The Natural History of Us

The Natural History of Us

by Rachel Harris

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The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitmentgirl who's forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has asecret.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 aliar.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.

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ISBN-13: 9781633920682
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 728,023
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, 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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The Natural History of Us 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Jess_at_From_Me_to_You More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 stars!! It had always been Peyton’s plan to attend Fairfield Academy (instead of being homeschooled) once she reached her Freshman year of high school. However, coming down with an unexpected illness not long before she began the school year definitely was not in her plan. Therefore, she begins at Fairfield Academy once she is in recovery during the middle of her Freshman year, which is the same day she meets Justin (all-round Fairfield Academy hottie, player, and baseball player). They come from completely different worlds but they are drawn together and fall into a sort-of relationship quickly. Yet, when things get tough, Justin makes a plan to brake them up. Yet, though Justin’s plan works and he goes back to his player ways, he regrets it more than anything else. So, during the last month, or so, of their Senior year when Peyton and Justin get thrown together for a school project Justin plans on laying it all on the line to win Peyton back for good. But will he be too late? This touching sweet YA romance, will leave you reeling one moment and then contentedly rooting for Justin and Peyton the next. Unexpectedly charming. There was no point when I hated either Justin or Peyton, they were such good characters, and their backstories made me feel for both of them. The depth of this novel intrigued me so much I had a tough time putting it down. Justin and Peyton’s attraction, instant connection, and camaraderie were what won me over. Then adding in Peyton’s attitude towards Justin when their project begins gave the novel an entertaining twist that gets the reader immersed in their “relationship” from the beginning. They may look like opposites, because of their family backgrounds and where they live, but at the core of who they are, they seem to have a lot of similarities. It made me happy to see them coming together after so long being apart. Especially since, once they start to working out their issues between themselves they help each another to overcome the fears that have been holding them back from their desires and each other, which all creates a great ending. I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a compassionate YA romance! Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews -- read more of this review and OVER THREE TEASERS on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
One class assignment. One second chance at love... THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US by Rachel Harris is the second installment in her The Fine Art of Pretending series. It is both a sweet second-chance at-love story and an engaging coming-of-age tale. Favorite characters from the first book are much in evidence. It can be read as a stand-alone read, but, just know that the hero, Justin Carter, was previously introduced in the first book. If you have the time, I would recommend reading the previous book prior to starting this one. This is the story of high school star baseball player Justin Carter and Peyton Manning Williams. A few years ago, when they were each fifteen, these two were a couple. But, when their relationship ended abruptly, it ended badly Now, Justin knows he made a mistake and is determined to get her back. From the beginning, it's obvious that Peyton is mad at him and as we stroll down their memories lane, we discover how and why Justin cruelly broke her heart. Peyton has moved on and is now in a relationship with her best friend who she doesn't love, but who has stayed by her side through thick and thin. Justin's road to earning Peyton's trust back is not paved. Lucky for him, they've been assigned to work together in a marriage-and-family class assignment. I really liked Justin in the first book, but did not like him with Aly who was paired with him then. His home life is the pits. He is well-liked at school, but has a reputation as a player. How that reputation evolved, and if it's true, comes to light. He is bravado on the outside, but surprisingly vulnerable on the inside. Peyton lives on a ranch with her loving, supportive family. She and her siblings are named after star athletes. Her family is very protective of her since she's been sick. She still experiences lingering weakness. She's had a rough time, breaking up with Justin, becoming afflicted with Guillain-Barre syndrome, no longer able to ride, and now, her family is facing financial ruin. The last thing she needs is to allow Justin to break her heart - and her spirit - a This story is told from dual-points of-view and over a dual timeline. I did not care for the back and forth in time narrative. It was confusing to me. I would have preferred to have their past history told advancing to their present-day story. The story also could have been a tad faster-paced. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed being privy to the thoughts of both primary characters and, well, Rachel writes YA romances like no other. I love Rachel's books and have been looking forward to reading Justin's story. I'm happy to report that it didn't disappoint. If you are a fan of YA romances with life-lessons moments and plenty of heart including the sweetest kisses ever written, the books in the Fine Art of Pretending series should be on your want-to-read-soon list. