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**Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 16+**
Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor's son, Trey Chapman.
No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.
A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.
When I had first read the summary, I was automatically intrigued by the whole "suit wearing conservative falls for the wild liberal," idea, but I will admit to being a bit nervous about the whole political edge to the novel (because I know nothing about politics), and am glad to say that the author presented the information in an engaging and easily understood way.
The Only Exception revolves around a tattooed, young woman named Monica Remy who has just transferred schools in an attempt to run away from her disturbingly traumatic past and begin afresh at a new school. In an effort to begin a new life without any distractions, she decides to focus solely on her studies and classes, not on socializing and especially not on the opposite sex. Unfortunately, fate decides to intervene when she meets a certain boy named Trey Chapman, who also happens to be Governor Chapman's youngest son... and her new next door neighbor. Although Monica cannot help but feel an instant physical attraction to Trey, one prominent thing stands in their way: Trey is a true conservative Republican who adorns only dress shirts and matching slacks, whereas, Monica is the complete opposite as a "bleeding-heart" liberal with red hair and piercings.
When the two are forced to work together as partners for a project, they must learn to put aside their opposing political views in favor of working together towards a common goal. But what happens when these physical and political opponents start to feel an ardent connection that is unfamiliar to the both of them, at the same time as when Monica's past starts to catch up to her the closer she gets to Trey?
What I liked about this book:
Firstly, the blurb was a hook, line, and sinker for me! One of my guilty pleasures (less guilty, more pleasure) in books is when the main characters are total opposites but they still fall for each other despite their differences... *sniffles*. So although I know absolutely nothing about politics, I was still intrigued.
Speaking of politics, I was a bit nervous about that aspect of this novel because like I said, it's not my cup of tea. Be that as it may, I'm happy to say that the author presented it in such a way that even if you aren't interested in the political aspects of life, you'd still be able to follow along, as well as understand what they're talking about, and like it!
Another thing I totally adored was Trey! He's not your average "tall, attractive, good-at-everything-and-anything" type of character - he had flaws! Most authors have a tendency of presenting the lead male character as perfection incarnate, with no flaws or ticks or anything! Trey wasn't like that; he had things that needed to be taught to him and he wasn't "the complete package", which I thoroughly enjoyed and found brilliantly refreshing.
What I disliked about this book:
It took me a minute to really care about the characters in a substantial way. I understood them and liked them, but I didn't get completely involved and absorbed into their stories and attitudes until about mid-way through the novel.
Ultimately, this was a satisfying story about how two opposing individuals can overcome a drastic and traumatic past with true love that conquers all.
3 1/2 Targets!
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.