Calling California

Calling California

by J.P. Grider


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ISBN-13: 9781499219104
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/19/2014
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Calling California 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BookGeekUK More than 1 year ago
**Book received in exchange for an honest review** And when I say that, i mean about 5000 years ago, or so it seems. This was sent and added to my ever growing ARC list which I have decided to work through in no order and complete! 2016 mission. This book has constantly caught my eye and literally, at this point in time, I want to punch myself in the head for not clicking it sooner. It is such a good book!! Cali has grown up without money. Working to help her parents, one of which is dying and the other is working two jobs to try and keep the house afloat, however it doesn't work out that way in the end. We start the book at what seems to be a completely innocent thing where a girl has to go to work with her mother who is waitressing at a private/house function and there Cali meets one of the sons of the household. They exchange Gameboys, Cali's classic for his newbie and then we continue on with present day and how that meeting ends up with two hearts entwined, even if 1 is rich and one is poor. There are so many hidden plots within this book it literally sucks you in with each chapter as you watch lies unfold and different paths that they can all take. It's quite clear that Griffin is that boy, but he's now a man and they both hold that meeting dear to their hearts. The story teaches you to not pass judgment on people. To not tarnish everyone with the same brush and accept help when you have it offered to you. It also makes you realize that lies always come out! (which I knew, ask my ex) and regardless of reasoning behind it, the outcome is the same. Pushing your nearest and dearest loved ones away won't help and if you're meant to be you're meant to be. Love doesn't see colour, race, wealth or size. It sees that two people belong together, through thick and thin.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: When I first started this story, it took a little bit for me to get invested. I'm not sure what it was that made me hesitant, but once I reached a certain point I couldn't stop reading. I needed to know what was going to happen with Cali and Griffin. They both may come from two different worlds, but feel that they can make it work, that what they feel for each other can make it possible. They're both genuine people, and very realistic characters--not stereotypical to the different worlds aspect. The story had some very, very, very sweet moments. Calling California was a surprisingly refreshing new adult novel. I enjoyed J.P. Grider's writing, as well as her storytelling. The story has a little bit of everything it needs, and even though the secret was a little out there, it all came back around. The love growing between Cali and Griffin is obvious, and well done. You can feel the characters as though they're right there with you. I'm interested in reading the next book in the Hunter Hill University series, Mending Michael. My Rating: Very Good
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Oh, NA genre…sometimes you have true moments of greatness, but I find mostly you have moments of mediocrity. Recycled storylines and dull characters, these are unfortunately what I found to be contained within this story. Calista is a 19 year old college student who has never had it easy. She takes care of her sick father, and has had to shoulder a lot of responsibilities that should be on the back of a much older person. She’s finally beginning college after saving the money for two years straight to make it possible. Griffin is basically the polar opposite of Cali. He’s carefree and comes from money. They meet one day when Griffin goes to the bank to cash a check for which there is insufficient funds. Cali feels sorry for him and offers him her last $10 (I have to admit, that was really sweet). This automatically tugs at Griffin’s heartstrings. When they discover that they go to school together, their relationship begins to develop. However, it’s not all rainbows and puppy dogs as they begin to reveal things about each other. Will their relationship be strong enough to overcome some big hurdles not just in the present, but in the past as well? This is your basic poor girl/rich guy story. There are a few humdingers thrown in there to add drama to the story but I have to say that overall this was banal for me. I pretty much guessed where the story would eventually end about 20% into it, which made the remaining 80% a bit of a struggle. I do not think it is a poorly written book; that was not the issue. The writing is talented for sure. I think where it really got me was in the originality of the plot. Been there, done that. I mean, the idea is sweet but I feel like I have read this same story a million times. The characters to me felt more like caricatures. They were both so over the top in their own ways that it really teetered on the edge of unbelievable for me. Cali has such incredibly ingrained prejudices against money that it’s almost laughable. She’s very judgmental for someone so young, and maybe I am missing something important here, but it really made me not like her. She has a sweet side, but for the most part I really felt like the drama taking place between her and Griffin was manufactured. It was drama for the sake of drama. If I knew someone like her in real life I think I’d assume they were unstable and run far and very fast. Not to mention Griffin is just a major pushover. I don’t like over the top alpha males, but he was basically a polar opposite to the OTT alpha. He was a wimp. He lets Cali just walk all over him. In real life, my advice to Griffin would be to grow a pair, dude. Overall, this book just really didn’t do it for me. As I said it flowed and was written well, but the plot and characters were just a big turn off to me in the end. I really struggled to finish this one. 3 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
   I'm really on the fence with Calling California. The premise of this story definitely had my interest. There were parts of it that I enjoyed immensely. But there were also parts that felt off to me and left me confused while reading it. All in all, I'm torn when it comes to this book.    A big draw back for me was the characters. Cali really grated on my nerves. There was an overwhelming vibe of judgement on Cali's part. It really held me back from connecting with her. There is a repetitive diatribe about Cali's life in poverty. While I have complete sympathy for her struggles, I don't need to be reminded every other page that she hasn't had the most stable life. I would rather read about her overcoming the obstacles of life rather than the reiteration of her less than pleasant situation.    The main issue with this book for me was the romance, though. Whenever a book is marked as a contemporary romance, I expect it to sell me on the romance. Calling California just didn't do that for me. I never believed in the story.    What I enjoyed about this story was the author's writing style. It's a very descriptive style that is easy to read. I think with a different set of characters, I would have enjoyed this book so much more. Like I mentioned at the beginning, the premise of this story was really something I looked forward to. I just wish that the characters could have delivered on that.  **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