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and can't wait to find out who will get their story told next! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4 stars — I was so intrigued by Justin’s character in The Fine Art of Pretending, and I was so happy with the story we got for him! There was a lot to it, and I appreciated all the little nuances. Justin was EVERYTHING. I mean, he was a straight up a-hole for what he did in freshman year, but he was so vulnerable and damaged and I just wanted something good to happen to him. Seeing all his emotions when he was at Peyton’s for Easter was just…tore my heart out, you know? He really did have a lot to learn and a lot of growing up to do, but I felt like I saw him do that. And I loved that while he wasn’t perfect and got a bit too jealous and manipulative with Cade, I appreciated that he also wanted what was best for Peyton. Peyton was a bunch of awesome too. You could feel her sunshiney self peeking through in the freshman years, how much she appreciated life, how fearless she attempted to be, how guileless she was. I loved that she saw past Justin’s facade, and couldn’t help but reach out to him and try to make him see himself through her eyes. I was less impressed with senior year Peyton, but I also understood how she came to be that way. She actually regressed, but there were still bits of her true self inside. I wished I could have seen her growth better. I wasn’t happy with the way she treated Cade and the way that all played out in the end. I wanted her to own up to her feelings and be a better person than she was (even though I get that no one’s perfect and we all make mistakes). I think she was awfully lucky that Cade handled it as well as he did and she didn’t lose a friend. I get that he should have known that she didn’t love him in the same way, but she’s still playing with someone’s feelings, you know?? I hated that. I LOVED the development of Peyton and Justin’s relationship in the past. They were so cute together and I totally saw how they complemented each other and brought out good things in each other. I loved their connection, and while I was a bit weirded out thinking about 15 year olds getting it on (that seems so young), I sort of let it pass. The present was a bit harder, b/c there were misunderstandings, hurt feelings, all that stuff in their way. Not to mention another boyfriend. But I loved the few moments we got with them together working on the project. The connections they made were palpable. I loved the answers she gave that first date night. I also loved how he helped her get over her fears and get back to herself. I LOVED the introduction of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. A friend of my SIL actually suffered from this, and while I’m not close to her and don’t know all she went through, what I heard through my SIL sounded just insane. It was nice to see it brought up and addressed if that makes sense. It wasn’t present in such a way that we really saw her go through it, just the aftermath and how it affected Peyton and her family. Honestly, a whole chunk of this book was solid 5 stars. Honest to goodness. There was a lot of emotion in it, and some pretty interesting ups and downs that felt authentic for a teenage relationship. I even enjoyed the past and present parts, they seemed to fit and flow fairly well. Occasionally it got a bit confusing, just because the senior/freshman thing wasn’t super prominent and so I wouldn’t initially realize which one we were in (not to mention one of the past flashbacks had the wrong date — May instead of January). But the part that lost that who
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved The Fine Art of Pretending and was so happy to see another book from the same literary world! It's the kind of heartwarming YA romance that I love so much that keeps me turning pages. I couldn't get enough of Justin and Peyton's love story-- I think I enjoyed it even more than the original! Fun read.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
"Everyone knows I'm not good for much, but I was made to love this girl. I'm good for her and I'm good with her. It may've taken me three years to fully realize that, but I know it now. Soon, she will too." The Natural History of Us is the second book in The Fine Art of Pretending series and it follows the story of Peyton and Justin. Even though this is the second book in this series, it can totally be read as a stand-alone. Peyton and Justin's story is a great second chance romance and story of redemption. When we first meet up with Peyton, Peyton and Justin have been thrown together to work on a class project. That's the last thing Peyton wants. You see, Peyton and Justin used to be together. Peyton was very much in love with him, until Justin broke her heart. But, Justin has a secret. Even though three years have passed, it hasn't changed his feelings for Peyton. And now that the two have to work together, Justin is hoping to finally set the past right and show Peyton that the two of them are meant to be together. The Natural History of Us was a quick and easy read for me. It was a super sweet story of redemption, fighting for what you want and a second chance at love. I fell in love with Peyton and Justin almost instantly. I loved the chemistry that they had and you could tell right away that these two had a lot of unfinished business. I loved that their story was not only told from dual points of view, but it was also told in past and present tense. So, it really gave you a feel for who the characters are, where things went wrong and how they've changed. Once again, Rachel Harris has showed me why I enjoy YA so much. She has given me a well written story with a fun and entertaining story-line. She's provided me with characters that you just can't help but fall in love with and will find yourself rooting for them to figure things out and grab that HEA. The Natural History of Us is light and funny with just the right amount of angst, drama and romance. I can't wait to read more from this series!
