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.