I was given this book from the author for an honest review.
“Prude” is the debut book of Jordan S. Gray and it deals with a college girl, Rebecca Washington, as she has just been dumped in front of many students at campus because her ex said she was too prude and annoying. Right then she meets a mysterious guy, Derek, who ends up becoming her partner for a British lit project. She dreads this because she doesn’t want to threaten her GPA, but as they see each other to prepare the presentation, a bond grows between them.
Genre: New Adult, Romance, College
Publication Year: 2016
Pages: 296 (Kindle)
Part of a series?: Yes Book 1 of 2?
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Rebecca is one-of-a-kind, she is not the usual heroine of a NA story, and I liked this. She truly is prude, and she is very naive and innocent for her age. This is probably the first time I’ve seen a protagonist like this and I appreciate the change for once in a while. There were some times I couldn’t put up with her mind but understood her reasons, since I was similar to her when I was in high school. It wasn’t a surprise she would feel attracted to a guy like Derek: he is your campus hottie with daddy issues and fears just like her, except they are different. He is one of those guys you can’t never figure out until the end, but when they show themselves, you’re gonna like them. He did some things that made my eyes roll, but they were in character so I don’t mind. At first he wants Rebecca to get out of her comfort zone, but habits die hard so I was glad that she changed but for herself and not for him. I can understand why these two work. Rebecca is a “maternal” type. Among her friends, she is like the mature figure, always trying to be controlled not to let anything happen to her because she’s scared something might hurt her and her planned-out life will blow up. Like I said I used to be like her, so I can see her point. On the other side, we have Derek who has had a rough past and has the fear of losing the people he loves so he doesn’t commit. Rebecca embodies that maternal figure he lost and that he craves, the one that stands up to him when he’s being a jerk. And she likes him because he’s her opposite: he dares to do stuff. We can see this with the other characters as well. Rebecca’s best friend, Shayler (who is the protagonist of the next book of the series) looks like a female Derek more or so, and they’ve been besties for years. Guess why? Because they are different and complete each other. I like this. And I liked the evolution of Rebecca and Derek, they made me anxious until the last pages. LOL.
I can’t wait to read Shayler’s story now. I think it would be interesting because she is such a quirky girl who is looking for love under the surface.
The story was more of a coming of age and young adult in some parts and not new adult, but there isn’t a defined line. If you love light romances set in college with interesting characters, that’s the story for you. 🙂
RATING: 4.5/5 stars