Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she's got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.
Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he's worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he's truly belonged.
As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it's not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it's their own insecurities.
Well, and the stalkerazzi.
The My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Book #2 A Tale of Two Centuries
Book #3 My Not So Super Sweet Life
About the Author
Rachel Harris is also the author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, A Tale of Two Centuries, and the Love and Games romance series for adult readers. When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath...next to a pile of chocolate.
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My Not So Super Sweet Life
By Rachel Harris, Stacy Abrams
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So Much for Normal
Once upon a time (say, like, four months ago), the phrase girl bonding was a foreign concept. An expression I never expected to say, or even think, without gagging. But not only am I not choking on the delicious, gooey, calorie-laden brownie I'm currently devouring, but a goopy green mask is in place, Hello Kitty slippers are on my feet, and I totally just snorted.
Welcome to my new normal.
As my very-soon-to-be-stepmother Jenna teaches, or rather, attempts to teach my uber-conservative cousin and rhythmically challenged best friend to do the running man, I marvel at how much my life has changed. This time last year, I would've scoffed at anything girly. I'd never been kissed—or even on a date. I had major trust issues, and my best friend was my dad. Now, I have a hot, swoonalicious boyfriend. I have not one but two close friends. And after sixteen and a half years of Mama drama, scandal-hungry paparazzi, and bizarre time-traveling escapades—thanks to my favorite gypsy girl Reyna—it looks as though I'm finally, maybe, hopefully getting a taste of normalcy.
So why does it feels like the other shoe is about to drop?
The sofa cushion dips, and a whoosh of air fans my face, yanking me from my tilt-a-whirl thoughts. Alessandra, my sixteenth-century ancestor, blows out a breath, her freshly scrubbed cheeks pink from exhaustion. I lift my lips in a smile and accidently crack my goopy mask in the process.
"You've got some moves, girlfriend," I say, nudging her with my elbow, not surprised. While my dancing left much to be desired during my jaunt to the past, Less had skills. Evidently, that particular talent carried over when she came to the future. Lowering my voice so Jenna and Hayley won't hear, I say, "All that complicated mumbo jumbo in packed ballrooms must've paid off. Too bad Austin's not here to see you shake your groove thang."
As with any other time I mention the boy's name, a dopey smile zips across my cousin's face. She's so whipped.
"It is a shame he is not here, but if he were, I doubt I would be dancing." Her dark eyes shine with humor. "I may be bolder than when I first arrived, but I'm a far cry from crazy."
She playfully lifts a waxed eyebrow, and my mask-cracked grin widens. Alessandra's easy use of modern lingo still amazes me. Her transition into a twenty-first-century teen has been almost effortless. Sure, she stumbled in the beginning, but now she's in the zone. Less is in love, starring in the school play, and fending offers from Hollywood, thanks to her fabulous stint in the Shakespeare Winter Workshop. It's as if she were born for this century, this life, and was simply biding her time in the Renaissance until a bit of gypsy magic made it all happen.
A twinge of envy pricks behind my ribs.
I'm happy for my cousin. I am. It's just ... she's only been in my world for six weeks. She's found her place. Maybe it's about time I found mine.
My best friend Hayley plops onto the love seat across from me, snagging a brownie on her way down. "Must have chocolate," she says, breaking off a large chunk. She shoves it in her mouth, and her eyes roll back in bliss. "So good," she mumbles.
"Yeah, yeah, rub it in." Jenna frowns at the tray of calorific goodness. "You skinny misses pig out to your heart's content. I can take it, even if it is my bachelorette party."
Today's a teacher in-service day at school, which means the students have a mini-vacay. With Jenna's wedding on the horizon, what better way to spend the day than with bachelorette-inspired girly-time makeovers?
See? I'm totally evolving.
Licking her index finger, Jenna presses it into the scattered crumbs on the plate and then lifts it to her nose. She inhales audibly before heaving a dramatic sigh. "Two more days," she proclaims, wiping her finger on a napkin. "Two more days of rabbit food so I can fit into my dress, and then I'm wolfing an entire layer of wedding cake myself. Mark my words, girls."
Hayley picks up the television remote and powers on the mounted flat screen. "Hang in there, Miss J. It'll all be worth it when you see the pictures. Your dress is flipping fabulous."
