The Deal (Off-Campus #1) – Elle Kennedy


Three out of Five stars


Sweet Jesus.
Penises everywhere.
Horror slams into me as I register what I’m seeing. Oh God. I’ve stumbled onto a penis convention.”

New Adult is like crack to me. No matter how repetitive the stories are, I always go back for more and enjoy every second of it. The Deal is no exception.

The Deal follows Hannah and Garrett’s tumultuous relationship that begins with him failing an exam and begging Hannah for her help. She agrees to tutor him in exchange for a date with him that will make her more desirable to her crush Justin.
It’s a fun idea if you ignore the glaringly obvious issue…

The pacing of this book was great until about 3/4 of the way through. The story started to move slowly with it much happening then picked back up for the last few chapters. In my opinion, the story would have been better off a few chapters less.

The Deal follows the same outline of almost every other New Adult book. The guy and girl don’t get along then eventually fall in love with some sort of serious issue thrown in for an added layer of complexity. This is where The Deal lost me.

Very mild spoilers…

Hannah was raped in the past and has worked through the emotional issues she’s faced. She’s a better and stronger person and is happy with her life. This is great. Seeing a main female character who has moved passed emotional issues is rare, however it felt like the author used rape as a way to give Hannah depth as a character and as a plot device later on in the book. The story would have worked perfectly without it.

Despite all the criticisms I’ve outlined, I actually really enjoyed this book. Hannah is a great character. She’s fun, independent, and witty. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she wants, but she also knows when to fold. garrett is as swoon worthy as they come. He’s your typical sexual bad boy capable of making panties disappear with the flash of a smile, however there is more to him and that becomes apparent quickly. He offers more than just sexual satisfaction.

Overall, The Deal was a fun New Adult Romance with likable characters and witty and funny writing.

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