Review: The Meet-Cute Project

Title: The Meet-Cute Project
Author: Rhiannon Richardson
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback arc
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Save the Date in this sweet and hijinks-filled rom-com about a teen girl who will do whatever it takes to find a date for her sister’s wedding.

Mia’s friends love rom-coms. Mia hates them. They’re silly, contrived, and not at all realistic. Besides, there are more important things to worry about—like how to handle living with her bridezilla sister, Sam, who’s never appreciated Mia, and surviving junior year juggling every school club offered and acing all of her classes.

So when Mia is tasked with finding a date to her sister’s wedding, her options are practically nonexistent.

Mia’s friends, however, have an idea. It’s a little crazy, a little out there, and a lot inspired by the movies they love that Mia begrudgingly watches too.

Mia just needs a meet-cute.

Review:

Mia needs to find a date to her sister’s wedding so that she isn’t paired with her future brother-in-law’s younger brother for the wedding party. Mia already has a lot to deal with, including math team, swim team, AP classes, and volunteering at the community garden, so she doesn’t have time to look for her own date. Her friends decide to each try to create a meet-cute moment for Mia, so she can “spontaneously” meet the perfect guy for her. It seems like a simple solution, until something goes wrong with each meeting, making Mia wonder if she will ever get her meet-cute moment.

This was a light, fun romance. Mia had to deal with typical high school things, like homework and teams, but she also had to deal with her bridezilla sister who insisted that Mia find a date for her wedding. I don’t really think it was that necessary for Mia to have a date to the wedding when she didn’t already have a partner, but it made for some funny moments.

I liked that though Mia is Black, it wasn’t the entire part of her personality or the story. It is definitely important to have stories about race, but it doesn’t have to be the main focus of every story. Mia didn’t have to deal with racism or racial issues. She was just a teenage girl who was trying to find a date.

This was a fun young adult romance!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Have you read The Meet-Cute Project? What did you think of it?

Review: You Have a Match

Title: You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she’ll never forget. 

From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord’s You Have a Match, a hilarious and heartfelt novel of romance, sisterhood, and friendship…

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents — especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

Review:

Abby Day signs up for a DNA service to support her adopted friend Leo who is doing the test to possibly find out more about his birth parents. When Abby gets her results back, she’s shocked to find out that she has a full sister in the system, who she never knew existed. Abby and her newly found sister Savannah meet and decide to go to a summer camp to get to know each other and to figure out why Abby’s parents had a daughter who they gave up for adoption a year and a half before Abby was born.

The Parent Trap was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid, so I was so excited to read this book with a similar premise. In the movie, two twin sisters meet each other at a camp, and realize that their parents split up and each took one of the twins. This story is a little different since the girls weren’t twins and one was adopted to another family, but it had the same theme of finding a sister that you never knew you had.

This story was also a little suspenseful because of the mystery surrounding Savannah’s adoption. It seemed unusual that Abby’s parents would have a child who was given up for adoption and then a year and a half later have another child who they kept. I couldn’t figure out why that happened, so it was a surprise when it was revealed. I have heard of cases like this happening with adopted children before, where parents give up a child for adoption and then have more children later. DNA services are also making it more common for people to find relatives that they didn’t know existed, which I think will be a common story in many books in the future.

I really enjoyed this fun summer story!

Thank you Wednesday Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Have you read You Have a Match? What did you think of it?

Review: Love and War (Alex and Eliza #2)

Title: Love and War (Alex and Eliza #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

1780. Albany, New York. 

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon’s over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington’s right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided–much like the colonies’ interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza’s relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama. 

Review:

1780: Newlyweds Alexander and Eliza Hamilton are settling into their new life. They haven’t been able to settle into their own home yet because of Alex’s unstable job and traveling around. He has been General Washington’s right hand man, but he’s ready to take a bigger role for himself. While Alex decides to take some chances with his job, Eliza has to deal with family drama at home.

Though this story takes place almost 250 years ago, there were some timely aspects of it. America is still fighting in the Revolutionary War in the story. Alex has ideas about how America should be governed after the war. He believes the states should be united, using the same currency and laws. This theme of unity is prevalent today in the President Joe Biden’s plans for his presidency. There was a quote from Eliza at the end of the book which is so relevant today: “[The United States of America] is a shared space and a shared vision, and only when we learn that our different points of view give us a special strength will we tap into the full potential of our unique, united sensibilities.” Our differences make the world special, and they shouldn’t divide us.

I learned a lot about American history in this story. I didn’t know the details about how the country was formed during the Revolutionary War. I also found it fascinating how these historical problems, like the division between two groups of people, are still so relevant today.

This is a beautiful historical series!

What to read next:

All for One by Melissa de la Cruz

Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott

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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

FEYRE WILL BRING VENGEANCE.

She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

BUT WHILE WAR RAGES, IT IS HER HEART THAT WILL FACE THE GREATEST BATTLE.

THE THRILLING THIRD BOOK IN #1 NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLING FANTASY SERIES FROM SARAH J. MAAS.