Sadie707 More than 1 year ago
The Natural History of Us is the second book in The Fine Art of Pretending series, and one of the best YA romances I have read in a very long time. Rachel Harris has impeccable writing and gave me a very realistic view of the teenage world. This book is like a breath of fresh air, and I will welcome more books from her with wide open arms. It’s not until she’s good and flustered and clinging to my shoulders, breathless, that I lift my head. Gasping for breath myself, I brokenly whisper, “Peyton Williams, I’m crazy in love with you.” Justin is the hottest baseball player in Fairfield Academy and he doesn’t let anyone forget that. He puts on a front that he’s the biggest player in the school when really he’s head over heels in love with Peyton. Trying to win back her heart is his ultimate goal in the last remaining weeks of their senior year, and he won’t stop at nothing in order to do that. “I mean it, Sunshine. You deserve better, but if you still want me even after knowing what a disaster I am, then I’m all in. I’m too selfish to walk away.” I leaned back. “But don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Peyton struggles with the past and what comes along with it. Trying to forget her lost love Justin isn’t an easy feat. When she is stuck with him for their last assignment of the year before high school is finally over, she dreads the weeks to come. Drudging up old feelings wasn’t what Peyton had in mind, but Justin isn’t just any old flame. He’s the love of her life. Wild horses couldn’t stop my smile. This boy was it for me. It was as simple as that. Even crazier, it seemed like I was it for him. The love between Justin and Peyton is as real as it gets. It’s messy, beautiful, and full of swoon-worthy moments. This was not an insta-love romance and I was SO THANKFUL for that. I felt like I was reading a private diary because of how personal the book became. My love for Justin and Peyton will never cease to exist. These characters will be staying with me until the end of time.
VBartles More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for second-chance-at-love stories, and this one doesn't disappoint. Justin and Peyton used to be in love, once upon a time back in freshman year. And they still are. But it's a secret. So secret that they haven't even told each other. But now they're partners for a school project, and Justin finally has a chance to make up for his freshman-year mistakes and win Peyton back. Justin won me over from the very first chapter, and even though I totally understood why Peyton didn't trust him with her heart, I was absolutely cheering for them to reconcile. Which is saying a lot, if you know me. I've never been a fan of "the bad boy" as a love interest (give me the nice guy any day!) so I'll admit that I wasn't 100% certain I'd be able to love this match-up. But Rachel Harris is a master of character development, and it was obvious right from the start that Justin wasn't really the player everyone at Fairfield Academy thought he was. But his secret nice guy status was obvious in a way that didn't have me rolling my eyes or feeling like he was a cliche. And I could honestly cheer for this not-a-bad-boy-at-all to win back his true love. At the same time, I wanted to be best friends with Peyton. I could totally relate to her side of the story too, and I absolutely understood why she wouldn't want to trust Justin's intentions after all this time. As much as I wanted them to get together again, I never felt like the conflict was drawn out artificially. I loved the first book in this series (THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING), and I swooned over THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US. I just wish I could fast forward through time, because I don't want to wait to read more about the kids from Fairfield Academy!
