Book Review: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

Posted March 30, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 9 Comments

Make it Count

by Megan Erickson

Make it Count

Original Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Obtained Via: Bought
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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


Make it Count was a great fun to read in between dense, heavy reads. On the “fluffy to angst” scale, Make it Count was actually a little less fluffy than I was expecting, but it was still pretty relatively free of heavy angst(not so much on the drama, though), and it was pleasant to read another good NA book(my second one of the year!)

For once, the synopsis on the back of the book is actually pretty much a great depiction of what Make it Count is about. Main character Kat has trouble in school, her not-at-all-serious boyfriend’s best friend Alec starts tutoring her, and sparks fly. There’s a good spoonful of drama that gets dished out along the way–a little more than I typically like in my romances–but not so much that it seriously negatively impacted my opinion.

This is my second book I’ve read written by Megan Erickson, and one of her great skills is writing couples I believe in right away. I was already super into Alec and Kat by the end of their first interaction, before he’s even her tutor. Kat might have trouble concentrating is classes, but she’s smart and clever and the dialogue between her and Alec flowed so naturally, I felt I was right in the middle of their conversations.

Also, it was great to see a character who struggled with coursework, but determined to succeed, in an NA book. So often that’s something just regulated to the back burner because the main characters are typically naturally good at school, but it made me SO happy to see someone like Kat in a book, particularly when Make it Count really started delving into her layers. I also LOVED getting to see Kat figuring out what she wants to do with life. Yes! More of that in NA, please(and I think we’re beginning to get that).

So yeah, Make it Count was a pretty delightful read. It didn’t really hit me in an emotional place, so it’s not going to become a favorite, but I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to someone looking for a NA story on the lighter side.


Make it Count was a pretty all-around fun book, even if it sort of didn’t really hit a personal connection with me that I prefer to have while reading. If I did half stars, I’d probably give this one a 3.5, but I’m rounding up because there’s no technical or story reason not to. 4/5 cupcakes. 




3 Stars

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9 responses to “Book Review: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

  1. Stormy

    I actually probably won’t read the last book–I really like Megan Erickson’s writing, but the summary doesn’t excite me at all because I don’t really feel any pull to that story and I kinda just want this series to remain in my mind while the characters are in college.

  2. I’m very fussy about NA books these days as I’m sick of how formula driven they are. This one sounds like a refreshing change. And I just appreciate that it even mentions studying, that it shows a student struggling but trying is even better.

    • Stormy

      I will say this one is still a bit formulaic(it’s a romance, after all), but it does some neat things and it’s much less angsty than most of the NA I’ve read. And the studying/tutoring is actually a pretty large part of the book, which is refreshing.

    • Stormy

      I actually liked the 2nd one in the series a little better, but I know that wasn’t a universal experience. I definitely think it’s worth picking up, though!

    • Stormy

      Yeah I read Make It Right after reading this one & definitely liked it a little more(surprisingly! I was so surprise because who knew about Max, right?)

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