Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.
The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.
“Why can’t love be like it is in the movies?”
So just to be clear, I’m absolute trash for Hollywood romance. I don’t know why–I guess it’s just our culture’s (oh yeah, that’s right Kay, blame it on someone else) fascination with celebrities–but when I saw the blurb, saw that it was about a famous actor and an author, I was completely hooked. I had to read it.
Anyways, what I noticed right off the bat was that the plot was extremely contrived. To give you the set up of the book real quick: the entire plot basically happens because:
1. Teddy Sharpe starts having a conversation with this random girl Bennett next to him on an airplane (idk I feel like this is contrived like would that really happen? but that could just be because I’m socially awkward so you decide)
2. Inclement weather gets him stranded at the airport
3. The random girl he was talking to at the airport decides to invite him to her home to stay the night instead of just getting a more convenient and close hotel (stranger danger kids!)
4. Random girl’s family immediately loves him and he stays there with this random family for the entire weekend. (how does nobody feel uncomfortable about this situation???)
Also let’s just get out there that this girl Bennett published a huge bestseller in her sophomore year of high school that seems extremely not realistic but also I applaud you girl that’s amazing. Also there’s this plot point where someone had to get a whole new phone to avoid someone constantly texting and calling and I was like ok but have you heard of blocking the number?
ALSO, what felt the most contrived of all to me was (view spoiler)
I feel like a lot of this book is banking on it being a fluffy romance, and it was really cute, but also it felt pretty dysfunctional and it wouldn’t work? For one thing, there’s a bit in the beginning that is sort of, kind of, like cheating, and I’m really unsure about how I feel about that because let me tell you, I am definitely not here for cheating. See how much I hated Anna and the French Kiss because of the cheating haha. Then, there’s the fact that for some literal 2/3 of this book Teddy and Bennett seemed to be fighting over some stupid thing, and I kind of wanted to bash my head into the wall because why. I mean, I love angst will they won’t they ahh romance, but this was just like, please. Stop being so immature. And finally, I feel like the love here was really, definitely instalove in its purest form.
WITH THAT BEING SAID…
I feel like with everything and all these points I really should hate this book. Objectively, it’s just not that good. BUT… like I said above, I’m trash for these kinds of books.
The romance here is, like I said, pretty dysfunctional, and tbh, in real life I don’t think they would work as a couple. But here, in my fluffy imagination, I was totally swooning. They had some moments that were just so cute together! And some great make out scenes 😉 I thought this was definitely more explicit than most YA (although this def read like New Adult, not Young Adult!).
The beginning half of the book also takes place over this weekend spent out on a lake hanging out ft. swoony Bennett x Teddy moments and it just made me so happy. I don’t remember when it takes place but it definitely felt like an amazing Morgan Matson-esque summer fun contemporary that I absolutely loved!
Bottom line: objectively, this is really not that good. But if you’re looking for a good guilty pleasure this is A++