Book Review: The Glow Up by A.M. Johnson (Franklin U #5)

The Glow Up

Author: A.M. Johnson
Series: Franklin U, book 5
Publisher: Independent (September 22, 2022)
Kindle edition, 250 pages
Romance, New Adult Contemporary Romance


Chris Delaney

I’ve promised myself that this was going to be the year to finally buckle down. I’m a junior, and I’ve settled on a major. I’ve got focus and determination. The one thing I haven’t figured out yet? How to deal with the massive crush I’ve been harboring on the guy in study carrel six.

I don’t know his name and some of my friends think it’s time for me to move on, but he has this whole sexy, broody, dark eyes and messy hair thing going for him. And yeah, he seems like he could be my polar opposite. The kind of unapproachable, serious type who doesn’t smile much, but I’d like to think he’s all rays of sunshine underneath his stormy expressions and disheveled demeanor. All that intense energy… I dig it.

I want to know him.

The rub?

I’ll have to find the courage to actually introduce myself.

Aiden Russo

The college experience is supposed to be parties, drinking, and fun with a few classes mixed in. It sounds pretty amazing, right? For me, it turned out to be endless lectures, avalanches of homework, and copious amounts of caffeine. The study carrel might as well be my dorm room. And that guitar under my bed? It’s got two years of dust growing on it. But this is the life I have to lead if I’m ever going to help my dad.

Pre-med isn’t for the weak.

The problem? Loneliness holds me hostage.

If only I could find someone willing to break through my ever-present cloud bank, and remind me what it’s like to have fun again.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Chriiiiiis! My dude. The pining is strong with this one, haha.

This book felt more serious than the others in the series so far, and it also felt like the focus was more on the problems the each of the characters are facing rather than on their relationship as a dramatic plot point. Despite the at times serious and angsty subject matter, the book overall has a very chill vibe.

The relationship between Chris and Aiden is sort of insta-love-y (if you can call crushing on someone for YEARS insta-love…) and it’s just very mellow and tender. (While still being plenty hot, don’t get me wrong!!) While this isn’t the most *exciting* book in the series, it’s very soft and sweet and adorable.

This is the fifth book in the Franklin U series. The FUKings books are all standalones set in the same universe and each written by a different author. As the blurb in the front matter says, “You don’t need to read the other to enjoy this one (though you should, because they’re awesome).” Can confirm 10/10 are awesome.

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