[I was generously provided with a free advance review copy by the author in exchange for an honest review; that doesn’t affect my review in any way]
I understand what the author wanted to deliver through this book; the friends-to-lovers trope is one loved by a lot of people out there, myself included. But there were a lot of things I couldn’t cope with. The first was that the main character, Holly, seemed to me like the kind of person that cannot cease complaining although she literally had everything she needed. I understand that was she’d gone through was life-altering. But even after that, when here sister provided her with a cozy home and a good-enough job, she started complaining about how her room was like ‘Harry Potter’s little cupboard of a room underneath the stairs’. Like, her sister genuinely opened up her house and welcomed Holly with open arms, why can’t she be thankful for that? Then there’s that thing with Brandon. The insta love was cringe-worthy, to be honest. I have no problem with insta-love, but it just didn’t feel right here. Which brings us to the third thing that didn’t click with me; Holly & Brandon’s relationship. I saw no chemistry between the two characters whatsoever. And honesty? Breaking them up and putting them back together does not make their relationship any stronger or any righter. Other than that, I was honestly fond of Holly’s devotion to her job. And I liked the parts featuring Ester, who was really funny at times.
“People like you don’t fall in love with people like me.”
Meet Holly Hughes, a moderately successful teen advice columnist living in a studio apartment on the Upper East Side with her boyfriend Stephen. She has it all, but at the ripe age of thirty-one, she wants more. She wants to be married, she wants a family, and she’s going to have it all with Stephen.
At least, that’s what she thought, until Stephen announces he’s gay, and the domino effect of unfortunate events begins. She soon finds herself unemployed, single, and living in her sister’s house on Long Island, working as her niece’s babysitter for less than minimum wage. She’s pretty certain she’s destined to live in the Land of Mediocrity forever.
And then, her niece runs face-first into a tall, handsome man at the bookstore.
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Holly Freakin’ Hughes is an HFN title about acceptance, feeling good enough, and the reality that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
NOTE: This book contains some strong language and sexual situations. Age discretion is advised.
This book will also be a part of a series of at least three books. They just haven’t been born yet. Patience is appreciated.
Expected publication: August 1st 2017