortable.

The male character of Tucker seems at first to be the opposite of Scarlett. He is the star soccer player and a fame whore; but appearances are not what they seem. Tucker has been just as wounded by life as Scarlett; his coping mechanism of ‘life of the party’ is a mask. He has filled his life with parties and one-night stands trying to fill the void in his life. He is living with unrealistic pressure and self-hate; and his self-destructive behavior is a cry for help that no one cares to hear.

Neither of these two characters are living genuine lives; they are hiding from themselves and the world, each for their own reasons…Tucker because he believes he is unworthy of love, and Scarlett because she is incapable of love, that something inside of her is truly broken. It is not until their two worlds collide that they truly begin to live.

What I liked about this book is that each of these two people learned from one another about how to live. The girl doesn’t suddenly take off her glasses and is cured of her social awkwardness, and the guy doesn’t transform overnight, but they work at the people they want to become. In their own way they both strive to truly reach for happiness, even if that happiness comes with a price. Are they willing to pay the price for happiness or are they too scared to live? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.

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About the Author

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She’s a gypsy who can’t live in one place too long or stay in one genre. She writes contemporary romance, urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, young adult science fiction, and romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.
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16 responses to “Review: After Math by Denise Grover Swank

  1. June M.

    This sounds like a good story. Love books where the characters are damaged but not broken 🙂

  2. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    I really enjoy your reviews. Not only did I want to add this to my TBR, I wasted no time in purchasing a copy. Thanks for all you do for your fans. I appreciate all the new books that you bring to me.

  3. Yvette Sharp

    “After Math” sounds great, have added it to my TBR list…and the cover! Holy hell that’s hot!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway 😀

  4. Stephanie

    That was an awesome review! You gave me a real feel of what the book is about, without giving away any specifics. I have read a lot of reviews lately that basically summarize the book. I really don’t like that. Thank you for not doing that.

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