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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Together is somewhere they long to be.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary romance, which dealt with issues of racism.
Eden was quite a blunt girl, and she seemed to be really unafraid of saying what she thought, even when it came across as a bit rude. I did feel sorry for her with regards to not having enough money to go to college though.
The storyline in this was about a race for a scholarship, as well as the romance storyline. Eden and Ash seemed to go really quickly from hating each other to liking each other though, and it was a bit of a surprise when he asked her out! In fact I didn’t really see the attraction between them at all, and it took me a long while to warm to the relationship. It was like they went from arguing to kissing all in the turn of a page.
The racism in this book was quite bad, with Eden’s father going nuts and making comments about not wanting ‘brown babies’ when he found out about Eden and Ash dating. I really didn’t like that, and I felt quite sorry for Eden and Ash that they had to deal with such blatant racism from so many people around them.
The ending to this was a happily ever after, although I was surprised that the racism issues were handled quite so easily.
6 out of 10