Review: Denise Grover Swank – After Math (Off the Subject #1)

2.5 of 5 sheep to After Math by Denise Grover Swank



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 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?


Okay, first things first. The most important reason why I read this book was because the female MC is a math major. And I’m a math major, too. There a very few books where the MC has a scientific major. And then mathematics! I thought I was in heaven! And the male MC? Well, he played soccer. I mean … SOCCER! Two of my favorite things combined in just one book? It seemed like the perfect story for me.

But the book disappointed me. Big time.

Let me explain that. In the beginning we meet Scarlett who’s a math major. She seems like the typical math student (I know what I’m talking about, lol): Only interested in her equations and numbers, her private life is just a necessity so she can continue doing math. But then she meets Tucker, sort of the male school whore, and her whole world is about to crumble into pieces.

Yeah, I don’t think I have to go on talking about the plot, we all know how this will end: drama, drama, drama, some kissing, drama, drama, big drama, HEA. So, to be clear: the plot was average.

But this was not my problem. Sometimes I like reading those books where I can foretell the whole book after reading two chapters.

My problem with this book was Scarlett (well, her personality) and her studying math.

Scarlett was … strange. I don’t know how to describe her else, so I say STRANGE. We learn about her that she grew up in a trailer park with a mother who was an alcoholic and had a thousand boyfriends. Scarlett said she never wanted to become like her mother. So she told herself to never date as long as she went to college. So far so good, but then she met Tucker and suddenly (!!) everything was forgotten. It took only a few chapters and almost all of her thoughts were about Tucker. And in the last part of the book she suddenly remembers her intentions … um … yeah.

The next ~strange thing in the book was the friendship that developed almost immediately. In the beginning Scarlett and Tucker never talked much about private things but suddenly he talked about something like “You understand me like nobody else.” Did I miss something? Where did that come from?

And then … yeah, the mathematics in the book. Okay, I have to confess that I’m a bit finicky concerning that but you would be too if you were math major, right? It disturbed me that Scarlett only thought about Algebra. Algebra here, Algebra there … nobody talked about the other subsections in mathematics (which are a lot cooler than stupid Algebra, lol). And then… hm, the ~difficulty of her learning matter. But I think this could have to do with the American school system which could be totally different from the German one. And everything concerning math was just about equations. ONLY EQUATIONS. Math is so much more than just stupid equations!

Yeah, there weren’t just bad things in the book. It had its cute moments and I really liked Tucker (even if he was strange in some ways too^^). The ending was … well … fluffy. WAY TOO FLUFFY. But nice. In a strange way. Altogether: 2.5 of 5 sheep.


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Über Caro

Durchgeknallte Mathe-Studentin, deren Lieblingstiere flauschige Schafe sind und die ohne Bücher, Musik und TV-Serien nicht leben kann.
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