Hayley is an aspiring fashion designer, so she'd know. She's also a fellow art nerd on the fringes of Roosevelt Academy's social order, and we became friends fresh from my jaunt to the past. Her mantra of Keep Calm, Love Fashion has been amusing me ever since. Her stamp of approval is like a thumbs-up from the fearsome Joan and Melissa Rivers, and it's as close as Jenna will ever get, since that particular duo won't be weighing in.
The details of Dad's wedding are super hush-hush, with only the inner circle even knowing the date. Tabloids have speculated for months. April in Catalina or June in Malibu; I've even heard October in Paris or Rome. The paparazzi will never guess an award-winning Hollywood director and the leading party planner of Beverly Hills are getting hitched in their own backyard, with a slim guest list of fifty, on Valentine's Day weekend.
"And speaking of fabulous ..." Hayley selects The Kate Lyons Show from the menu. "I have such a clothing crush on this woman." Hugging a throw pillow close to her chest, she settles in to watch the program, tossing Jenna a defeated look. "No chance she'll be there, huh?"
Understandably, the wedding—and its noticeable lack of invited celebs—has been the topic du jour.
Jenna shakes her head. "Nope. Inviting her or anyone else in the media would've been like asking vultures to camp outside our front door. Peter and I want to keep this as low-key and off the radar as possible. We've seen the weddings with paparazzi stalking the family, following the kids to school." She shudders, and the smooth skin around her bright eyes tightens. "That's not happening to Cat."
Her tone is intense, proving what I've suspected all along—I'm the reason for the small wedding. True, Dad has never been into the trappings of his Hollywood status, and Jenna isn't the attention-getter I once pegged her to be. But this is their wedding. Dad's first marriage was over before it even began, and it certainly hadn't been rooted in love. Not the kind he has with Jenna, anyway. And Jenna's the ultimate girly-girl. If it weren't for me, and worrying about my safety, I know she'd have wanted a grand affair.
"It's not too late to change your mind," I tell her, for what has to be the hundredth time. "Money makes the world go round. You can easily get a new, snazzy location if you throw enough around, and as for the camera-toting vermin, I've dealt with them my entire life. I can handle it."
Jenna reaches over and takes my hand. "I know you can, Cat, but that's not the point. The three of us are finally becoming a family. That's what is important here, not impressing the world with glamour. For whatever reason, Caterina's been lying low lately, and your father and I don't want to tempt fate. Or give the media extra incentive to bother us."
She says us, but she means me. Nodding, I squeeze her hand. I understand where she's coming from, even if it does make me feel guilty. But Jenna is right about one thing. Caterina—my mother—has been quiet lately. Uncharacteristically so. And while I should be grateful for the lack of mortification, her silence only makes me anxious. You know what they say about the calm before the storm ...
Pushing to my feet, I sigh and then walk toward the hallway, ready to wash the gunk off my face. By now, my skin should be officially exfoliated and smoother than a baby's butt. I've taken exactly two and a half steps when Kate Lyons's perky voice fills the room.
"Welcome back, everyone! And you're gonna be so glad you tuned in. My next guest has starred in tons of blockbusters such as The Event Planner, Secrets and Vines, and No One Has to Know."
My feet freeze.
Here comes the storm.
"And she's here today with a startling revelation," the woman continues, shooting ice down my back. "Please join me in welcoming Caterina Angeli!"
My birth mother's name attached to the phrase "startling revelation" is not a good sign.
But it's like a car wreck. I can't not look. I can't not turn back. I backpedal to the living room, the sound of my pounding pulse almost eclipsing the studio audience's enthusiastic applause. I fall in a heap in front of the television and watch as the woman who gave me life, the woman I haven't seen in person in more than ten years, graces the New York City soundstage. My boyfriend Lucas wonders why my first response is to push people away when there's trouble, why I'm so sure that he'll leave me one day.
This woman is the reason.
A gentle hand takes mine, and without looking, I know it's Alessandra. She must be dumbstruck. I was when I saw her mom back in the sixteenth century. The two women are doppelgangers—those tend to run rampant around me—but the resemblance stops at appearance. Personality-wise, they couldn't be more different. My aunt is actually a lot like Jenna, a blessing and a curse for my cousin. I know Less is happy with her choice to stay in the future, but she misses her mother terribly. Seeing mine, as horrid as she is, must suck an egg. I squeeze back to say I'm here and tug my knees to my chest.
"Thanks so much for having me, Kate," my mother says, trademark wide smile in place as she turns to the audience and waves.