Review:

Feyre has left the Night Court, Rhysand, and her newly fae sisters, and returned to Tamlin and the Spring Court. She’s pretending that the mating bond between her and Rhys has been broken so she can learn the war plans of Tamlin and Hybern. Feyre has to figure out how to defeat Hybern with his magical cauldron, while also uniting the High Lords in war.

This was an epic conclusion to Feyre’s story. The story continues in a novella and another novel, which will focus on another couple. However, this book ended Feyre’s main story arc, which had an exciting finale.

There were some heart-pounding moments at the end of the book. I really didn’t know how it was going to end and who was going to survive. Even though this story ended most of the main story, there were still some loose ends that can continue in the upcoming books.

I loved this thrilling third book!

What to read next:

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Review: Georgana’s Secret

Title: Gorgana’s Secret
Author: Arlem Hawks
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A Regency romance on the high seas.

1811, HMS Deborah

Georgana Woodall dreams of freedom—freedom from her past and freedom from her secret. She has been living on her father’s ship for years, disguised as a cabin boy named “George.” But hiding her true self is becoming more difficult, and she yearns to break free of her life on the sea.

Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty’s Royal Navy claiming his full attention. Determined to prove himself to his new captain, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the boy under his wing.

Georgana quickly loses her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care, but needing to maintain her disguise as a cabin boy, she is convinced nothing can come of her affection. 

Georgana’s Secret is about two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

Review:

1811: Georgana is the daughter of a ship captain. She has travelled with him on his ships for the past three years, since she came of age, in the disguise of a boy named George. The crew thinks that George is an orphan and a distant relative of the captain, but she doesn’t have the respect of the other men and boys. Dominic is a lieutenant on the ship. His mother wants him to get a promotion to captain, but he refused the promotion so that he can have more consistent work and support his mother. His mother has heard of Georgana, the captain’s daughter, and wants Dominic to find out more about her because she wants him to get married. Dominic is drawn to George when he sees him being bullied by the rest of the crew. They spend time together, and Georgana can’t help but fall for Dominic. However, she needs to maintain her disguise as a cabin boy to protect the ship and her father’s position.

This was a very slow burn romance. There was a lot of tension with Georgana’s secret. I held my breath every time someone came close to figuring it out. At the same time, I was rooting for Georgana and Dominic to get together and for him to figure out that she was really a girl in disguise.

I was a little lost when it came to the description of the ship and all the work they did on it. Most of the story was set on the ship, except for a couple of chapters. I’m not familiar with the terms that were used so I couldn’t follow the parts where there was a lot of technical terminology used.

I liked this regency romance.

Thank you Shadow Mountain for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden

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Review: The Lady and the Highwayman (The Dread Penny Society #1)

Title: The Lady and the Highwayman (The Dread Penny Society #1)
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.

Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin, but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Mr. King started taking all of his readers–and his profits. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher’s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the rights of the less-fortunate.

Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King’s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. 

For the first time, Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. Its upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.

Review:

Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and the author of books for upper class women. She also secretly writes penny dreadful novels under the pen name Mr. King. Fletcher Walker is also an author of penny dreadfuls, and he is a member of the Dreadful Penny Society, which is a group who writes the novels and helps less-fortunate children. Mr. King has surpassed Fletcher as the top writer, but Fletcher doesn’t know Mr. King’s identity. When Fletcher discovers that Elizabeth knows Mr. King, he enlists her help to figure out who he is. At the same time, they both help each other with saving children from the adults who want to hurt them.

Elizabeth and Fletcher appeared to be opposites but they had a lot in common. They were both successful writers of penny dreadfuls, even though Elizabeth’s identity was a secret. They also both wanted to help children in need. It was disturbing to see how children were treated and overworked, and there weren’t any laws to help save them or punish the people who endangered them. Though Elizabeth and Fletcher came from different backgrounds, they had the same values.

The penny dreadful serials that Elizabeth and Fletcher wrote appeared between the chapters in this story. They each had distinctive voices apart from the main narrative. Their stories mirrored what was happening in their real lives, except without the supernatural aspects. I liked seeing how the authors incorporated parts of their lives into their work.

This was a fun Victorian story!

What to read next:

The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Other books in the series:

  • The Gentleman and the Thief

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Review: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)

Title: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Gift
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Review:

Gavin Scott’s marriage is in trouble. He’s one of the star athletes on the Nashville baseball team, and now his wife, Thea, is asking for a divorce after he walked out during a fight. His friends on the team invite him to the Bromance Book Club, to learn how to get his wife back. They read romance novels to figure out what their wives want. The men in the book club guide Gavin on how to get his wife back, using a regency romance novel.

The Bromance Book Club is such a fun premise for a novel! Since romance novels are usually written for women, they show exactly what women want in a romance. The men in this story have figured out that romance novels are the key to figuring out what women want.

Since Gavin was studying romance novels and how he could use them to get Thea back, the men had to break down how the plot develops in the romance novel. When Gavin got stuck, they pointed out that he needed to figure out Thea’s backstory or past. I loved the way this described how romance novels are plotted, while also creating a romance between Gavin and Thea. This was a clever way to break down the parts of a romance novel within the story.