3 stars = I liked it and it was a GOOD read This is a difficult book for me to rate. I loved half the book and I loathed the other half. The parts of the book I liked were Nate, Mary, and Griffin (whom I absolutely love). What I didn’t like was Ellie, Tabitha, and Cali – yep, almost every major female character – and Bucky (but I don’t think we’re meant to like him). So I’m pretty much averaging 5 stars for the parts I loved with 1 star for the parts I hated. That said, Ms. Grider is a talented writer and I can recognize that despite hating some of the characters she created, because she did create characters I loved.  It’s unusual for me to be so torn by a book, so I’m really not sure how to review Calling California. As I said, I love Griffin. He’s such a nice guy; he’s down-to-earth despite his family’s wealth. He never lorded his money over Cali, nor attempted to make her feel inferior. And that’s probably exactly why I had such a hard time liking Cali. Yeah, I get she had it rough. I grew up in a financial situation only mildly better than hers, but I cannot relate to that mountain-sized chip she’s got on her shoulder. She acts as if people with money are always judging her, when in reality the people with money that she meets never judge her – it’s her judging them. This is not to say that I never liked Cali’s character. There are plenty of times when she’s with Griffin and later in the book with Nate, that she’s absolutely adorable. But, her prejudice toward people with money overshadows those interactions and just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  All in all, I would say that Calling California just isn’t the book for me. There are parts that I loved, but they just couldn’t overcome the negativity that seemed to emanate from Cali, Ellie, and Tabitha. That said, I am interested in reading the next book in the series because I liked Ms. Grider’s writing – it’s not her fault I didn’t like some of her characters.  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
OldVictorianQuill More than 1 year ago
Calling California was such a unique read in the new adult genre, that it has stayed with me long after finishing it. Cali is one of those characters that I immediately rooted for, the fact that she had flaws (and quite major ones at that) made me identify with her as a real person and feel excited to see how she’d progress and develop as a person throughout the novel. Having a character who is very clearly living a life of ‘the poor’ was a really interesting basis for the story, and to see Cali’s very strong aversion to the wealthy was really unique and had me fascinated. All too often I’ve read about how the rich look down on the poor, so it was brilliant to see just how this can so easily be switched around. Whilst I can accept that some readers might find Cali’s disdain for anybody with money a little unfair and can at times make her unlikeable, I for one loved seeing just how much her relationship with Griffin changed her perception of money, and that it isn’t so much rich and poor, but what people do with what they have. The chapter that showed Cali and Griffin as youngsters was beautiful and really set the tone of the whole novel. I loved the sweet and romantic side to Cali and Griffin’s relationship, and how they felt comfortable enough to be witty with each other. The slow development of Cali’s trust in Griffin also made for some really brilliantly written scenes where we see Cali’s doubt in Griffin because of his privileged background, despite his caring and down-to-earth nature, and the fact that she knew she was falling for him. This isn’t just a beautiful romance though, there are a lot of emotional family scenes which really make this book stunning. Cali’s father is dying throughout the book, and we see the heartbreaking reality of a young girl who can’t handle watching her father die a slow and painful death, yet her guilt at leaving him alone in his final days. I shed a tear reading these scenes and it really clenched at the heart. I loved the mystery behind the characters pasts as well. I don’t want to spoil for people who have yet to read it so will just say that not all is as it seems. I really disliked Cali’s mother for her cruelty to her daughter in the hopes of making herself seem less at blame, yet I also felt for her situation. Cali however was so strong throughout and I really hoped that she would come out of her journey unscathed, despite her mother’s attempts to hurt her, in the hopes of keeping her close in her misery. This really was a fantastic story which has stayed with me long after finishing it. Griffin is the perfect hero, and I really loved his desire to do right by Cali, and his guilt at having to hide things from her so that he could keep her from further pain. 5 Stars! *Review copy was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities in exchange for an honest review*
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “My own eyes close, but not before reveling in the fact that I just made love for the very first time.  A virgin I was not, but my sexual experience before Griffin was emotionally indifferent – no passion, no desire, not even a real physical fondness for each other.  But with Griffin… my entire world has changed.  I found a place where I belong.”   "I will never discount your feelings, Calista.  Everything you feel, I want to feel.  I want to be there when you cry, be there when you laugh, I want to be there… for you… always.  I want to feel your heart beating against mine, and I want to be the one that makes it beat.  Every breath you let out, I want to inhale.  Every breath I take, I take for you.  You are the reason I’ve come alive Calista.  You are the reason… I breathe,”… “The blood in my veins must be on fire, because everything inside me is burning.” My Review: I am stingy with 5 star reviews, I seldom give them out.  I reserve those for really great writing that “moves” me… meaning I either have to laugh aloud or cry.  This novel is one of those rare finds… it brought me to tears several times.  It was very touching and sweet, as well as realistic and heartbreaking.  Ms. Grider’s writing is simply poignant, and remarkably insightful in depicting the conflict and confusion our young heroine is struggling with in choosing her path and making sense of her world, her parents’ world, and her new relationship with a boy outside of her social class.  No spoilers here, but make sure to start it early in the day when you have a clear schedule, as I was unable to put it down and subsequently suffered a book hangover the next day.  I feel hesitant to start a new book as I want to think about and savor this one just a little longer.  
