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Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark

Waking Olivia Book Cover Waking Olivia
Elizabeth O'Roark
Fiction, New Adult
March 14, 2016

"That girl isn't just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She's trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She's the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more.
And the last thing I need right now is more trouble."

A failing farm.
His father’s debt.
And a struggling college track team.
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth.
A strong right hook.
And a secret that could destroy her.
Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.
Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her.
And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.

Val’s Review

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book.

And I really liked the character Olivia, the Cross Country runner.

I should start off by saying that I personally love to run.
Even when no one is chasing me.

I just love the feeling I get when I am having a good running day.
The endorphins are pumping.
The body feels good.
The wind is blowing through my hair.




I feel all gazelle-like and shit.


Truth be told…I in no way shape or form resemble a gazelle.
I am NOT fast.
I am NOT streamlined.

And the wind is not flowing through my locks in girl power solidarity.





When I am attempting to sprint, my head actually jerks to the right like those club idiots from SNL.




In fact, one of my collegiate teammates said I looked like – and I quote – “An epileptic having a fucking seizure” whenever my non-gazelle-like ass attempted to traverse the first baseline.

This is actually exemplifies my situation perfectly:




Needless to say, it was pretty cool to be the badass, hot as fuck chick on the cross country team while I read this thing, even if only vicariously.

I remember I used to watch all those skinny ass CC bitches all huddled up together in the training room ice bath bin with their perfect abs and their cross country runner legs while I was getting my beefy linebacker softball shoulder ice cupped (a VERY unpleasant thing to have to do every day, by the way).




Man, I wanted to kick them in the face with my metal cleats grab them a warm towel so badly.

*nostalgic sigh*

Anyenvy, back to this book.

I really enjoyed the collegiate sports angle here.
I also really enjoyed the twist on the taboo student/teacher shtick.
But, most of all, I was really intrigued by Olivia’s issue.

I liked how it made for some interesting scenarios and, most of all, how it drew the two main characters together.

I will definitely check out more from this author.