The Glow Up (Franklin U #5) by A.M. Johnson | Book review

Franklin University Series, Book 5

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.

How was it?

I love how every single book in the Franklin U is very different, which makes sense because they all have different authors, but like I remarked in my Mr. Romance review so far they all seem to work cohesively. They all feel like they’re part of the same world regardless of common references, however, this one is more serious in tone but still sweet.

Maybe it’s the drive both of these characters seem to have that affects how they interact with each other, but so far this pairing seemed the more adult of the bunch. I wanted to read these books in order but so far I’m saying that having read, Playing Games, Mr. Romance, and The Dating Disaster in that order. Chris and Aiden communicated quite well and most of their interaction seemed real if a little sappy at times. It’s also why I wasn’t bothered with the pace at which their relationship was moving. I said that Liam’s characterization in book three was grounded, in this novel it’s the whole situation that feels as grounded as it can be.

I am impressed with A.M. Johnson‘s work here, whose another new to me author, and since I’ve noticed that these books are also coming on audiobook I will definitely check that version out.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book is available on The Book Depository and other book retailers near you.

About the Author:

Amanda is an award-winning and best-selling author of LGBTQIA and contemporary romance and fiction. She lives in Utah with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends and hikes in the mountains as much as possible.

If she’s not busy with her three munchkins, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word, exploring all spectrums and genres.

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