Review: The Natural History of Us (The Fine Art of Pretending #2)

The Natural History of Us

The Natural History of Us (The Fine Art of Pretending #2) by Rachel Harris

Published April 5th 2016 by Spencer Hill Contemporary

Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance

Recommended to: people who like cute, fluffy romance

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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.

REVIEW

This is on sale on Kindle now for only $1.99 so grab this chance while it lasts! The first book is also $1.99. 😀

Although this is the second book in the series, readers can read this as a stand-alone.

Rating: ★★★★☆

I LOVED The Fine Art of Pretending so I was really excited about this.

Justin, our guy, appeared in the first book and a lot of people loved him (myself included) that Rachel decided to give him his own happy ending.

For me, this book will only appeal to certain types of readers. The plot lies heavily on romance and I only recommend it to people who are suckers for romances like me (haha).

It took me a while to get into this and I almost gave up. It was told in two POVs (Justin’s and  Peyton’s) in two different timeframes (freshman and senior year). It was quite confusing at first but once you get the hang of it, you will realize that it is what made this book special. The contrast and growth in Justin and Peyton’s character over the years was handled perfectly. You can definitely see how much they’ve changed.

This book was also surprising in some parts. There were scenes that made my jaw drop (literally!) because they were totally unexpected and I didn’t see them coming. Don’t get your hopes up, though. It wasn’t exactly mind blowing, just unexpected, but great nonetheless.

This is only my second Rachel Harris book but I can definitely say that she writes swoon-worthy romances. It’s the primary reason why I chose to read this one on Valentines day (sad, I know, haha!).

“I wish I could be as confident as you,” I reply with a small laugh.
“Then I’ll be confident enough for the both of us.”

This book is perfect when you want to take a break from really complicated and heavy plots.

P.S. Author Rachel Harris is such a nice person and likes to interact with her readers. I once messaged her on Goodreads after reading The Fine Art of Pretending because I loved it to bits. She replied to me and asked if I would like to join her Facebook group, Flirt Squad, where she interacts with everyone and asks opinions and suggestions on her next book. I’m the type of reader who reads even the acknowledgements and she’s mentioned a few people in that group and even named one of the characters in this book after one. 😀

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