I have read and enjoyed Julie Cross’ young adult series, the Letters to Nowhere series, and this was her first time dabbling in the New Adult age group. Third Degree chronicles the life of a child prodigy and genius, Isabel Jenkins, after she fails the exam necessary to enter residency after medical school. She decides to start over in college but never thought that she would fall for her Residential Advisor. This novel was just as great as her young adult novels. I enjoyed watching Isabel adapt to life as a regular college student, considering that she had already completed college and medical school once before. It was really funny at times seeing her struggle to fit in. Then there was Marshall, the RA. He was independent and had a couple of medical problems but he really brought Isabel out of her shell and pushed her to do things that she would have never done. He had the opposite personality of Isabel’s. He was chill and fun while she was a bit high-strung and overanalyzing. However, they really complemented each other and their personalities meshed quite well. Overall, Third Degree was one of the better New Adult novels that I’ve read and I can’t wait to see what else Cross comes out with.
Author: Julie Cross
Average Rating: 4.75
Favorite Quote(s): “‘Showers are great, aren’t they?’ he said after seeing my eyes open.’I think I blew about twenty pounds of snot down the shower drain. Hot water clears the sinuses.’ ‘Yeah, for about ten minutes, then it comes back again.’ I sat up halfway and reached for the glass of water Stacey had left for me. ‘But it’s a lovely ten minutes.’” Favorite Character: Jordan. First Line: “When Coach Bentley dropped me off at home after morning practice, an Audi that didn’t belong to my parents was already in the driveway.” My Musings: I have yet to read Julie’s Tempest series, but when I saw this on sale, I couldn’t help but pick it up. The premise was interesting: set in the world of Elite gymnastics, something I hadn’t ever read about. However, being a former gymnast my self, I couldn’t wait to see what Cross brought to the table, as she was a former gymnastics coach. Adding to the gymnastics, we have a girl struggling with losing her parents to an auto crash. She isn’t dealing to well with the grief, so when her gymnastics coach, Henry Bentley, takes her in so she doesn’t have to move, and she finally has something to focus on: making the Worlds team for gymnastics. But things start heating up with Bentley’s son, Jordan, who Karen can’t help but connect with–they both suffered losses […]