on June 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Lit Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, Hartford Community College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to her late enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck with Electronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined to wallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.
But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that a certain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over most of his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutely gorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathy toward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to convert her. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t get involved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible.
Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds it slipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, a surprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream of owning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, and when Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatens to unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessons take place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favorite Depeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to.
*I received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
The one thing that comes to mind when I think back on reading Precious Things and that’s emotion. There is so much emotion that can be felt throughout the book and I found myself getting wrapped up in the feelings and emotions of Isabelle and Evan. I could understand where Isabelle’s anger was coming from why she felt the way she did towards her dad and the community college in which she felt trapped in.
The chemistry between Isabelle and Evan is undeniable. The development of their relationship is important, but it doesn’t take away from the story itself – the story of a girl who must realize that life may not always go as planned, but you must take the time to appreciate what you have.
While Isabelle may have come off a little strong, Evan wasn’t intimidated by her in the least bit. He matched her sarcasm and proved to challenge her in ways she least expected. He brought her outside of her comfort zone by introducing her to the music that inspired him. Little did Isabelle know that the music Evan introduced her to would prove to be helpful in her life in general, as well as in her English class.
Everything flowed so nicely and I found myself getting lost in the music and the poetry introduced to Isabelle in the story. I even so much as looked up all of the Depeche Mode songs mentioned in the book. After listening to the song Precious by Depeche Mode, I couldn’t help but see how well it connected to the story and described it perfectly. If you’ve never heard of it, take a listen after you read Precious Things.
This was my first novel by Parent and I can honestly say that I enjoyed the depth she brought to the characters through her writing, as well as the thoughtful way she went about telling the story.
4.5 out of 5 stars!