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
I loved the Fine Art of Pretending, Brandon was an amazing book boyfriend and all butI had a soft spot for Justin. This bad boy was so much more in his few pages that I needed more of him. He needed a happy ending that Aly didn't give him. So I've been patiently asking Rachel for teaser while I waited the finished product... but if you haven't read The Fine Art Of Pretending, you shoul go now and come back and tell me how awesome it was and then you can move on to Justin book, because lets be serious, you know you have to read the series in order. Now moving on... Justin is a player. We all know that and we all love it. But he had girlfriend *gasp* and he is determined to get her back, even though that means he has to work through some of his own issues, his fears and weaknesses to become the guy Peyton deserves. And of course, he has to convince her to take him back. Peyton is a good girl with a broken heart and all she wants is to graduate and scape her own memories, but fate has other plans when she gets paired with Justin for one final proyect. I really really love the journey these two took me. We see a whole new side to Justine that almost no one sees and we see Peyton at her worst and how she bounces back. I liked how both characters simply belonged together. The book goes back and forth in time showing us how they first met, fell in love and broke up while showing how they reconnected. And I have a love relationship with this kind of books because the OCD freak in me wants things orderly but there's a little excitment in the chaos of wanting desperately to know what happened while reading how things are developing in the present. And Rachel hasn'st dissapointed me in this aspect. You really get to see their relationship developing slowly and you get to see them grow with time and because of each other and is just wonderful. Going back, the whole belonging together thing also fits perfectly with the time jumps because it shows that maybe they weren't ready for that kind of love when they were younger and how that time apart, while painful, made them grow as individuals that fit better years later. As always, Rachel Harris gave me tummy feelings, good and bad. I laughed and cried and loved every single minute of it. The Natural History of Us is a love story about a boy and a girl who belong together, is about trusting yourself and others and finding happiness. If you want a sweet romance, a book boyfriend to make you swoon a heroine you can easily relate and a great story, then you need to pick up your copy as soon as is out!
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. I thought it was a cute story and a second chance at love for these two. Justin and Peyton have a bit of a history that no one really knows anything about. But in their senior year of high school, they're paired together for a project. No better way to get these two talking again! I really loved when this happened and it forced both of them to figure out what they wanted and how to resolve their pasts. It was fun to watch these two get to know each other again. I have to say, this won't be the last Rachel Harris book I read! I think she's a great storyteller and I can't wait to find out what else she has. I also really want to go back and read the first book in this series.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Cute and sweet, this story feels healing. Both characters are clearing doing that for various reasons. It's the kind of story where you keep reading because you MUST know what came between these two, three years ago. I loved them both and was so cheering for them. Of course, I love me a baseball player. Justin has issues. His home life brings out the mama claws in me. I want to reach inside the pages and *itch slap his dad. And while I don't always understand Justin's choices, I get him. I see too many like him in my classroom. I just want to hug him and tell him that he is worth making good choices. How can I not love Peyton, who's father named her after Peyton Manning?? Yes, her middle name IS Manning. Hehe. I do love her courage. I'm not sure I could be as strong as she was as she continued to go to school with the boy who crushed her heart. Let alone the other issues this girl deals with. She is a rock and I'm so proud of her. She gives Justin a run for his money. He deserved it but I was just so proud of Peyton. The story is told with alternating scenes from the present and the past. We learn slowly what happened the first time these two were together as we watched Justin try and win her back. It was sweet, though I wanted it to move a bit faster. Gathering the pieces of both past and present, I was hoping for their future. The writing is lovely and the story adorable. This is what good YA looks like. If you love that in a story, then don't miss this one.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have always liked Rachel Harris' work and this one is no exception. I loved the story, the characters, the drama, and most importantly the romance. Two teenagers who fell in love and the stay in love. But there is story is not devoid of twists, turns, heartbreak, misery, and ultimately happiness. Peyton hates it when people pity her because of her illness. She is well now and she is going to prove to everyone, especially her parents, that she can take care of herself. She is determined, strong, and capable of doing what needs to be done. Right now school is her main focus. She has a plan, a good one and she will follow it through. Justin is the hot guy, he is used to girls throwing themselves at him. He is not the dating type, hates commitment. His family life is tough but he is used to it. He lives his life taking each day at a time. Then he meets Peyton and things change. He is falling for her and that scares him. He does some silly things and now he has lost any chance he ever had at happiness. Unless things change and he may get his second chance they are both doomed to be apart & unhappy...
