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STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW:
Reading (or in this case, listening to) Getting Schooled by Emma Chase is like watching a person fit puzzle pieces perfectly together. There's a sense of fulfillment and content in listening to this story, one that warrants a sigh of pleasure. It's full of wonderful characters, humor, emotion, and depth. The voices of her characters spoke loud and true, and you will love them for it. I have always loved Emma Chase's words—it's smart, witty, and addictive. Getting Schooled has all of that in spades.
Garrett Daniels and Callaway Carpenter fell in love in high school, and thought they would be together forever. You'd look at them and know it's not puppy love. But distance and time apart put an end to their relationship, and they both move on with their lives—Callie in San Diego trying to make her way into the theater world, and Garrett back at home coaching his old school's football team to the top.
An incident Callie would rather not think about ever again makes her move back to her parents' house in New Jersey. She takes a temporary job at her old high school as the substitute teacher, and there she reunites with the love of her life. Garrett Daniels, golden boy and former star athlete of their school, is now the football coach of the team. They finally get their second chance more than a decade later at the very same place where it all began.
I knew from the moment Garrett and Callie talked to each other again that they were meant to be. Without a doubt. Everything about their relationship felt real to me. It was so heartwarming to see them feel and act so at ease with each other even after being apart for so long. They are each other's person. Whether they're laughing, making love, or breaking apart, it brought a tug to my heart that rarely happens when I read books. And I read a lot. I loved this couple that much.
While Garrett and Callie's reunion was central to the story, I love that Getting Schooled also highlighted what it's like to be a teacher. It was interesting to see their train of thought, the efforts they did to reach their students, their frustrations and hurt, and the joy of seeing their students grow and learn. It added so much to the story without stealing the spotlight from the romance.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK?
Aside from the story, the narrators were fantastic! I'm a huge fan of Andi Arndt, so it's not really surprising that she did a wonderful job here. I've only listened to Zachary Webb a few times, but it still blows my mind how amazing of a narrator he is. He's amazing in acting out not just Garrett, but every single person in this book. I've never been so entertained by a narrator as much as Zachary Webber.
These two wonderful narrators brought to life a story that is already strong on its own.
This is definitely one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to. The emotions and imagery were so vivid that I felt like I was in their world. I saw the football games, sat with the students in class, watched front row as Garrett and Callie got their second chance. I laughed out loud, smiled like a complete idiot, and cried. By the end of it, I felt so full. I was ready to burst with love and emotion.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY?
Absolutely! Romance fans will enjoy this wonderfully written second chance story. It has everything I could possibly want in an audiobook, and I'm sure audiophiles and audiobook virgins alike would agree.
Tropes: Second Chance, Small Town
POV: First Person, Dual POV
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Getting Schooled the most enjoyable?
started off good, got better, and better, and BETTER!
What did you like best about this story?
I chuckled, laughed out loud, cried, every emotion was covered.
What does Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Zachary and Andi brought the characters to life! They were so real and in character didn't appear to be reading a book but living it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Could not stop, listened in one sitting. Planning to listen again....
Any additional comments?
I have all but stopped listening to romance novels because it's all sex. I love a good sizzle and this book has plenty but I want a story to go with it and to care about the characters in the story. Emma Chase did a wonderful job Between her writing and Zachary and Andi's reading the story could not have been any better. Thank all of you
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is one of those audiobooks that when you start it, you just want to listen to it all at once as it's so addictive.
Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt did a great job narrating as usual, they really brought the characters and story to life.
Can't wait to listen to the next book in this new series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Love the whole store i was captivated straight away. This is about a love that was just meant to be and followed them there whole lives it’s about second chances and if you listen to Ed Sheeran’s perfect this sums it all up..... what a great investment of time listening and reading this book
Of course Zachary Webber and and Andi Arndt are beautiful together their narration is a great complement to the audiobook
Really liked the more mature characters in this book over many others in this genre. No angst, just funny and cute. Highly rated, perfect narration. Not one I’ll keep in my library for a re-listen but author continues to shine