The cover of a book is often its first chance at selling itself. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you there are some awful book covers out there that have amazing stories within their lackluster cover. The opposite is true as well of course. The book cover for Class Act is quite well done.

Rory Morgan is not the girl on the cover of this book. When I look at the cover the cover I see a preppy, put-together young woman who probably buys a lot of her clothes at J Crew. That girl is not Rory Morgan, I for the life of me cannot figure out why this cover would be used for this book. Rory a self-proclaimed butch, whose daily uniform, consists of a men’s v-neck white tee, faded bootcut jeans and engineer boots with wild unruly curly red hair.  Within the first twenty minutes of reading this book I was actually over Rory, and quite frankly almost ready to DNF the whole book. The entire first two chapters are chock-full of so many stereotypes it was irritating. Her character comes across as kind of an ass, unrealistic ass at that too. She in no way sounds or acts like a twenty five year old, seriously how may college students sit around and listen to Simon and Garfunkel. (I am sure there are a few, but I am making a point here). Then, factor in that Rory consistently discredits all other female students, as giggling girls who only talk of whom they wanted to sleep with or they are all hipster lesbians with expensive coffee addictions who are offended by everything.  Seriously, come on! She doesn’t want to date a kid. Excuse me but when did college students, grad students specifically become children, especially to a twenty five year old. Rory does not embody a mature student. No she embodies a much, much older woman with a giant chip on her shoulder.

Dr. Margaret Parks is the other main character in this story. She also happens to be Rory’s Topics in Theater professor.  I don’t even know that to write about her to be honest. She’s meek at times when her character is supposed to have a hard no-nonsense approach to life. She’s indecisive and quite flat as a character goes.

I cannot recommend this one. Literally, the best thing about this book is the cover and it is not a reflection of either character. Blatant stereotypes annoy me. For the record, no, I am not a hipster with an expensive coffee addiction. I can drink Maxwell House quite fine, thank you very much.

1.5 out of 5 stars

I was given this book by Netgalley & Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

A Class Act
by T. L. Hayes

A Class Act


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