Review: Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare

Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Sports Contemporary
Publication: August 14th 2018 by Swoon Reads
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 256pages
Format: ARC from publisher
Rating: ★★★★

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Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire — Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

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Huge thanks to my friends from Fierce Reads / Macmillan International for sending me a physical review copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

Given the years that I’ve been reading and reviewing their titles, by now, I think it’s safe to say that I am a huge fan of the Swoon Reads imprint from Macmillan US. The way they select books from a pool of manuscripts highly impresses me and the way they make aspiring authors’ dreams come true truly does warm my heart. And obviously, I am absolutely obsessed with so many Swoon Reads title, I think I’ve officially lost count. Today, I’m here to gush about yet another SR novel, and I’m so excited to be talking about Shannon Klare’s Surviving Adam Meade. Read on to know what I thought of this fantastically written contemporary.

High School to College Transition

One of the many reasons as to why I think this book is a fairly timely and relevant read is because of how well the author depicted the transitioning from being a high school senior to starting fresh as a college freshman. There were certain points in the story that showed Claire getting a bit worked up by college applications and essays and it was somehow fun to be reminded of my own experiences in the past. And the same goes for Adam, since he’s on his way to choosing from the top schools offering football scholarships. And so because of this, I hope that lots of readers, specifically high school students, could get the chance to pick this book up and somehow be enlightened about the importance of higher education. *winks*

Present Parents + Good Family Dynamics

Another notable reason as to why I highly enjoyed this novel was because of how involved and present and supportive Claire Collins’ parents were. They were always there to show just how much they love and respect their kids and the way that they almost always checked up on their children reminded me of why I love seeing good family relationships in books in the first place. The relationship that Claire had with her mom and dad was admirable and I aspire to read more stories that highlight such positive aspects in the future. In addition to this, the sister-brother bond that Claire had with Case was also very fun and refreshing to read about. It was evident to me that even though they got in each other’s nerves almost all the time, I knew that they love each other and that they had each other’s backs always. I loved that about them.

Hate to Love Trope in It’s Finest

The romance and undeniable chemistry between Claire and Adam was also very memorably enjoyable, and I feel like it will also be one aspect that lovers of the romance genre, specifically one that concerns sports, will adore. I love how both Claire and Adam had this spark that just won’t be put out and it was fairly evident all throughout the book. I had loads of fun reading about the scenes where Adam pushed on Claire’s buttons, and vice versa, and I find that these were actually the scenes that I enjoyed the most. I’ve been a fan of the hate to love trope for quite some time now, and I have to say that out of all of the books I’ve read that features this particular trope, this one made an impression on me solely because of these characters and the passion and love that they had for one another.

Klare’s book is a pretty short read, but in less than 250 pages, the author was able to get me so emotionally invested in Adam and Claire’s story all because of their witty banter and undeniable chemistry. Some might say that the way their story played out was predictable, and unoriginal, but to me, it’s a reminder of the best aspects that I adore about romantic contemporaries. I love how even if the story was light enough to read for someone who just got out of a YA Fantasy binge, it still packed quite a punch to the gut. I just know that a lot of contemporary readers, most especially those who loves a good sports romance, would fall head over heels in love with Adam Meade… (and Claire too!)


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Have YOU read The Boneless Mercies yet? What other April Genevieve Tucholke-books have you read? And be sure to grab a copy of this from your local book store and start reading it! And once you do, let me know what you think of it down below in the comments section!


Arctic Books general graphics JMJM is a 21 year old blogger from Manila. He has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management mainly because it was too late when he discovered that literature and publishing is his true calling. He enjoys reading contemporary and fantasy novels as much as he enjoys playing video games and baking pastries. You may find him on his book blog, Book Freak Revelations, also on TwitterInstagram, & Goodreads.




3 thoughts on “Review: Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare

  1. I love the premise. Hate to love trope when done well, like you mentioned this one does, is so much fun and leaves room for awesome dialogue too. I also love finding caring, involved parents in YA. So many times it’s as if the authors were told parent should be absent or care more about their careers and as a parent finding loving family relationships in books is so refreshing.


  2. I am big Swoon Reads fan as well, and I LOVED this book. It just worked for me on so many levels. The banter, the tension, the drama — I loved it all. When Klare hit me with that When Harry Met Sally Moment, I broke out the tears. I really hope we do get the sequel to this book.


  3. Oh, hell yeah! I read this as a manuscript from the SR app and I absolutely loved this! And I’m so glad you seem to love it too!


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