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
“The Natural History of Us” by Rachel Harris was emotional for me. It isn’t that it is sad. I became very attached to the characters and when they were dealing with turmoil, I was dealing with turmoil for them. “The Natural History of Us” is pretty special to me because one of the characters is named for my sister. I loved finally getting to know these beloved characters that I have been hearing so much about. Peyton never truly got over Justin and Justin definitely did not get over Peyton. When these two get paired together in class for a project, Peyton thinks it will be a nightmare. All Peyton can think about is how Justin broke her heart freshman year. Since Peyton never really got over Justin, she has been pretending the last few years that she is fine and everything in life will be okay. It is more than just Justin that Peyton is running from, she is also afraid to start barrel racing her horse again. Justin has a secret. This boy is more than in love with Peyton. He thinks that Peyton will never forgive him for the things that he has done, that he lead her to believe that he did. Justin feels like he isn’t worth anything to anyone. Now Justin has to figure out what he wants to do with his life and all he really wants is Peyton. When this school projects gives him the opportunity to try to win her back, he jumps on it. I really liked Justin and Peyton’s story. I felt like these two characters were truly meant for each other. I was extremely impressed with the relationship these two had even when they were not in a relationship. Peyton is so stubborn. She doesn’t want to get her heart hurt, so she is bound and determine to ignore Justin and just work with him on the school project and nothing else. I am a huge fan of Harris’ writing and I am always looking forward to her next book and “The Natural History of Us” was no exception. I loved this book. With that being said, I wish there was a bit more realistic panicking to the young adults. I understand that today’s society is completely okay with teenagers having sex, but really they shouldn’t be. It was made too casual for my taste and then facing the consequences, I feel like it was brushed over just a bit and jumped into the problem of why they broke up rather than the issue that Peyton and Justin were dealing with at hand. I do wish there was more awareness around the subject. I thought the dual perspective with the dual timeline worked really well with Justin and Peyton’s stories. I thought it was one of the smoother dual timelines that I have read. I really enjoyed how Harris was able to keep each story and perspective straight in this book. I loved Peyton and Justin. I am so glad that I got to know each of them better. I would love to see more of Fairfield Academy. I don’t think Harris’ should leave it behind just yet. I know some of the other characters deserve some stories too. I am looking forward to whatever she may have up her sleeves.
