Life after high school still blows
Between a judgmental beauty advice columnist mom who sends clothes several sizes too small, and social media sex-shaming her senior year of high school, Faith Lacerna needs a self-confidence boost. Being a freshman at Fortis University in Silicon Valley will be fine, as long as she doesn’t attract attention. Except wearing oversized hoodies in sunny California isn’t the best choice for blending in.
When football jock Caleb St. John shows interest, she recommits to studying anything but the hot tight end. Caleb wants to lose himself in football, avoid his unfaithful ex-girlfriend, and – unlike his cheating dad – live his life with integrity. He knows there’s more to Faith than baggy clothes. Her humor and audacity spark more than Caleb’s competitive nature.
Faith doesn’t want to be interested, but Caleb’s kindness and sense of adventure has her hooked. She soon realizes she needs to confront her hurts and fears if she wants to embrace a relationship with Caleb and not let the past intercept her future.
Grissom's deeply-felt debut introduces a remarkable heroine whose body image issues are rendered with expert precision. Full-figured Faith Lacerna developed an adult body in elementary school and the subsequent teasing and harassment have lingered with her into college. Her only sexual encounter in high school ended with her humiliated when pictures taken of her without her consent were posted on social media, and she enters college determined never to allow herself to be that vulnerable again. Then the utterly gorgeous Caleb St. John accidently beans her with a Frisbee. Caleb is the antithesis of every cruel man in Faith's past, and he's captivated by his "fantasy girl," who refuses to give him the time of day. Faith's all-to-human self-esteem issues are achingly convincing, while sweet, persistent Caleb, who is dealing with his ex-girlfriend's betrayal and, later, with a personal tragedy, is sure to make readers swoon. Grissom's skill for considerate characterization also extends to Faith's spirited sidekicks, Kirsty and Beau, and Caleb's wise friend Everest. Smart, believable, and endearing, this unputdownable romance will win Grissom plenty of fans.