A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.
Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?
I know I say it a lot, but I really was surprised by this book. Based on what I saw online, it seemed like the stereotypical YA romance type book – which there isn’t anything wrong with. However, on top of that, there was a layer of coming of age. I was one that I found surprisingly relatable, as the MC was trying to figure out her identity as it connected to dance. Honestly, I could write the whole review on that one aspect of the book. I found it wonderfully relatable, as it is a struggle I have been going through myself this past year or two.
Anyways, the writing was really refreshing in the YA contemporary genre. Although I wouldn’t say I dislike contemporary romance novels, its not a YA genre that I venture down very often. When I do, I either adore the book, or find it grossly cliché. Thankfully, in this case, it was a really nice in-between. Although I did adore it, the book was very cheesy. It was in the best way, of course, like a Hallmark Christmas movie. However, it was super cliché and read kind of like a tween rom-con.
HOWEVER, we did have some very nice character development and compelling plot. The MC and her love interest were very dynamic and well written. I was, honestly, invested in their plots and the way that their lives would end up–even outside of their romantic relationship. This story did a really good job of maintaining an appeal outside of the romance.
Overall, this was a great little read. As I said, it’s no piece of fine literature, and I don’t think it was intended to be. It was a light, happy, and compelling story that I enjoyed reading! If you enjoy a bit of rom-com-esque plot, you should check this book out.
3.5 out of 5 stars.