She's as polished and beautiful as ever. Long, dark hair shining under the lights, dark smoky eyes made up to perfection. People always say we look alike. In some ways we do—we've got the same hair color and eyes, and according to Wikipedia, around the same height. But the wide smile that's launched a hundred lipsticks looks completely wrong on my smaller face. The graceful beauty Caterina Angeli is known for just isn't happening; I don't have a team of touchup professionals at my beck and call. And as for that air of natural confidence my mother exudes, despite what people may think, all I've done is perfected the art of faking aloofness. I'm the non-airbrushed, unpolished, slightly awkward version of the temptress of Hollywood. Yay, me.
"Thank you all for such a warm welcome," my mother says. "It really means a lot." Manicured, clasped hands fly to her chest as her mouth closes in a gentler (though no less fake) smile. What looks to be tears rush to her eyes, and I roll mine as she says, "It feels so good to be among friends again."
Among friends? Is she referring to the nameless sea of admiring strangers or the glamazon talk show host with dollar signs for eyes? And as for again, she's only been out of the public eye for a nanosec. A couple months max. Jenna sinks beside me, her disbelieving snort hinting at thoughts aligned with mine.
Ms. Lyons leans closer in her padded chair, face pulled in concern. "Are you okay?" she asks, grabbing the nearby tissue box. I'm sure she's thinking, Please cry. That'll skyrocket my ratings.
Mommy Dearest nods, making a production of plucking several tissues from the box. "Thank you, Kate." She takes a breath and looks back at the audience. "You know, celebrities aren't perfect. We make mistakes. I make a lot of them—but you know that. You watch TMZ."
She winks, like the scandals and liaisons that have haunted me my entire life are no big deal, and the dumb crowd chuckles.
Kate shakes her head. "We know most of that is exaggerated."
"You're right," my mother agrees. "But no one's ever confused me with a saint. I've singlehandedly kept the tabloids in print. Even they'd tell you, though, that I've changed. I'm getting older. And more than anything, I'd like to fix some of my past mistakes."
Jenna's body goes still beside me. That's my first hint that trouble is coming.
Then Caterina looks into the camera, almost as if she can see straight through it, directly at me. My second warning. "I have a beautiful daughter," she says, and the world around me ceases to exist. "She's named after me, as everyone knows, but we're not close. Haven't been for some time. That's my fault, and it's the biggest regret of my life."
Tears fall down her flawless, olive-toned cheeks, but I'm a statue. A hunk of emotionless marble, like the kind Lucas uses in his art. My mother, the internationally famous actress Caterina Angeli, is on television, admitting to the world how she's failed me. And I've got nothing. No tears, no anger, no raining down of disbelieving curses. Nothing.
"I miss my daughter, Kate," she says, closing her eyes as mine widen. Alessandra shifts closer and slings an arm around my back. "I have something I need to tell her. Something important that must be said in person." She pauses to draw a breath, and in that brief moment, I just know my life is about to change forever.
She nods as if agreeing with my assessment and announces, "That's why I'm attending Peter's wedding this weekend in Beverly Hills."
Hayley makes a noise that sounds like a teakettle on crack. Alessandra's hold crushes my lungs. As for Jenna, if it's possible to look both terrified and pissed at the same time, that's her. Nostrils flared, color gone, jaw clenched and shaking. Phones immediately start ringing. Soon, those vultures will be circling our door. The cat's out of the bag.
So much for my normal.
"Caterina Angeli does it again," I whisper.CHAPTER 2
It's My Life
Dad's home. His voice rumbles from down the hall as I drop my gym bag on the ground. I want to take a shower, call my girl, and crash—but he's here. For two weeks it's been building, the need to tell him I'm done. That soccer isn't for me, and I'm not David. I know he's gonna freak. Then be silently pissed and distant. He might even shut down again. But I can't let that stop me. I can't keep living someone else's life. This has to happen, and after the beat down Coach just put us through on our so-called holiday, I'm ready for it to be today.
I kick off my sneakers in the mudroom, an asinine thought crossing my mind. Maybe his being here early is a sign. A month ago, I'd have called myself an idiot for thinking it. Supernatural crap is for losers and people with too much time on their hands, or so I thought before I met Cat's cousin. Or saw the gypsy Reyna with my own eyes. Now, I don't know what to think, but I know that divine intervention or not, I'm getting this over with.
