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Cora Carmack has a way with New Adult books, and All Lined Up is a perfect example. All Lined Up wasn’t sexed up YA, which New Adult often gets a bad rep for. Instead it featured two strong main characters trying to achieve their dreams. Dallas was trying to overcome the obstacle of her over protective father that doesn’t quite understand her at times, while Carson is determined to do whatever it takes to get that scholarship and play football. The issues that are dealt with are not uncommon, I think, for college students today. It’s great to see a development of more books tackling these college/20-something issues. The romance between Dallas and Carson was also a big plus.
With that being said, I loved Dallas and I loved Carson. I found them to be extremely strong main characters. They were relatable, and I loved what they were fighting for. They never gave up trying to achieve their goals, and I loved how Dallas developed her relationship with her father. I enjoyed watching them grow and loved the build up of their relationship. Dallas and Carson were able to support each other and compliment each others personalities well.
I even loved the secondary characters. Silas and the rest of the football players were definitely douchebags. However, when push came to shove they supported Carson on the field regardless of his walk on status. Ryan and Stella were also amazing friends to Carson and Dallas. Love how they stuck by each other. I just kind of wish there was a bit more confrontation with Dallas’s ex though. I didn’t quite get the satisfaction I was looking for. However, what occurred is a big issue for many athletes.
All-in-all, I’d highly suggest Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up, and I highly suggest giving New Adult a try if you’re interested in reads dealing with college/20-something related issues. Being a 20-something year old myself, I really think we’re under represented in the literary world, when there are a ton of issues that could be explored with the whole “entering the real world” deal. New Adult does get a bad rap at times, but Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up is definitely one of the good ones. I’d give is 4 stars!