Series: Rusk University #2
Author: Cora Carmack
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: October 28, 2014
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Related Books: All Played Out
About All Broke Down:In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in...sometimes you have to fight for what you love.
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.
Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.
Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.
This book makes me so proud to be a Carmcat (Clap. Clap. Clap clap clap. I’d be a great Rusk University cheerleader)!
Recommended for: Girls with a bad boy streak
I read this book awhile ago and didn’t make any notes afterward (a dirty, dirty book blogger habit I have since remedied) and just started re-reading it, so apologies if this is a less-than-detailed review. I swear on Matt Bomer’s abs that I’ll update it when I finish my re-read. 🙂
The general stereotype is that a guy has a “Superman” complex and wants to save his Lois Lane. That a woman needs protecting. That even if she doesn’t, the man should want to save her and protect her anyway.
All Broke Down turns that stereotype on its head. And I love it. I love it HARD.
The bad boy stereotype is still there, though, and in all the best ways.
So this book doesn’t have a dancer in it (as a main character, at least), so it can’t be an 11/10, but it’s pretty damn close.
You know that one friend or classmate you have? The one that you kind of hate because they’re so. damn. good. that everything they do makes you feel like a horrible person? They run marathons. Like actual, long marathons. And not only do they not die afterwards, they do it to raise a ton of money. They stand outside in the rain and freezing cold to collect signatures for petitions to right wrongs.
You admire them so much that you hate them for making you feel so inadequate. But you still love them.
That person is Dylan.
I really loved her. She’s so passionate in everything that she does. She doesn’t just do things, she puts her all into it..all. You know this from the very first scene. And on top of all of this, she’s doing it while fighting back against her parents, who want to squash her spirit.
And Silas. Oh, Silas. Swoony swoon swoon swoon. There’s nothing like a bad boy who wants to be good but just can’t seem to figure out how. It’s the best of both worlds – bad boy with good intentions. The best parts of a good guy and a bad boy rolled into one muscular hunk. And then he finally realizes that a little bit of bad never hurt anyone.
This book was hilarious (as all of Cora’s are), but so much more emotional for me than her other books. I didn’t agree with all of their actions. I think Dylan gave Torres one too many chances and forgave a little too easily, but I respected that. What makes Dylan, Dylan was that she never gives up on anything or anyone.
And struggling to accept her choices (even though I did love Torres. I just would have made him suffer a little longer :P) was what made the book such a roller coaster for me. I can’t wait to read this again.
Note: I am a member of Cora Carmack’s street team.
About Cora Carmack:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.