Endorphins pound my veins as I walk down the hall, gilded frames lining both sides. School photos, family portraits, my big brother playing sports. The shrine of David, I call it. I stop in front of the last one, putting off the inevitable for another minute, and stare at him from back when he was around my age, kicking ass and taking names for his team in San Diego. They won that day, thanks to that goal. It's also the last one he ever scored.
My big brother was a hero. Not just because I looked up to him, and not even because he was incredible on the field. David actually saved a woman's life. He stepped in when a bunch of thugs were jumping her outside his apartment complex late one night. Unfortunately, it meant they turned on him instead.
Swiping the sweat and grime from my face with the hem of my shirt, I think through my plan again. Get in. State the facts. Get out.
Dad will respect honesty.
I tap my fist against the frame.
Or he'll have a complete breakdown, and it will be all my fault.
When I finally step into the living room, conflicted but resolved, my younger sister looks up from the TV.
"Dad's home." Angela's voice sounds off. She's sprawled out on the sofa, flipping through channels like David Beckham running down the wing. Her bare foot taps the leather cushion, and the remote bounces in her hand. She's anxious. Or upset. And that can only mean one thing.
"They're at it again?" I ask, parking my ass on the edge of the sofa.
Angela's frown silently answers my question.
Our parents don't have knock-down, drag-out fights or anything. In fact, they don't argue at all. That would require emotion from Dad, and since David died, that's something he doesn't have. As for Mom, her general M.O. is not to rock the boat. To keep everyone happy and hold us so close we suffocate. But lately things have been weird. Dad's schedule has been erratic, Mom's rosary rarely leaves her fingers, and they've both been talking in code. Dad's business partner has been calling a lot, so I figure it must be about the record label. But if something happened to make Angela this stressed, maybe I should hold off on talking to Dad.
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Table of Contents
ContentsSo Much for Normal,
It's My Life,
The Shoe Drop,
Mi Casa Es Su Casa,
Not on My Watch,
Clue Number One,
Secrets and Lies,
My Stupid Mouth,
A Kick in the Ass,
Epilogue: Ciao Bella,
Written in the Stars,
About the Author,
Other books by Rachel Harris ...,
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm SO HAPPY we got to see the rest of Cat & Lucas's story! You guys, I can't even tell you just how happy this story made me! I laughed, I cried, and I most definitely swooned! What a fabulous end to their story. Cat is back, and she's growing up. She is going through some tough stuff, and sometimes the learning and growing is a little painful. But she's stronger than she thinks she is. And help may come from unexpected places. Lucas, Lucas, Lucas...I <3 this young man SO MUCH! Let's just say if I was 10 years younger, Cat would have some serious competition for this swoon-worthy boy. :) Even when the going gets tough, Lucas will do anything to make sure he protects what's his. Not only is he going through all of Cat's crazyiness with her, but he's got some of his own crazy going on. You'll get to see some of your favorite old characters, as well as a few new ones. If you haven't read the earlier books in this series, you can still read this one alone. But I HIGHLY recommend reading the other two first! YOU WILL LOVE THIS! I promise! Go forth and one-click!
I cannot say how much I absolutely love this series!!! Everything about it makes me all swoony! Rachel Harris knows how to right her characters. They are sweet, confused, and trying to learn how to fumble through their lives. I think having a story told from Cat and Lucas’ point of view was great. I liked being in both of their heads, and seeing pieces of what’s been happening being put together. I am not a fan of Cat’s mom. She had me grinding my teeth, and shooting daggers with my eyes. MNSSSL was paced perfectly. The story had me in from the beginning, and when it was over I was sad to see it end. It’s so easy to have a connection with these characters, and I know they’ll always be with me!
