The Natural History of Us
The Fine Art of Pretending #2
Author: Rachel Harris
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: April 5th 2016
Review Source: Spencer Hill Press
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
Justin is a jock that many girls see him as a stud. He has a reputation around school for being a playboy and that he doesn't do the relationship nor the commitment thing. However, things change when Peyton starts school and he takes notice of her. Then one thing leads to another and he does the boyfriend thing. Peyton was always home schooled but in the last year she has been through a lot of health issues and she was looking forward to starting school and becoming "normal". But as well her life turned upside down, but in a good way!
What I enjoyed most about The Natural History Of Us is watching a boy turn into a man while figuring out what is most important in the world. Sure it took him some time to learn and figure everything out. Also, watching Peyton go thru so much yet remain strongest... was very inspiring. She did her best in trying to live her life the best she could. Most important, not take things for granted. Watching two people learn what was most important no matter the heartache life brought, was amazing. I shed some tears but my heart was filled with joy.
This book is simply fantastic!
The Natural History Of Us has a little of everything. From sad and heartbreaking moments to happy moments. To watching your characters grow strong together and individually. And to add to the equation another boy who wants Peytons affections! A love story for sure, but who will she pick? Justin who broke her heart in Freshman year or Cade who helped put her back together after her breakup?