The Partition of Africa

The Partition of Africa - Olivia Folmar Ard I read this book out of order - it's fine, because they're written as a series of stand-alone's, but I knew the outcome of the story, which may have influenced my perception. I gave the second book, [[ASIN:B015M82TEE The Marshall Plan (Bennett Book 2)]], 5 stars, and I don't regret it. The author is solid. I just had a hard time connecting with this particular story.

The Partition of Africa follows Hattie Greene, a young woman with severe panic attacks and a propensity for bad decisions. She's in college on a scholarship, dating a very devoted boyfriend, roommate to the rich and decidedly popular Claire (yay for book 3 being on the way!), and for a girl who's a stickler for following the rules, she manages to muck everything up. A burning crush on her hot professor is the central dilemma, and Hattie manages to make every wrong decision she can before she finally sees the error of her ways.

Hattie's experience is understandable, I just didn't personally find it relatable. Maybe it was the panic attacks, or when she finally decides to throw out the rule books. There's also a lot of back and forth in the storyline, which wasn't hard to follow, but I found it a little jolting. All in all, a decent read, just not my particular cup of tea.