Come & Get It. A BUST Review

by Whitney Dwire

Kiley Reid follows up her New York Times bestseller, Such a Fun Age, with Come & Get It, a college romp set at the University of Arkansas. At the outset, visiting professor and writer Agatha Paul meets senior and resident assistant Millie Cousins and offers her an intriguing opportunity. But their arrangement leads away from the expected outcome and instead into a surprise ride of conflict and entanglement. 

Reid uses a relaxed writing style that alternates points of view like a game of perspective tag. Character development and backstory evolve through fun descriptions, like a passage detailing the arrival of a new student’s belongings into a dorm room that includes “four boxes of string lights, an unopened box holding a ‘mini chandelier’…lawless piles of leggings, jeans, and …wide-neck tops meant to function off the shoulder.” Within only a handful of chapters, numerous characters feel fleshed-out and well-rounded. The story gets its hooks in with such subtlety, the reader doesn’t realize how far she’s been pulled in until Come & Get It is well under the skin, the characters staying for days. 

Image Via G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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