Friday, March 16, 2018

Love, Lucy

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Goodreads Summary:
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?

In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

My Review:
The beginning of the book reminded me a lot of Just One Day by Gayle Forman. It is the romance of two people who met overseas and their journey exploring. We quickly are taken back to the U.S. though where we will read about Lucy’s first year at college. This book definitely held my attention and kept me reading. However, I found that there were several things that got a little repetitive.

The romance was so sweet, and I found myself rooting for Lucy and Jesse throughout the whole book. While I was quite annoyed with her friend Charlene at one point, I definitely came to like her by the end of the book. I also really loved that the first part of the book was set in Italy. If you know anything about me, Italy is one of my all time favorite places!

4.5 stars

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Goodreads Summary:
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

My Review:
I have been wanting to read a Kasie West book ever since she released her first one, but I have never just sat down and done it. Boy was I missing out! I read this book in one three hour sitting. I could not put it down! While it wasn’t incredibly suspenseful, it was an incredibly easy read! Along with that, I found myself very invested in the characters right off the bat. I wanted to know how everything would turn out. It is a super cute, fun read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a light book!

5 stars

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It's Not Okay by Andi Dorfman

It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman

Goodreads Summary:
Andi Dorfman, the beloved finalist of season eighteen of The Bachelor who infamously rejected Juan Pablo and went on to star on season ten of The Bachelorette, dishes about what it's like to live out a love story--and its collapse--in front of the cameras, offering hard-won advice for moving on after a break-up, public or not.

Andi Dorfman, star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, talks candidly about what it's like to be courted by twenty-five handsome, single men in this juicy, insider's peek at dating--and breaking up--on national TV. She shares entertaining and heartfelt stories about her fellow Bachelor alums--many of whom are still close friends--comes clean about calling out Bachelor #18 Juan Pablo for bad behavior, and reflects on her personal challenges and uplifting experiences in love that she hopes will help you get through your own break-ups with grace and style!

My Review:
I am a big Bachelor/Bachelorette fan, so I was really excited to read Andi’s book about her experience on the show. I had read Emil Maynard’s in the past, so I was excited about this one as well.

I loved all of the parts of the book where Andi told us about her experience on the show, the behind the scenes aspects, and what happened after the show. She refers to Juan Pablo from the season she was a contestant on as “One” because he was the first guy that got her started in being a part of the Bachelor world. Then on her season, Nick Viall was one of her final two who she refers to in the book as “Twenty-Five.” Lastly, the final man standing was Josh Murray who she refers to as “Twenty-Six.” I do not think either of them are good guys, so I was interested to see why And didn’t think so either and read about some of the things that happened off camera. It was definitely very enlightening and just validated everything I had already thought about the two of them.

The frustrating thing about this book was that a lot of it was written like a self-help “How to get over heartbreak” type of book. While that may be great for some people, it doesn’t apply to me. I think maybe Andi should have written either the self-help type of book or the tell-all type of book. I don’t know that mixing the two worked that well. I found myself skimming through several parts of the book because of this.

3.5 stars