★ SYNOPSIS ★
“Make me, Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there.” I shout at him, taking a step back. His eyes clash with mine. I read the challenge there, making me take another step back.
He stalks the few steps to me and grabs my arms slamming his forehead down on mine, “I’ll make you.” His lips skim against mine as he continues to speak, “And I’ll be falling right there with you.”
Paisley Vaughn grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After finding her mother dead from an overdose, Paisley and her baby sister are shipped off to live with her maternal grandparents.
She always knew they were rich, she just didn’t realize how rich they were. Now she’s being forced to go to a prestigious high school. One where the tuition is more money then she’s ever seen.
Thinking these rich kids are going to be snobbish and rude, she’s surprised to find the Vaughn name means she is untouchable. Well unless your name is Channing Southerland.
Paisley has to navigate her new life and all the new people in it. While her mother might have lied about her grandparents, no one is lying about Channing. He’s beautiful, mean, arrogant, and turning her on.
Before long a war is fought, leaving Paisley wondering if she’ll be ruined or made. Though she might just fall irrevocably in love.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Wow, that… wasn’t what I expected. Let me start off by saying that I generally don’t read first person books. I also do not typically read books with a high school setting. I have a harder time getting into them (teenage angst is not something I subscribe to), so I was really surprised that this book caught me, and just would not let me go. I didn’t put it down even once. Make Me starts off fast, and throws you for some big loops right off the bat. I loved this book!
Paisley is a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks”, growing up in a trailer park, raising her two year old sister and just waiting to turn eighteen. She’s completely spunky, witty and in your face. Tends to have a “It’s me against the world” attitude at times. I do love her sarcastic comments and inner monologue. She and her baby sister end up having to move, and that’s how she meets Channing.
Channing is a sliver spoon kid, which makes it seem like his life is perfect. Far from it, the guy doesn’t show emotion and doesn’t like people paying attention to him, and yeah he has family issues. He buries stuff deep. I really thought he was an ass at first. No joke, full on, this dude is a douche that thinks because he has money, he can have anything he wants and who cares what anyone else might want.
However, you find out that that is not the case, and he is so much more.
These two butt heads instantly, he doesn’t want her there, and she could care less about him, (supposedly) but sparks absolutely fly. Holy Moley! Everyone else sees the chemistry and these two fight it and each other. End goal, make it to the end of the year, and possibly make each others lives hell in the meantime. Oh, and don’t kill each other.
There are all manner of politics involved. From family, to friends and school environment, etc (without me throwing in spoilers. I’m trying to avoid that.). Due to the setting, and all the characters you come across, I didn’t expect these two characters to be as developed as they are. I love what the author has done with them! You really get, not only a sense of them, but the characters around them.
Ms. Heath leaves you wanting more though, she serge’s into a cliff hanger (In the epilogue!) that for me… instantly had me picking up the second book and diving into it.
Why not 5 stars? There were some editing issues that for me personally, pulled me out of my focus on the storyline. Were they huge issues? No. Not for most people, but for me, I tend to start editing when I see things like that. But really, if I’m not counting those, it’s definitely a 5 star book for me. With editing issues, I’d only take it down to 4.9. Yeah, it’s that unexpectedly good!