Friday, August 15, 2014

Calling California (Hunter Hill Unviersity #1) by J. P. Grider

Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate - her father is dying, she's working to help pay the rent, and she's two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world - he's acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she's immediately smitten and thinks she's found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn't belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn't understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?

First line:
 The house is huge. I mean, it's like the size of my school huge.
review copy from author
4 cups of coffee out of 5
Griffin is rich. Cali is poor. She also hates rich people. Naturally, these two should never have ended up together. Yet, a mistake leads to Cali believing that Griffin is just as poor as her. Well, maybe not as poor, but definitely poor. Cali's giving nature is what draws Griffin in. He sees the good in her. The fact that she was willing to give her last ten dollars to somebody in need is astounding.

I love that Griffin will point out where Cali might be wrong or prejudice, but still tries to understand where she's coming from. I also like that he is willing to fight for her and take care of her even when she's livid at him. Griffin was also in a position to make a tough call, and he made the decision that was best for Cali's relationship with her mother, not what was best for his relationship with Cali. That says a lot about a person.

Calling California is a great novel about bridging gaps between people and doing what right even when it may not benefit you. I can't wait to read more books about the people at Hunter Hill University!

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