New Release and My Review: The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris

New Release and My Review:  The Natural History of Us by Rachel HarrisThe Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #2
Genres: Romance, Second Chance Romance, Young Adult
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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.

I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

The Natural History of Us is book two in The Fine Art of Pretending Series by Author Rachel Harris. It is a YA novel and can be read as a standalone.

“A smile doesn’t always mean you’re happy. Some times it just means you’re ready to face whatever comes.”

Justin Carter and Peyton Williams. Their listed names was the handwriting on the wall.  Events of the past pushed them apart, but the timing may be right now for them to live for the future.

“Life is nothing but a string of crazy, wrapped up in a giant ball of what-the-hells.”

There is something I love and find refreshing about reading YA. It is the innocence and freshness of life. This book embodied that and lifted my spirits with it. By twelve percent, I had settled nicely into The Natural History of Us like it was my comfy bed and blankets and was the most common thing to do.  The characters were lovable, vulnerable, and uncertain throughout much of the story, giving an angst-filled time.  However, they also had great points of strength from which each person drew to give visible transformations. The storyline was interestingly told in the past and present, so that I was able to get a complete picture and reference for where the characters began and where they were in the present.  Nearing the end, my heart was full, as each piece of the story came together, and the universe righted itself for all of these lovely young people. Such a sweet escape.

“I want to be with you because you make me laugh. Because you’re confident and smart and actually see me.  Because when I’m with you, I remember how it feels to be alive.”

3.5 Stars

About Rachel Harris

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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