August 5, 2013

Review: The Only Exception by: Magan Vernon

The Only Exception by: Magan Vernon (2013)
272 pages
Genre: New Adult
Source: I received a free copy from the author for my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon 
Goodreads Summary: **Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for
ages 16+**

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor's son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.

My Review
The Only Exception is refreshing. It’s original and unique compared to many of the other new adult romance novels I have read. I enjoyed its captivating story line so much that I finished this book in one day. Although I enjoyed this book, there were a few flaws that kind of got on my nerves as well. So for this review I have decided to break it down in terms of likes and dislikes.


It’s Unique – I haven’t read any new adult novels that focuses so much on politics. Also, I want to point out that the main male lead is not a bad boy! Yes you heard me correctly; the main guy is actually a good guy. It was so refreshing to see these new ideas in The Only Exception.

The Characters – Monica and Trey were fun characters. They were complex and entertaining.  Monica at times was too judgmental, but besides that she is a strong character that I felt for. I also liked the minor characters as well, although I don't think they received enough screen time.

The Romance – This book was romantic. It wasn't just sexy or overly intense, it had some very cute romantic scenes that will make your heart flutter. Monica and Trey are just plain cute.

It’s Dark and Light – Vernon took a serious topic and entwined it throughout the novel. I won’t tell you what that topic is because that will give some things away. However, I can say that she handled it very well. I also really liked how there was some lightness in the novel too so it wasn't just depressing but light hearted as well. The Only Exception not only made me cringe and feel sadness, but it also made me laugh.

The Cover - I really love this cover and think it works perfectly.

The Setting - The Only Exception has a college setting, and as you all probably know by now I love those. Vernon did a great job at describing the college campus and shinning a unique light onto college life.


Slightly Unbelievable at Times – There were some character interactions that happened that just didn't seem plausible to me. This only happened a couple of times though so it wasn't that big of a deal. 

A Few Typos – I know almost every book has some and there are not enough in this book to keep you from reading but there were a couple I found that bothered me just a little bit so I thought I would mention it. (I can't help the editor in me.) **Typos have been fixed! You can ignore this point. :)

Repetitive – While reading you will be reminded over and over again that Trey is the governor’s son and that Monica is a liberal. It got old after a while and I just don’t think those two things needed to be mentioned all the time. Yes it is an important part of the book that Trey and Monica hold different political believes, but after a while I felt like the idea kept getting shoved in my face.

This book was a very enjoyable read. I would suggest The Only Exception to those that don’t mind politics in their book, are looking for some romance, and are looking for a unique New Adult novel. Give The Only Exception a chance. It's cute, uplifting, and emotional.

**Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book! This did not affect my honest review.
My Rating: 3.5/5


  1. This book looks interesting and I'm trying to get into reading more New Adult, however I think the repetitions and unbelievability would make me not enjoy this book as much. Thanks for the review!

    1. Luckily those things were not too distracting, but they were still present. :( Overall though it was a good read due to its uniqueness!

  2. I like how The Only Exception has a unusual NA concept, which is a refreshing change. Monica and Trey sound like great characters too, especially since Trey is not your typical bad boy. Thanks for the great review. :)

    1. I just really loved how unique The Only Exception turned out to be and I loved that for once the main male wasn't a bad boy. (Although I do love me some bad boys.)

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks for a copy of the book! I enjoyed reading it. :)

  4. I want to read more books set in college but I am not sure how I feel about the new adult genre yet. I really enjoy my YA and I thought NA would be a little racier but in my experience so far it is pretty much adult with younger characters - there's no holding back - it's much sexier and usually much more serious. So I have to be in the mood for it. And I'm also fairly selective. I don't know if I'll be picking this one up but I agree that the cover is fab, politics would be a nice change of pace, and it's always nice to see some cute romance!

    1. I am enjoying the NA genre, but I haven't read too many yet. Some of them seem so repetitive plot wise. I do enjoy them though when they are unique stories and I love the college setting.


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