Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend #4) by Monica MurphyFour Years Later by Monica Murphy
Published March 2014
Series: One Week Girlfriend #4
Genres: Young Adult
three-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations—and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now—until I get a look at her.

Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m really over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love—like no one’s ever given her any—that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?

Owen McGuire is your typical college student who lives to play football, and likes to over-indulge in girls, weed and alcohol. However, he has his big sister Fable and his brother-in-law watching out for him and make it clear to him that he cannot go down this path forever. Meeting his new English tutor Chelsea Simmons does something for him, and opens his mind to new possibilities. However, he feels so out of her league that he is unwilling to give into the unwanted attraction he feels around her.

What I loved about this book:

  • Enjoyable student/tutor and popular jock/high-achieving nerdy girl romance
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What I felt needed improvement:

  • Story turns slightly unrealistic, especially towards the end
  • Even though I enjoyed it, this type of jock/nerd-girl romance is a bit overused, especially since it is a re-write of One Week Girlfriend #1.
  • The whole thing becomes quite predictable too, and always following the same pattern
  • Characters develop way too hurriedly on the account of insta-love

So it’s been a while since I picked up a Monica Murphy book and Four Weeks Later has been on my TBR-shelf for some time. I kind of dreaded reading this book, and although I liked it, I felt that it didn’t exactly meet my expectations. It was certainly nice to get re-acquainted to Monica Murphy’s writing, which is one of the leading NA/YA voices, and who certainly managed to keep up the good work throughout the series.

Four Weeks Later is a standalone Book #4 in the One Week Girlfriend series and is dedicated to Fable’s little brother Owen, who is now four years older and in college and experiencing problems of his own. However great this may sound, the storyline itself was disappointing, because it was a copycat of Drew and Fable’s situation back in the first book: popular guy falls in love with underdog girl. Add in a little intrigue including drugs, alcohol or even revenge-seeking family members and you get yourself a Monica Murphy worthy plot.

But well, I won’t condemn it totally. It was still an enjoyable read especially since there was the added bonus of a tutor/student relationship, even though it didn’t have as much of an impact as I’d thought (hoped). But character-wise, Owen and Chelsea had quite a realistic feel to them: the lost college golden boy who doesn’t have a plan, and the nerdy girl who has it all laid out and has difficulty dealing with the unexpected (ie. her sudden attraction to a boy). Yet, I feel like they change too drastically in the course of the story, which feels unnatural at such pace.

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Four Years Later will also deal with some bigger issues college-students might have, such as drugs and alcohol abuse, and emotional blackmail. This gave the book a more realistic feel, even though I felt like those issues were not dealt with or regarded/condemned the way they should have.

But again, even though it doesn’t live up to some of the deeper YA books that compete with it, Four Years Later was quite enjoyable and a nice distraction.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3.5 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
3.5 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars