Author: J.P. Grider
Published: May 22nd 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate - her father is dying, she's working to help pay the rent, and she's two-years behind in college.
Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world - he's acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.
When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she's immediately smitten and thinks she's found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.
Cali doesn't belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn't understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.
Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?
When I first started this story, it took a little bit for me to get invested. I'm not sure what it was that made me hesitant, but once I reached a certain point I couldn't stop reading. I needed to know what was going to happen with Cali and Griffin. They both may come from two different worlds, but feel that they can make it work, that what they feel for each other can make it possible. They're both genuine people, and very realistic characters--not stereotypical to the different worlds aspect. The story had some very, very, very sweet moments.
Calling California was a surprisingly refreshing new adult novel. I enjoyed J.P. Grider's writing, as well as her storytelling. The story has a little bit of everything it needs, and even though the secret was a little out there, it all came back around. The love growing between Cali and Griffin is obvious, and well done. You can feel the characters as though they're right there with you. I'm interested in reading the next book in the Hunter Hill University series, Mending Michael.