The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
The Natural History of us is a sweet and romantic second chance romance between two unlikely teenagers.
The Natural History of Us is the second book in The Fine Art of Pretending series, and one of the best YA romances I have read in a very long time. Rachel Harris has impeccable writing and gave me a very realistic view of the teenage world. This book is like a breath of fresh air, and I will welcome more books from her with wide open arms.
It’s not until she’s good and flustered and clinging to my shoulders, breathless, that I lift my head. Gasping for breath myself, I brokenly whisper, “Peyton Williams, I’m crazy in love with you.”
Justin is the hottest baseball player in Fairfield Academy and he doesn’t let anyone forget that. He puts on a front that he’s the biggest player in the school when really he’s head over heels in love with Peyton. Trying to win back her heart is his ultimate goal in the last remaining weeks of their senior year, and he won’t stop at nothing in order to do that.
“I mean it, Sunshine. You deserve better, but if you still want me even after knowing what a disaster I am, then I’m all in. I’m too selfish to walk away.” I leaned back. “But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Peyton struggles with the past and what comes along with it. Trying to forget her lost love Justin isn’t an easy feat. When she is stuck with him for their last assignment of the year before high school is finally over, she dreads the weeks to come. Drudging up old feelings wasn’t what Peyton had in mind, but Justin isn’t just any old flame. He’s the love of her life.
Wild horses couldn’t stop my smile. This boy was it for me. It was as simple as that. Even crazier, it seemed like I was it for him.
The love between Justin and Peyton is as real as it gets. It’s messy, beautiful, and full of swoon-worthy moments. This was not an insta-love romance and I was SO THANKFUL for that. I felt like I was reading a private diary because of how personal the book became. My love for Justin and Peyton will never cease to exist. These characters will be staying with me until the end of time.