Kristen Granata ★★★
Please. Cinderella loses a shoe and it leads her perfect guy right to her. In real life, if a girl loses her shoe at midnight it just means she's drunk.
Thank you to Kristin Granata for providing a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review!
Hooray for pleasant novels and fun reads!
I'm going to jump straight to my magic of threes, but I recommend checking out the synopsis of the contemporary story for more specific detail of the plot and characters.
- Well-paced and Engaging
This novel jumps straight into action, which personally I loved, as I felt immediately involved in Merritt's life and conflicts. The storyline is entertaining, even if predictable at times, and I found myself invested in the characters' lives. I especially enjoyed the characterisation of Merritt's loyal best friend, Shelly. She gives the novel wit and backbone as she drives and pushes Merritt out of her comfort zone and contributes to the engaging plot. From the well-paced start to the cliff-hanger at the end, I found this novel entertaining and interesting.
2. Cute and Comforting
The character dynamics and relationships in this novel are pleasant and comforting, which makes this novel a fun and cosy read. Although the romance between Merritt and Chase Brooks is to great extent foreseeable, their characters are amusing to read about and follow. On the other hand, the novel is not limited only to comfort as it discusses serious topics, such as death, rejection, mental disorders, and suicide. I enjoyed how Merritt's character addresses the stigmas and hardships of these conflicts, but has the ability to overcome and triumph their destruction. Also, I enjoyed the wit and banter in the novel and found the humour refreshing and fun.
At times, I found myself conflicted with the protagonist and found the novel express more "telling rather than showing". For instance, despite the lengthy discussion and presentation of Merritt's hardships in life, it seems that a few conversations with her new love interest seem to break through the shell Merritt has spent years building. This seems unrealistic and a simplistic way to unravel the complex feelings and recovery of Merritt. Additionally, Merritt's character tends to portray classic hypocrisy. While her character seems open and accepting, a few misplaced comments are found, which make her character slightly irritable. For example, she gives into the stereotype when she she becomes jealous and critical over her love interest's fanbase:
"Dumb and blonde. Keeping the stereotype alive."
I found this thought-processing hypocritical as Merritt herself attempts to break the traditional-feminine stereotypes by working with and repairing cars. However, these comments were minor and easily passed off while reading. Yet, the did drop off stars from my rating.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and found it a great summer read! I recommend if you need a novel for relaxing and unwinding. I look forward to reading more of Granata's work in the future!