I cannot tell you all how much I just love this series by Rachel Harris! It is seriously one of my all time favorites and I really loved this one so much because Cat and Lucas just hold a really special place in my heart. We get our share of familiar faces in this one and we get some unexpected new ones too! This book was just really cute and whew did it make me swoon! I love Austin hardcore, but Lucas Capelli is one sexy guy! Pacing: I felt this one had a good pacing. I feel we really got to understand Cat and Lucas's characters by the dual POV, and Rachel did a good job of showing us the evolvement of both our main characters throughout the book. Storyline: This story is the more contemporary one of the three novels in the series. Instead of dealing with a gypsy named Reyna and time traveling, we are in present day Los Angeles dealing with the hurricane known as Caterina Angeli. Just when Cat has finally gotten to a place where she is letting people in and not being so afraid to form attachments, her world is rocked to the core as her mother is back in town and announces very publicly that she wants to make things right with her daughter. However, Caterina Angeli doesn't do anything low key. Everything is very public and flamboyant, throwing Cat's subdued, quiet life into chaos. Naturally, this brings out the protective, fierce side to Lucas and had me swooning from how crazy in love with her he is. I adored their romance and watching them fight for one another and their love. Characters: Cat has always had a hard time letting people in. She pushes people away for fear they will just end up leaving her, like her mother once did. She is finally at a point where she is learning to trust and open her heart. Alessandra, Lucas, Jenna, and even Austin have all become such pivotal people in Cat's life and they really go above and beyond to show her they will always be there for her. Caterina Angeli really did a number on Cat, abandoning her and never really knowing or understanding why. She never thought she measured up to her mom's standards and that really has to shatter a young girl's self-esteem and self-worth. Therefore, Cat and her dad are very close. It wasn't easy for Cat to accept another woman in her dad's life, but she is really warming up to Jenna. Jenna cares about Cat a lot and will do anything to protect her, which while Cat appreciates, she ends up feeling a bit stifled by that protectiveness in this novel. I felt for Cat. She wants answers. She needs them. For so long she's wondered if SHE did something to warrant her mother leaving, which is why she hasn't been able to fully open her heart to Lucas. Everyone is afraid for Cat, that's she making herself too vulnerable and exposed by agreeing to see her mom. Secretly, Cat hopes her mom could be genuine, but she is not going to go in and get blindsided either. Lucas stole the show for me. He is the most hard-edged of Harris's boys thus far, and I really loved it. He is fiercely protective of Cat and he refuses to let her go into this thing with her mom alone. His possessive nature of Cat is really endearing to me because finally Cat has someone who loves her and is completely in her corner. He doesn't agree with all of Cat's decisions, but he is going to make a point to stand by her no matter what. Lucas understands what it's like to not feel as if he doesn't measure up to his parents' standards. Lucas doesn't want to play soccer like his Dad wants and expects him to. He doesn't want to follow in his brother, David's footsteps. He wants to pursue art and he wants his father to recognize that he is his own person, not someone who is trying to measure up to his deceased brother. His father isn't the same man he was before he lost his eldest son and Lucas describes him as emotionless. I can't imagine the pain this family feels after losing a son and a brother, but Lucas doesn't want his dreams to be cast aside just to make his father happy. I am so proud of his determination and his drive to go after what he wants. Lucas is a genuine great guy and I loved getting his POV. Cat needs Lucas. She craves him, in fact. He is the one real thing in her life, and while she doesn't feel she can be completely whole with him until she seeks answers from her mom, he does still provide a stability for her just by knowing how much he cares for her. I could not stand Caterina. I feel I have to talk about her because the book is heavily centered around her. She is self-absorbed, manipulative, and has her own agenda. She does things for herself and to make things better for HERSELF. She claims she wants to atone for her past mistakes and be the maternal figure she never was to Cat. Yet her own selfishness is brought to the forefront time and time again and I just couldn't board that crazy train. Another character I can't really talk much about, but I love to death is Ransom. Rance is a musician and is Alessandra's brother's doppelganger. He's confident, but he's also a mystery too. Lucas doesn't trust him, but Lucas is very wary of all things Caterina Angeli and with good reason. Final Thoughts: I loved this one. Seeing Cat and Lucas overcome their insecurities and learn to trust and believe in one another and their love really fills your heart and I am not at all ready to let these characters go. Get ready to swoon, laugh, and cry- My Not So Super Sweet Life is just the read you need in your life.
I have really enjoyed this series. It was the cover of the first Book, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century that caught my eye and got me started and mind you, that doesn't happen often. This book revolves more about Cat and Lucas since they have not had their story yet. It's not just a story about their romance but it's about both of them finding themselves and the life that they want. For Lucas, it was not being in the shadow of his brother and pursuing what he wants. For Cat, it was closure for the hole in her heart. There were a lot more interactions between Cat and Jenna as well and there were lots of swoony, sweet and teary moments in this book. It is more emotional driven especially for Cat. You see her vulnerable moments as she has opened herself to the people around her. I like that Lucas was not afraid to show his vulnerability and emotions as well. I had also been wondering about Cip and how life was doing for him without Less and I was in for a surprise. That was really unexpected. Nice one, Rachel. The writing is a little different from the other 2 books in that, the story alternates between Cat and Lucas' POVs. I thought Rachel Harris wrote it very well since I'm sure it's not easy writing a book as it is much less in diff POVs within a book. I hope there's going to be more coming as I feel we need a story about Cip. I haven't had enough of Reyna, her tea leaves reading and magic yet.