This was such a great story! I’m so excited to read the rest of this series!

What to read next:

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Other books in the series:

  • Undercover Bromance
  • Crazy Stupid Bromance

Have you read The Bromance Book Club? What did you think of it?

Review: The Roommate

Title: The Roommate
Author: Rosie Danan
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

House Rules:
Do your own dishes.
Knock before entering the bathroom.
Never look up your roommate online.

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

Review:

Clara Wheaton is from an elite family from the east coast. After she graduates with a PhD in Art History, she decides to move to California to stay with her childhood crush. When she gets there, she finds out that he is about to go on tour with his band, and he has rented out a room in his house to someone else. The man who is staying at Clara’s friend’s house is Josh Darling. What Clara doesn’t know at first is that Josh Darling is a porn star. After Clara learns first hand how good Josh is at his job, she decides to fund a project with him. They create a program to teach women how to have better sex. However, there are possible repercussions, with Josh’s contracted job and Clara’s family’s reputation that could be affected by their new venture.

This was a fun, steamy romance. I laughed out loud when Josh’s job as a porn actor was revealed, because I wasn’t expecting that. There were some funny moments, such as when Clara discovered Josh’s job, but there was also a lot of steamy romance.

Since this story was about porn and sex, there were a lot of sex scenes. I felt like they overpowered the story at a certain point, because there was so much sex. I really enjoyed the rest of the story. There was a lot of tension when Josh’s and Clara’s jobs got in the way of their new project, but I wish the rest of the plot was more prominent in the story.

This is a steamy romance!

Thank you Berkley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Have you read The Roommate? What did you think of it?

Review: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)

Title: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Romane, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Avon
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 28, 2015 (originally published January 5 2000)
Rating: ★★★★★

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From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…

Review:

Daphne is one of the eight Bridgerton siblings. She’s well liked in the “ton” but she has three older brothers who intimidate any worthy suitors for her. One day, she meets Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, who saves her from one of her most persistent suitors. Simon has always been certain that he never wants to get married, but mothers are always bringing their eligible daughters to meet him at parties. Daphne and Simon decide to solve both of their problems by starting a fake courtship: the mothers will think he’s taken and will stop parading their daughters around him, and other men will suddenly see Daphne as desirable. This fake courtship works, until the gossip writer Lady Whistledown questions their relationship and forces them to acknowledge their feelings.

When I heard this series described as Gossip Girl meets Jane Austen, I knew I had to read it. It has a regency setting, which reminded me of Jane Austen romances. It also had the juicy gossip of Gossip Girl. There were some funny moments, such as the names of the Bridgerton siblings. All eight of them have names that start with the first eight letters of the alphabet in order of their birth: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. These were kind of cheesy but it made it much easier to keep track of the siblings and their ages.

There were some possibly triggering scenes in this story. At the beginning, one woman died in childbirth after losing many babies before. There was also a scene of non-consensual sex. It was a woman who took advantage of a man, which isn’t often portrayed in novels. The characters immediately acknowledged how inappropriate this was after it happened. However, I appreciated how this showed that sexual abuse can and has been done by men and women in any time period.

I really enjoyed this story! I can’t wait to continue the series!

What to read next:

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Other books in the series:

  • The Viscount Who Loved Me
  • An Offer From a Gentleman
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love
  • When He Was Wicked
  • It’s In His Kiss
  • On the Way to the Wedding

Have you read The Duke and I? What did you think of it?

Review: Today Tonight Tomorrow

Title: Today Tonight Tomorrow
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

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The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

Review:

Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been high school rivals for the last four years. On the final day of high school, they are going to learn who is the valedictorian. They have the same grades and are even co-presidents of school council. After Neil wins the title of valedictorian, Rowan wants to win the final prize of their senior year. The graduating class does a special scavenger hunt every year, with this year’s price being $5,000. When Rowan learns that another student is planning on sabotaging Neil, she teams up with him to win. This is the first time they’ve spent time together not competing against each other, which makes them acknowledge their feelings for each other.

This is an amazing story! I could relate to Rowan’s experience in high school. I wasn’t the top of my class, but I had different expectations on what high school would be like. Rowan wrote a list of things she thought she would accomplish in high school when she was a freshman. When she opens the list on her final day, she realizes she didn’t do anything that she thought she would. This is such an honest representation of high school. Usually in movies or tv shows, high school focuses on the most popular kids who follow that typical idealized version of school. There are very few, if any, students who fulfill that role in high school, so I think Rowan would be relatable to many readers.

Rowan loves romance novels but no one else in her life thinks they’re worth reading. I could relate to this too. I loved reading when I was younger, but my friends in my teen years weren’t big readers, so I drifted away from it. If my friends didn’t approve of something I liked, I ended up putting it down. Now I know I should have stood up for what I liked, but it’s difficult to do when you’re a teenager trying to fit in. I think this part of Rowan’s life would be relatable to readers too.

I loved this book! I can’t wait to read Rachel Lynn Solomon’s adult debut next month!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally

Have you read Today Tonight Tomorrow? What did you think of it?