by Robin Constantine
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Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and (of course) romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love.
Madison Parker is on fast-forward. Working toward a scholarship for a summer art program, she already has her future figured out. But when a visit from a family friend turns her life upside down, everything she thought she knew becomes blurred. All she wants is to stand still for a moment.
Jesse McMann is stuck on repeat. Reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band, Jesse divides his time between working as a barista and trying to find the inspiration to write music again. All he wants to do is move forward.
The night Maddie strolls into Jesse’s coffee shop after yoga class, the last thing on his mind is hooking up, but her smile and witty comebacks are hard to ignore. The spark between them is undeniable, but once-a-week flirting is hardly the stuff of epic romance.
Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett. When Jesse discovers that Gray’s girlfriend is also Maddie’s best friend, he invites Gray to join his band as their new drummer, hoping this connection will give him more time around Maddie. Slowly but surely, Jesse and Maddie forge a friendship, but do they have what it takes to make their relationship truly sync? (Goodreads)
The thing I didn’t realize before starting The Secrets of Attraction was that the book is a companion novel to The Promise of Amazing. I wish I had known this before starting the book, as I always like to read books in order. I was still able to read the book just fine by itself, but I do, however, want to get my hands on The Promise of Amazing as soon as I possibly can, because I LOVED The Secrets of Attraction!!
The two main characters in the story were Jesse and Madison. I loved these two characters SO much. They were so wonderfully perfect for each other, even if it took them a while to finally figure it out. Each of them had issues in their lives, but when they were together, it was perfection. Their relationship was so very sweet; I couldn’t get enough of it.
I love that the chapters were told from alternate viewpoints between Madison and Jesse. I really love when authors do this, as I feel like I get so much more information from the different viewpoints and it’s nice to know how each characters is feeling about certain situations.
The secondary characters in the novel were really fantastic; both of the main characters had really great friends. Especially Wren and Greyson, who I see were the main characters in The Promise of Amazing. I am definitely going to have to go back and read their story, because if it was half as good as The Secrets of Attraction, I know I am going to love it. Also, the parents in the book were wonderful as well; I really appreciate a book where there are good parents.
The storyline for the book was super sweet, and had everything I always look for in a contemporary novel. This book makes me want to take up yoga, and start hanging out in coffee shops as well.
Overall; The Secrets of Attraction is the first book I’ve read by Robin Constantine, but it definitely won’t be my last!! This book made me laugh and giggle, and even swoon more than a few times. I loved it. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on more books by this author!!