Publication Date: March 24, 2014
Publisher: The Studio (of Paper Lantern Lit)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 350 (eBook)
Source: From Publisher for Review
1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.
Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.
Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?
Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?
I got really excited when I was invited to be part of this blog tour because I love everything that The Studio at Paper Lantern Lit represents. While all books published through The Studio are e-book only, it's what The Studio stands for that I really love. Essentially, they are willing to take previously self-published books and make them over to give them another chance and further their audience outreach. Look at the cover! It is so pretty! Doesn't it make you want to read the book immediately?!
Now that that is out of the way...review time!
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I found it to be completely adorable, which totally is not expected after reading that synopsis. Shana Norris sure knows how to tell a story that can make you smile. I would definitely recommend this as a solid summer read perfect for the beach!
What surprised me most is that though this book manages to be adorable, it also manages to delve into deeper subject content because our main character is so broken. She's obsessive with planning out her life because of the fact that her mother abandoned her years ago. It's almost heartbreaking that she's in this constant struggle where freedom and coincidence simply cannot play a part. In middle school she took over the role of being a mother. Of course that's going to be really hard.
But, in my opinion, what makes this book is Zac! While Avery can be obsessive and, at times, frustrating, Zac balances Avery out so well. He's perhaps one of the most unique boys I have come across in a while. I don't want to ruin any of his many surprises for you, so I highly suggest reading this book for yourself so you can love him, too! I will say that he's more relaxed and welcomes risks with open arms, which was a breath of fresh air for Avery. Opposites really do attract, guys!
You know that if a review I write is short it's because I was left speechless. I can't say anything else about this story aside from the fact that I am definitely satisfied. I can't wait to see what else Shana Norris has in store for us and I'm so thankful for the pleasant break from finals that this book provided me with.
FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation in any form in exchange for my honest review.
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