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Surviving Adam Meade


Coach's daughter meets high school quarterback. What could go wrong?

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Swoon Index

  • Heat

    6 (24 ratings)

  • Tears

    8 (23 ratings)

  • Laughs

    8 (9 ratings)

  • Thrills

    7 (21 ratings)

Full Description

Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, this is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.


“Hello, sweetheart.”

I cringed. I knew its owner before I saw him.

“Has football ruined your thinking skills or…”

Adam knocked my backpack off the desk and I outstretched my foot. His near face-plant left him far from amused.

He glared at me furiously. “Are you sure you want to mess with me? Spoiler: You’ll lose.”

“Stay away from me and I'll do the same for you.”

“I’ll believe it when I see it.”

I disregarded him as he plopped into the seat behind me.

Whether he believed me or not, I’d been in enough schools and dealt with enough people to handle myself.

Adam was messing with the wrong girl. He just didn’t know it yet.


A SIBA Summer 2018 Okra Pick

"A sweet, yet complicated romance that will appeal to teen romance readers. ... Adam is dreamy and has a unique vulnerability that will appeal to female teen readers. ... Perfect for fans of Katie McGarry, Simone Elkeles, and Sarah Dessen." —VOYA

"The banter between characters is engaging and will keep even reluctant readers invested in the story. ... Fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy this." —School Library Journal

"Yep, I am writing this review with a few happy tears in my eyes, because Surviving Adam Meade did a great job of hitting me right in the feels. ... A fabulous hate-to-love romance, which had me laughing, smiling, and rooting for these two to follow their hearts, because sometimes you just know when you've met your match." —We Live and Breathe Books

"This is Shannon Klare’s debut novel, and, in short, she definitely has great potential. ... This is definitively one of the books best enjoyed with a mojito in hand by the pool side." —Page to Page

“I loved the sarcasm and the humor. As a current high school student, I can relate to this story extremely well, so it was a lovely read.” —Catherine Cadwell, Swoon Reader

“This is an amazing story where you don't realize you've fallen for the characters until it's too late.” —DemoGod_ShadowHunter, Swoon Reader