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Today, I'll be discussing Christina Lauren's Roomies.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.
Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.
Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin realize that they both stopped pretending a long ago?
Roomies, one of Christina Lauren's most popular novels, is a fun and unique love story that takes place in New York City. Unlike Love and Other Words, which is a heavy romance, Roomies is lighthearted and comical.
The novel follows the story of characters Holland Bakker and Calvin Mcloughlin--two individuals who are struggling to accomplish their dreams. The pair agree to get married for the sake of Calvin's big break, but soon, start having very real feelings regarding their fake marriage.
Despite the great cast of characters, this book is special for its storyline. Lauren creates a narrative that shows the lengths people go to achieve their dreams. It's a wonderful reminder that while things may not always go according to plan, it's important to never give up.
This novel is a good pick for readers who are looking for a light and fun romance.
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Today, I'm discussing my first Colleen Hoover: It Ends with Us.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Lily has never had it easy, but that hasn't stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she's graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything suddenly seems too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. But he’s also sensitive and brilliant. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him this way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and link to the life she's left behind. Atlas was her kindred spirit and protector. So when he reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is suddenly threatened.
Colleen Hoover is a wonderful creator and writer. This novel may be a love story, but it's so much more than that. It Ends with Us tells a story of violence and pain but also one of compassion and kindness. It also shows a true depiction of domestic violence.
Hoover's writing is enchanting, but like in so many other novels, it's the characters that make this a memorable story. With the change in timeline from the past to the present, readers have the chance to learn about Lily--her thoughts, fears, and dreams. This also makes her interactions with characters such as her mom, Ryle, and Atlas, more captivating.
While this is a fine read, it's important to remember that it features mature content. It Ends with Us tackles difficult topics which may not be for everyone.
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Today, I'm discussing Sarah Knight's The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
Are you stressed out and exhausted? Are you fed up with pleasing everyone else instead of yourself? Then, it's time to stop giving a f*ck.
This practical parody of Marie Kondo's bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt in order to start caring about the people and things that make you happy.
Sarah Knight's The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck is a fun twist on Marie Kondo's bestselling novel. And in many ways, it's also more intriguing and engaging.
However, despite Knight's unique perspective, this read isn't as helpful as her other novel Calm the F*ck Down. While The Life-Changing Magic is simply a fine read, Calm the F*ck Down's guide is genuinely useful. Despite offering a couple of tips, this book is repetitive and not exactly applicable. Because of this, I would suggest skipping this one and checking out Knight's other works.
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Today, I'm back with another Christina Lauren novel: Love and Other Words.
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious and emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident; plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man; keep her head down; and heart tucked away. But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to disappear.
A long time ago, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
Christina Lauren is truly phenomenal. Like Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, Love and Other Words is heartwarming and captivating. C.L.'s writing is remarkable, but it's the characters that make this story brilliant and unforgettable.
Through the protagonists, the authors manage to create and develop a narrative that is engaging, genuine, and relatable. Macy and Elliot are real characters, who like many of us, have gone through ordeals that have shaped them, their actions, and their relationships.
Like many, Macy protects her heart by keeping partners at arm's length, while Elliot protects himself from heartbreak by giving other women only a small part of himself. These characters hurt, love, laugh. They remind readers that relationships are hard work, but that sometimes, they're worth it.
Love and Other Words is a great pick for any reader of romance and fans of character-based novels.
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