Calling California by J.P. Grider Review

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Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1)

By J.P. Grider

Genre: Romance

Age category: New Adult

Release Date: May, 2014

Blurb: Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate – her father is dying, she’s working to help pay the rent, and she’s two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world – he’s acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she’s immediately smitten and thinks she’s found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn’t belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn’t understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?”

My Thoughts and Opinions On This Book

  • This is a good book but when you read it you will like everyone except for the main character.

    • I do understand that Cali is poor but during the whole entire book, or for at least a majority she was being judgmental to anyone and everyone even if they weren’t the richest of the rich. Which in my opinion is wrong, especially since she didn’t want others judging her yet she does it to others the majority of the time.
  • I loved Griffen, even though he may have came of a little weird at moments he was always trying to do something good and kind and honest and sweet and he was what kept me reading this story.

    • Unlike the usual rich guy meets poor girl book Griffen kept on not using money and throwing it in Cali’s face along with he wasn’t the annoying jerk like you may usually see.
  • I did not care for the insta-love in this story as in my opinion it is very un-realistic and very rarely happens to people in real life yet even though there was an insta-love I still liked how the author through in obstacles that they had to face.

  • The storyline was great yet a little predictable at moments. But it was only because I was taking detailed notes on this book from start to beginning, allowing for me to see what was coming easier than others.

In conclusion, this was a very enjoyable book but it was hard to get into for the first half. The character and the storyline were for the majority enjoyable yet the main character just wasn’t for me. This is a very intriguing book and if you like the plot line then I would suggest to read it.

I give this book a 3/5 stars.

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About the Author:

J.P. Grider is a Young Adult and New Adult author. She is the author of six novels. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor, while her first two novels – Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) and Maybe This Life – are standalone adult contemporary novels. Her most recent release is the new adult romance Calling California, which is the first in her Hunter Hill University series. The next book in the series – Mending Mick – will be released in October, 2014. All the books in the Hunter Hill University series will be standalone books and can be read in any order.

You can follow J.P. on Facebook at J.P. Grider, Author, on Instagram and Twitter @JPGrider1, and on her blog at

*I was provided a copy from Lola’sblogs*


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