Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is chock full of tropes, not unexpected. A couple film school students, complete opposites, are paired up to write a screenplay. They decide on a modern-day version of Pygmalion (a.k.a. My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman, etc) for their project.

Goth Girl and Preppy Rich Boy need real life inspiration to write this Pygmalion-in-a-college-setting movie, and PRB just happens to need a fake girlfriend to present to his snobbish family. GG is having a housing crisis that PRB can solve if she plays along. The heavy black makeup, combat boots, and piercings must go! Total makeover & girly wardrobe ensue.

Add a mama who died of cancer and a few other traumatic things to GG’s sarcastic character. Don’t forget that PRB’s been betrayed by everyone and feels his overpriveledged life has made him shallow. Add that together and what do you get? Angst and drama-rama.

There were quite a few laugh out loud funny bits. I feel like it would’ve worked better as a TV movie, which is kind of funny if you consider the subject. I was entertained, the writing wasn’t bad. I totally admit that I enjoy the fake relationship trope, it’s a cheesy guilty pleasure. I’m rounding 2 and a half stars up to 3. Because I’m feeling nice.

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m wavering between 4 & 5 stars. Time travel is a hard sell for me, too many paradoxes. While the solution was simple & not delved into too deeply in this book, it worked for me. Plus, it’s only a theory the main trio came up with, so if it doesn’t pan out (time is sentient?) the author can toss it & come up with another. MC Em is interesting & shows character growth when compared to her younger self. She ultimately disappointed me with her hesitancy to kill ONE person to save the world. Finn had my heart pretty quickly & I like that he has secrets. The doctor, in all his times & ages, creeped me out. Overall, a hit with me. I was turning pages like crazy. Could’ve done with a bit more killing. Highly recommended.

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