Monday, February 23, 2015

Review Time #81

Shh! by Stacey Nash

Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t masturbate all night — the only thing she does is sleep … right?

Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He's pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn't, the perfect life she's worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan.

What do you do when you’re asleep?

I have been looking forward to this book for the past year when Stacey emailed me asking questions about how college and UNE is today. You see the college that this story is based around is the college I reside in when I'm at university, so naturally that made me excited for it and it contemporary romance/NA which I do love. I also could picture everything that Nash had described and know exactly what area of the college they were in. (Also it is super weird that I am writing this review in my college room).

Olivia is a nineteen-year-old arts/law student who currently has a perfect rep & is following all her parents demanding goals. That is until a college function when her boyfriend breaks up with her publicly and lets the whole college know what she does in her sleep. Being publicly broken up with and then telling the whole college that you masturbate while you sleep, something that you don't actually know, is probably the worst thing to happen.

Just stating a fact: Christian is a douche. Olivia tries and hides away from everyone all weekend, avoiding everyone. Come Monday for class and guess who she has class with; Logan. Logan witnessed the events that happened on Friday night a townie who used to go to Oxley the year before Olivia started. Logan on the outside seems like a bad guy on the outside but once he starts talking to Olivia you can see that he does care about others. 

Logan takes Olivia around some of the beautiful places around Armidale, to let he escape everything that is happening back at college. I really enjoyed reading about these places since I have visited them and walked around these areas. As the story goes on you come to understand that Logan is also hiding something, the reason why he took a year of uni. 

I liked how the characters changed throughout the novel, Olivia began to understand what was going on, started not caring about what others think of her and standing up to her parents. Logan started to let people in and help him with what was happening to him and his family. The minor characters of Savannah, Dane and Molly were what Olivia needed to help her out through what was going on and even though Dane was friends with Christian. 

Nash has created a NA story which deals with something that isn't done very much in both YA/NA dealing with a problem that some people may have. The building of the relationship between Olivia and Logan was by far my favorite part of the story and how they overcame different problems to get to where they were at the end of the story. Also I cannot wait for Wait! which is book two!

Thank you Stacey for letting me read Ssh! early and for including me in the acknowledgements! 

Rating: 4.5/5

Keely xx

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