The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland Rebekah Crane Release Date: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Skyscape Young Adult Standalone Number of Pages: 260 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Kindle First Program Rating: R Read 11/17/16 to 11/22/16
Holy Cow! I love this book! I am so glad I decided to pick this one up and will certainly be recommending it to others.
The author puts together quite an eclectic cast of characters that somehow work. The banter and bickering is so true to me. Although the heroine, Zander, just wants to be left to her nothingness, she can’t ignore the other residents at the summer camp for at risk teens she is sent to. You have Grover, who talks in riddles that I don’t even think he understands half the time. Cassie reads way too much into every word and look, always on the lookout for the slight she just knows is coming. And Alex Trebek can make your head spin trying to figure out if he’s lying or just wants you to think he’s lying. Unlikely as it seems, these four teens find a way to be there for each other.
There are a lot of deep issues that are raised, some get resolved and some don’t. Some are even wrapped up with a pretty bow that we know will not necessarily happen in real life. But this isn’t real life, it’s a book. And what’s the harm in giving some teenagers hope? I think it’s more important to let young adults in situations that seem impossible a ray of light. There are good people out there that are willing to help. Cassie didn’t ever want to believe that, she’d been beat down too many times. But when she was open to the possibilities that others care she was able to see that light at the end of the tunnel.
Zander had some major issues, too. Unlike Cass, Zander has a family that loves her and will always be there for her. She just needed to learn to speak up for herself about what is best for her and what she wants. Great things can happen when we’re honest with ourselves and others. That’s a lesson we all need to remind ourselves regardless of our age.