By Aliaa El-Nashar
Shabab Books Publishing-House, 280 pages
1st January 2011
Source: Author *I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*
The Story revolves around:
-A boy called Damien who seems to have it all. He's rich, good-looking and athletic. He's also arrogant, obnoxious and a major player. Damien is one of 5 children who seem to not get along, until one day Damien meets Alexis and his life is turned inside out.
-A girl called Alexis who has trust issues due to her parents. Her best friends mean the world to her, and she refuses to date anyone that doesn't fit completely in her 'Perfect Guy' list.
They're thrown together a lot and start to face inner demons they've hidden away for so long.
- Goodreads.com description
Damien Martinez is this typical bad boy changes girls like girls changes clothes and he never remembers the name of the girls he dates who also have a broken family. But when Alexis Carver came into his life, everything changes. Both people have a history that scarred them. Somehow, fixed his family back together and managed to change who Damien was to who Damien is now.
This book has a LOT of its pros and cons though. There were some things that got me annoyed.
Like, ‘The List’. Honestly. You don’t have to make a list of what a guy must have to date you. I mean, NO ONE is THAT perfect. It’s either you like the guy or you don’t. Ditto. Secondly, I mean, what is it with them and secrets? I mean, I find that they open themselves up TOO EASILY. No restraint. If I have a secret, only a certain someone would know. I don’t open up to everybody who asked me what is it that I have an issue with this or an issue with that.
But Against All Odds was also a very fun and enjoyable read. The banter and competition between Alexis and Damien was really fun to read. Although, this book really got cliché to me at one point, there are some plot twist that got you gasping.
And yes, I did squeal a lot at one point in this book ;)