4.5 Stars I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Rachel Harris. The first book was really cute and sweet and I loved Cat and Lorenzo, and were briefly introduced to Lucas. The second book, A Tale of Two Centuries was Alessandra and Austin's story and I enjoyed it even more than the first. We got to see a bit of Lucas and Cat in that book also, but we really get to know Lucas in My Not So Super Sweet Life, and I totally fell in love with him. Where as the first two books were more light and fun, this book is more on the serious side, and OMG - the romance factor is turned up into the read/heated zone big time. I loved it!! Cat just wants to have a normal life, but with her parents both being in Hollywood, her dad's upcoming marriage, and a stunt her mom pulls, Cat has some serious issues she has to deal with in this book, and she doesn't always handle things in the best manner. Lucas also has his own problems he is dealing with related to his family and what's expect of him. Lucas is so romantic and totally swoon-worthy, and is also very protective of what's his, namely Cat. He really outdoes himself in the boyfriend department and I would love to just pull him out of the book and keep him for myself. He truly is a modern day Prince Charming. We are also introduced to a new character, Ransom, and well.....I hope we get to see more of him. My Not So Super Sweet Life is a wonderful addition to this adorably sweet, fun, and swoony series that YA romance fans will love. The story is captivating, the characters are beautifully done, and Rachel Harris has once again proved what a talented and creative author she is.
A Very Satisfying Read AND A First-Rate Closure to Cat's Story! My Not So Super Sweet Life was an enjoyable read! I'm a huge fan of Rachel and have inhaled all of her books. Rachel's writing is beautiful and polished as always. This book was an heart-wrenching, heart-breaking and heartfelt entry in this series. I think that this book was much more serious than the previous books in the series have been. It was difficult at times as Cat's vulnerabilities were painfully exposed for all to see but also alternately humorous as Cat, Lucas and their friends bantered, commiserated and celebrated life events. Suffice it to say that Cat had issues that she needed to work through. I don't feel that this book was the best of the series as melodrama seemed to overshadow much of the book, but it was still a very satisfying read and offered a first-rate closure to Cat's story. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lucas. He is Mr. Yummy personified and a superbly perfect partner for Cat. Every gal needs her own Lucas. He's a treasure! It was great seeing Austin & Less again AND we were introduced to Ransom, a new character who I'm really hoping we'll read more of in the future! Perhaps it's now time for Reyna to have her own story told too! I suggest reading the earlier books in this series first if you haven't already. This tale could be read as a stand-alone, but your enjoyment of this story will without-a-question be enhanced if you are acquainted with the characters and the events that have transpired before. Bottomline: This was an exceptional wrap-up to Cat's story. All the old characters make appearances and it's gratifying to see them again. 4 Stars!
The final story of Cat and Lucas. The chapters are told in alternating voices of Cat and Lucas, so it was great to get both views of the story. I think every girl needs a guy like Lucas. I did not want to see their story end. A great series.