Haloangelreads More than 1 year ago
The story is amazing once i started i could not put it down and i have not had that with a book for a while. Cali she is a strong person working he backside off just to have enough money to help pay for day to day things for her family, her dad is dying with cancer and her mum works two jobs just to pay rent and everything else. Cali took two years off of school just so she could save enough money to go. Griffin a rich boy doesnt have to do anything for money he has a trust fund and everything he wants he just has to ask and he will get. They meet twice once when they were little at a christmas eve party at griffins house but this time they dont tell each other their names so they cant find each other. the second time was the frist class of collage for Cali, she could not stop looking at him, to me the are soulmates ment to be together but things happen secrets come out but you will have to read it to what happens for Griffin and Cali.  i have given this book a 4 reader rating because i loved it from the moment i started reading it.
Kawehi More than 1 year ago
”Cali? Nice name. What's it short for? California?” ~ Griffin Oooh!! I liked this one!! It's basically rich boy meets poor girl, yes, but it's MORE than that. You see, Calista “Cali/California” Parker hasn't had an easy life. Growing up in a working class, she knows what it's like to struggle and to live paycheck to paycheck. With rent, utilities, and her ailing father's medical bills to worry about... that's just a glimpse of her worries. Now ready to pursue her education after two years of putting it off, Cali enrolls herself at Hunter Hill University while working part time at a local bank. Only, life is about to get interesting for the hardworking 19-year old as she thus meets rich, carefree, ladies man, Griffin Brooks, and both of their worlds are forever turned upside down. Cali thinks he's out of her league but Griffin feels otherwise. And with responsibilities at home stacking up, how will everything work out? "Yeah I worry a lot about money. When you don't know where the next meal is coming from of how your mother's gonna afford to pay the rent and electricity and... and all the f*#kin' medical bills by herself, you worry. I make a measly eight-fifty an hour on a thirty hour a week job. Most of that covers my car insurance, my gas, and half the groceries. Not to mention the student loans I'm already paying interest on each month. So excuse me for worrying a lot about money." Perfectly put, Cali! So now, Griffin... Griffin Brooks has it all: from an endless bank account to anything he could want in the world. Then he meets Cali and he starts questioning the quality of money and all of the things he's taken for granted. But when fate rears its ugly head and throws in one startling and game changing revelation, will Cali and Griffin's budding romance be strong enough to succumb the odds? Or will social clashes and secrets cause “their worlds to drift further apart?” Read and you will find out! My thoughts: So, as I said in the beginning of my review, I really liked this story! J.P. Grider does a fantastic job of interweaving a bunch of themes in the plot and characters ranging from: social class, inferiority, poverty, the power of pride, and the of inevitability of death. To me, all of these themes balanced really nicely and created a sense of diversity and versatility. Like for instance: Cali and Griffin grew up figuratively at total different totem poles of society and yet from this aspect alone, they're not so different after all. Cali and Griffin's characters' were so practical, so easy to relate with, and so REAL. Cali is the type of girl who will give you the money off her back if you ever needed it and Griffin is not the overly arrogant, cocky, or obnoxious type of rich kid that is annoying or has some sort of mommy or daddy hang up/issues. J.P. Rider does a great job in showing the give and take of these characters as they learn from one another and see things from each other's different perspectives. You can really feel the emotions flow from the both of them and see where they're coming from: Griffin, reevaluating the world and seeing that it isn't as black and white as he's always believed things to be. And then Cali: her hesitance to get involved with Griffin due to their completely different upbringings to her stubborn and prideful persona. In a nutshell, it's as Tabitha, Cali's bestie puts it: ”When two people love each other, their worlds can blend. It's no longer his world and her's their world. You find a place where you fit...together. I think you're being just as snooty as the people you're so afraid to socialize with. ..And I'm sorry if I'm offending you, but you're being just as stubborn and proud as your mother.” Heh, I couldn't agree more!! I am now curious as to where the author is going to take book two of the series, seeing that Griffin and Cali's story was nicely wrapped up, and am hoping for Nathan's story. Maybe a Nathan x Tabitha story? Hmm. I don't know. All I know is that I want Nathan to have his own novel in this series and I don't care who with! *Pretty please!*