Publisher: Time Books
I did a lot of cringing while reading The Hookup List, but it wasn’t because of bad writing. Madison captured the minds of many college freshmen a little too well. I remember being eighteen and living in the dorms… and some of those memories are better left forgotten. That is a point in my life that I would rather not relive. I spent the first half of my time at college much like Ana (but with probably half as much ambition); I was still with my boyfriend from back home, I got good grades and I didn’t party. But about two years in, I started acting more like Ana’s roommate Nicki. I broke up with my boyfriend and I started partying too hard… THAT is what I don’t want to relive. Sure, it was fun at the time, but now I am pretty ashamed of my actions from back when.
I’m not thrilled about the cover. Unless the people on the cover are supposed to be Nicki and Spence, they don’t look at all how the characters were described. Ana was supposed to have dark hair and olive skin, while Christopher was a blond surfer looking type…
I’m not really sure what age group Madison was going for in this book. There were a lot of sexual themes, so I don’t think the aim was anyone under sixteen… And I doubt anyone over twenty-five would want to read about the antics of crazy college kids. So I’m guessing the target age group is about sixteen to twenty-five.
It was definitely not a bad book, and I expect that if you are in the target age group, you’d probably really enjoy it. It did exactly what it was supposed to do. It was a short and sweet little love story about a couple of college freshman. The characters were well thought out and developed, the plot was realistic, and the sex scenes were tastefully done. Nicki and Spence’s subplot complimented the plot nicely and was entertaining. The dialogue flowed realistically. All in all, a nice little romantic story.