The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
Novel: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine | Goodreads
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.
Madison Pryce thinks she’s got everything figured out—she’s working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie’s life upside down.
Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.
Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse’s band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
I liked The Promise of Amazing when I read it last year, so I was happy to find out that the author was releasing a new novel set in the same world. Secrets of Attraction proved to be an even better read than The Promise of Amazing!
The book, like The Promise of Amazing, is told in alternating povs. This time it’s told from Jesse and Madison’s perspective. I struggled with understanding Madison. She made some choices that I just didn’t get, because she basically sabotaged herself. She did have to deal with a lot of family issues, though, which made the decisions she made slightly more understandable. The thing about the characters is that what they were going through and the emotions they felt were all so realistic. They felt like actual teenagers that I’d meet or be friends with.
I didn’t like Madison’s mom. I disagreed with a lot of the choices she made and I thought she was selfish about certain things. I could see how others could see it differently, though! However, I thought Jesse was a great guy, and again- the characters were all depicted extremely realistically. He was dealing with an aftermath of a harsh break up and I thought the way his and Madison’s relationship progressed from a start of him just being the barista at the coffee shop she went to was very cute. The fact that he’s in a band doesn’t hurt, either
Tanner, while he’s a supporting character, was one of my favorites in the novel! He’s both adorable and hilarious. I’m hoping that maybe he’ll get his own novel if this series is continued.
Secrets of Attraction is an awesome read, with the realism of both the characters and their emotions really shining through! It makes for a quick read, too, and I’d give this novel 4 out of 5 flowers.