MoriahALeisureMoment More than 1 year ago
Would it be too ostentatious to go ahead and order everything Rachel Harris has ever written? Goodness gracious me, her books are wonderful! How on this beautiful earth am I just now discovering her writing? I swooned over Brandon and Aly’s friendship turned faux romance turned real romance in The Fine Art of Pretending, but when their story ended, I did have a few questions about the other characters in her book. For instance, Justin Carter. Oh la la, what a guy. I had a crush on him in the first book, a strange yet wonderful thing to happen in a book where he was the guy I secretly wanted to go away. But who says he can’t have love, right? I jumped at the opportunity to get this ARC because I’m a sucker for all things love and romance and squealed with delight when I realized just what and who this story would be about. Not a fan of Rachel Harris yet? Psh, read this book and you will be! Le sigh. Baseball player with a winning smile and a secret heart of gold—boys in books have ruined me forever, to be completely honest. Justin Carter sneaked his way into my heart when he dated Aly, but he won me over completely when I got inside his head. Obviously since half of the book was told in his point of view, I got to see a completely different side to him. In The Fine Art of Pretending, his family issues and the reason behind his Casual relationships was only briefly discussed. In this book, all of those insecurities, the real reason behind his transient love life, and the beginning and end of a relationship that could have been amazing, is explained. I fell hard for Justin and loved all of his faults, as well as his inherent desire to rise above and be better even when the odds were stacked against him. Peyton had a likeable spirit. She had an unknown strength that needed to be unearthed by a certain baseball player with an irresistible smile. One of the most important aspects of this novel was the switching back and forth between the second semester of freshmen year and the end of senior year. Without the rotation, so much of what made Peyton uniquely Peyton would have been hidden from the readers. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of new love and two broken hearts trying to find their way back to each other. Peyton’s best moments were during her freshmen year, the times that she still believed in herself and wanted to literally jump back on her horse and start barrel racing again. As a result, I found myself rooting for her to discover the girl that still lived there. Yes, the romance was amazing and I wanted the coveted happily ever after, but I also liked watching a girl who had every reason in the world to give up continue to fight for what she wanted. Is there going to be more of these characters? Perhaps Carlos? His relationship with Gabi happened in the background of the story, and needless to say, my curiosity is at an all time high to see what happens between them. However, if this is the last we read of this world, I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way than the way that it did. It was difficult to put it down whenever I picked it up, but those last pages will make you drop everything you’re doing and dive in until you’ve reached the last page. Seriously, can I have everything Rachel Harris has ever written on my shelves now?
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Tha Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris...This was an awesome story that I could not put down. Rachel Harris has written a beautiful story with great likeable characters. The love between Peyton and Justin is undeniable. Rachel is becoming on of my favorite authors, with her storytelling. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a beautiful story. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I love this series so hard. I was so excited we were getting a story about Justin, and it didn’t disappoint! I think a lot of people can relate to the feeling of loneliness and feeling like we aren’t at our strongest. Justin is so not what we expected after seeing him in The Fine Art of Pretending. We saw a glimpse of a vulnerable side him then. And we get more of the back story now. I feel awful for him. Nobody should be made to feel like he does. I do love that he doesn’t lose his optimism, and he goes after what he wants. That one scene toward the end…. SWOON! I love Peyton’s spunk. She does let what other people think bother her too much. But it’s hard not to when she’s gone through what she has, and had to deal with the emotions from Freshman year. Peyton has to find herself again, and sometimes others help us see our true potential. I loved the Peyton’s story line. I had friends that were into the rodeo scene, and it was very much their life. They lived and breathed rodeo. So it was really easy for me to connect with Peyton. We all face fears, and emotions that are hard to deal with, but with the right people by our sides we can soar!
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and it was just as amazing as the first. Whether it is YA or Contemporary, this author NEVER disappoints! The story starts out in Family and Consumer Sciences class during Peyton and Justin's senior year in high school. There is only three weeks left of school and the teacher decides to assign partners and teach life skills by having the groups be married and complete a project. Of course, Peyton is paired with Justin. Peyton was homeschooled until her freshman year of high school, when she enrolled in Fairfield Academy. On her first day, she meets Justin. Justin becomes one the star baseball players for Fairfield Academy and he was first introduced in The Fine Art of Pretending. During their freshman year, Peyton and Justin secretly date since her father is Justin's baseball coach, until their relationship falls apart after Justin cheats on her. I love dual POV since you get to see the perspectives of both main characters. I also loved that it flipped back and forth from the present to past but not in a forced way. In the present chapters, there would be a moment that would trigger a memory for one of the main characters that would lead into the flashback. All of the unanswered questions and misunderstandings are cleared up by the end and Justin redeems himself both for Peyton and himself. I hope that there are more stories in this series. There are so many characters whose story would be amazing to read. *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*