Publication: June 3rd 2014 by HarperCollins/William Morrow Impulse
Source: eARC, received from Edelweiss
Genres: New Adult
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
Public service announcement: Nerd is the new black, I repeat, Nerd is the new black.
Make It Count is a fun, lighthearted novel that takes an interesting spin on nerdy boys (see previous quotation). We haven’t really given the boy-next-door a chance at love in most contemporary novels. It’s mostly the bad boys who rule the world. So I must give mad props to Megan for writing such a fresh storyline that’s equally wonderful and agreeable.
Kat Caruso has to be one of the most interesting and charming NA heroines I have ever read about. She hires tutors to help her pass college statistics to no avail, that is until Alec Stone comes along. What I liked about Kat is her bubbly personality. I think the perfect description for her would have to be adorable but in a more sensible fashion.
And then we have Alec. He’s the one tutor who managed to actually help Kat with her mathematical woes. He’s also Max’s best friend who in turn is the current boyfriend of Kat. Besides having a knack for solving for exes, he’s also an avid runner — a detail which I thoroughly appreciated. But behind that charming and easygoing exterior lies a broken young man who went through a tragic past full of loss.
I really liked Alec’s character! I thought he was an excellently written. I also love his belief in fighting with words instead of throwing a punch. Finally, a non-violent love interest. I want to read from his perspective though. I’m hoping Megan will take this into consideration…
I thought Kat and Alec’s relationship was very, very cute. I love reading their hilarious banter and how they awkwardly interact with each other. But most of all, they compliment each other. They’re like peanut butter and jelly (if you’ve read this book, then you’ll get the inside reference). But of course, there were some misunderstandings along the way. And it was honestly tearing me inside. I JUST WANT THEM TO MAKE PEACE AND LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Unfortunately, this is real life. And real life equals to lots of drama.
What makes Make It Count unique for me is its deep exploration of personal struggles particularly with the human mind. Kat is dyslexic and shows signs of ADD. It’s the reason why she’s having a hard time with her studies. I love how Megan explores this stigma instead of just mentioning it as a character detail. And I love how Kat is determined to overcome this obstacle for the sake of her future.
As for the other characters, I’m really intrigued about Max! It was mentioned that he has some serious family problems, but it wasn’t really elaborated other than his father treats him unfairly. GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK ALREADY.
Overall, this book gave me more than what I had expected. Other than the swoon-worthy romance, there were some great themes thrown in here as well like personal issues (as I mentioned above) and how the characters deal with it. I hope this book inspires people especially those with mental disorder.
*An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.