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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 disorder 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?
College is hard for a normal person but it is a little more difficult for Scarlett Goodwin. Scarlett likes to keep to herself and work on math. Tucker Price is the school's top jock and needs a little help in math, and he wants Scarlett to tutor him. Have you ever put on a good front in the presence of other people, kept up appearances, never let the world see who you really are? That is exactly was Tucker does every day of his life, until he meets Scarlett. This book is wonderfully written, makes you feel what the characters are going through and has you rooting for a happy ending. I give it 4 stars.