Love, Lex By Avery Aster
The Undergrad Years #1
Published April 14th 2014
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o Giselle from Xpresso Reads.
Summary: This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.
Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right? —Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.
The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.
Reader warning: Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up.
Okay, I’ve said it before. When it comes to New Adult, I tend to tread lightly. Before I begin, I’d like to remind you again that this does contain mature content so reader discretion is advised.
When I first read the synopsis, that was what pulled me in. It sounded like Gossip Girl with a bit more pizzazz. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the expectation I was having.
Love, Lex follows the story of Lex, who is desperate to lose her virginity to her boyfriend — only to find him fooling around with her mother. Later, while attempting to burn some old memories, Lex ends up blowing her mother’s penthouse down and getting thrown into jail.
Truthfully, I enjoyed the premise of it and I enjoyed the writing. It was witty and funny, which really added to the characterization of Lex. The concept and premise of the book was really interesting. Considering that this was a novella and only seven chapters long, it had pretty good content and was sufficient.
What took away the enjoyment for me was sadly, the sex. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve read New Adult and hand my two-off trial with Erotica so sex isn’t essentially the issue. But Lex reeked of desperation. She was so thirsty for sex that it became an eventual turn off. For somebody who is still a virgin, she knows a lot about sex (not that it’s a bad thing) and fantasizes a lot about it (and very quickly). The ending was alright for me, I kind of wanted more for Lex and felt that she deserved better.
Is this a book for everyone? Maybe, maybe not. But it doesn’t hurt for you to try. I do know that the next book is about one of her friends and her background seems interesting, so I may continue reading the series (I also liked the author’s writing).
I also understand that this is a prequel to a whole other series where they’re older (maybe? Don’t quote me on that) so perhaps, again, I might go on to that series. I’m keen to see what happens to Lex after this.