AUTHOR: Leah Konen
PUBLICATION DATE: May 14th, 2019
PUBLISHER: Amulet Books
GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see. This sweet and funny summertime romance is perfect for fans of Love and Gelato and The Unexpected Everything.
RATING: 3.5/5 STARS
Happy Messy Scary Love was a cute summer romance that lived up to its title. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance lately, and despite the cliche premise I felt that it had its unique moments.
The story was entertaining. Olivia just dug herself in a deeper hole each time she lied or didn’t tell the truth and it was fun to see her overcome all the obstacles.
In terms of character development Konen could have done better. I knew other characters like Elm and Katie (Olivia’s best friend) better, but there were some behaviors of Olivia’s that were left unexplained. There was a of potential for her and I’m disappointed that it wasn’t reached.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the story and if you are looking for a fun summer contemporary I would recommend this one!
Leah Konen is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and creative writing. She’s the author of the forthcoming HAPPY MESSY SCARY LOVE, LOVE AND OTHER TRAIN WRECKS, THE ROMANTICS, THE LAST TIME WE WERE US and THE AFTER GIRLS. She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband and their dog, Farley.
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Ends: 22nd May 2019