Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review: Calling California by J.P. Grinder

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Calling California
by J.P. Grider
372 pages
Series: Hunter Hill University book 1
Published May 20th 2014
Rating 2 stars (2.4)

Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate - her father is dying, she's working to help pay the rent, and she's two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world - he's acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she's immediately smitten and thinks she's found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn't belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn't understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?

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My Review:
Like the Pussycat Dolls, I hate this part right here. Cali is such an annoying character. Yeah, yeah I know that the way her parents raised her shaped her views. However, she chooses to continue those views even when her inner self is telling her 'hey you are being stupid'. I could have even overlooked that. It was that she was so determined to not have anyone piting her that she never realized that she was constantly throwing her own pity party.

Everything was offensive to her. To be even a friend to this Cali chick, is like walking in a field full of land mines. At any point, something random would make blow. In short she was a miserable character. Then there's Griffin. I just could not connect with him. I don't want to say he was a wimp but what man would have at least told her to get over herself.

The ending was felt so rushed. In the last few paragraphs she gets that he never pitied her. Um, DUH! There an affair that should have been a bigger deal than just a few pages. I won't get in it but delving more into it could have added more depth to the story. So I going to end this review with this, I may not have fallen in love with this novel but others have. Read it for yourself. My opinion is that if you have books that you really are looking forward to, read those first. Sorry to the author but this one can hang on the tbr shelf for awhile.

About the Author:
J.P. Grider is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She is the author of seven novels. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor, while her first two novels - Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) and Maybe This Life - are standalone adult contemporary novels. Her most recent release is the new adult romance Mending Michael, which is the second in her Hunter Hill University series. The next book in the series - Reaching Rose - will be released in May, 2015. All the books in the Hunter Hill University series are standalone books and can be read in any order.

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