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Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Isn't She Lovely by Lauren Layne

Isn't She Lovely 
by Lauren Layne
Released Date: Published October 28th 2013 by Flirt
Pages: 240
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“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?” 

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating them. And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

I absolutely love this book so much, I finished it in a day. The overall concept of the book had me wanting for more! When Stephanie Kendrick spends her summer taking a film class at NYU, she wasn't expecting to have Ethan, a rich preppy boy, as her writing partner. They are total opposites, but they somehow get along after telling each other off. Ethan is tired of having his parents on his back all the time after ending his previous relationship, he enrolls in film class just as an excuse to escape from them for the summer. But he wasn't expecting to find himself spending time with Stephanie, the goth-girl. Having no topic to write about, he suggests her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the purposes of the project and to get his parents off his back. All they have to do is pretend that they love each other for a couple of family events and in return Stephanie can stay at his condo rent-free for the rest of the summer. It sounds good to be true, but what happens when they soon stop pretending, what are they going to do then?

I think this book is great, it had a very good start and it had me loving every part of it to the end. Opposites attract would be the better words to describe this book. Although there are a lot of books with the same idea, this book became a page-turner for me. I kept reading it until the very end, and I wasn't disappointed at all. The ending had me laughing and loving those two characters so much, especially Ethan, he is definitely a heartthrob. I recommend everyone to give this book a try, you will not regret it at all. 
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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