READ IT!!! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I had been waiting for its release for awhile, and I jumped at the chance to participate in the blog tour. I read this book every free chance I had, and I couldn’t put it down. This was a good addition to the series. I enjoyed finding out what happened to Cat and Less as well as Lucas and Austin. It was fun to see them be “normal” teens. “Normal” until Cat’s mother drops a bomb on national television. I felt bad for Cat, but I could also understand her feelings of wanting to get information from her mother. Wanting to have a relationship with her even though she knew it probably wasn’t possible. Lucas is a sweetheart. He is a great match for Cat. I was happy she had him in this book. *** SPOILER-ISH ALERT *** My one small disappointment was that there was no time travel in this book. I was kind of hoping for some, especially considering who an unexpected person looked like. I mean, come on. Plus, there was the whole thing at the end *** END OF SPOILER-ISH PART *** Anyway, this was another wonderful read from Ms. Harris. I truly hope there will be another addition to the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series. Please, Rachel. Pretty please!!!!! =D Would I recommend it: Yes. Read this entire series. I know I will be reading it again soon. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
It’s no secret that I absolutely love Rachel Harris’ books! From YA fantasy to Adult contemporary, she sure knows how to tell a story. I loved the first two books in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series, and I was really excited for this one! I couldn't wait to be back in these characters’ world. You see, after I finished A Tale of Two Centuries, I felt discontent. I didn't feel like the story was finished. Well, Alessandra’s story was finished. But I never felt like Cat’s was over. I knew there was so much more to tell, and I wanted to know it all. I loved Alessandra, with her quiet innocence. I loved Austin, with his sexy confidence. And I loved Lucas, with his gentle nature. But it was Cat who first stole my heart in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, with her sass and openness to love and adventure. She was so very easily relatable, a girl who got thrown in a different century but who made the most out of it. But she still doesn't feel whole. In My Not So Super Sweet Life, we follow Cat’s life in the here and now where she learns what it means to truly heal and let people in. Cat has trust issues, and it’s hard for her to open up to people. And it’s all because of one person—Caterina Angeli, Cat’s mother. Let me tell you, this woman is a piece of work! No wonder Cat has a hard time letting people into her life. But even though Caterina hasn't been a good mother, Cat still holds out hope that things could change between them. It is a hope born of a need for answers and an innocent expectation that her mother might actually want a relationship with her. I thought Cat dealt with her mother (and a huge surprise) in the best way possible. I understood her reasoning, why she gave her mother a chance. Cat felt like a piece of her heart was missing, like she wasn't whole. And she thought the key to healing would be through her mother. But it wasn't. It was in the love of her father, Less, Jenna (the mother she never got). And it was through the love of Lucas that Cat finally realizes that she has so many people in her corner, who love her unconditionally and who will never leave her. And oh my, that boy! Lucas is one swoon-worthy guy who will do anything for Cat, because he loves her so much. Lucas is so gentle and sweet, so protective and strong. His love for her was beautiful and romantic. He understands Cat in a way that no one else does, and all he wants is for her to not get hurt again by her mother. But he doesn't stand in her way, because that’s not who he is. He gives her unconditional courage and strength, lending his arms when she needs safety and his shoulder when she needs comfort. But he’s also going through his own torment with family. He doesn't want to be a replacement for anyone, and it takes him a long time to realize that he’s good enough. Oh, and I just cannot leave out how much I love the secondary characters! I've always loved Less and Austin, and I was so glad to see cameos of them in here, with Less’ quiet wisdom and Austin’s trademark joking. I also loved seeing more of Jenna, now that Cat has realized how wonderful of a person she is. It was great that Cat could have a mother/daughter relationship with her, even though she’d never felt like she was missing something with an amazing father. I also enjoyed the addition of Ransom (and I’d like to read his story). Throughout this novel, we see wonderful change. Whether it’s Cat finally opening up and letting people in to understanding that she’s truly loved by many or Lucas having the courage to face his grief and his father, there is much growth throughout the story. But that ending was cryptic as hell, and it makes me wonder. It makes me think that maybe there will be more books in this series. And I wouldn't be opposed to that at all. ;) I love Rachel Harris’ writing style and how she is always able to draw me into the story immediately. The dialogue is fantastic, the settings so detailed, and the characters are always so well-written. And I was glad it was told in dual POVs, because I loved having Lucas’ voice too. My Not So Super Sweet Life was a beautiful ending to Cat’s story that started in Renaissance Italy. I loved her journey, and I will miss these characters dearly.
My New Favorite Rachel Harris Book!! Okay, confession time: Even though contemporary stories are my absolute favorite, and I know Rachel totally rocks the contemporary love stories, I was so in love with the fantasy and time travel elements of the first two books in the series that I was afraid I might feel like something was missing in this third book. A Super Sweet book without Reyna? Say it isn't so!! Yeah, I totally didn't need to worry. Cat and Lucas may not be traveling through time, but there's plenty of magic here! I didn't miss Reyna at all ... because (spoiler alert) she's totally a part of this story in the best way. I loved the dual POV in this book. I'll admit, I wasn't sure about Lucas when he was introduced at the end of the first book. But he kind of grew on me as I got to know him in the second installment of the series. And now, after reading his POV, I'm totally swooning! MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE is now officially my favorite Rachel Harris book. It was the perfect end to the series. (Though I wouldn't mind another sequel, with the story of my new favorite character ... a guy who who totally took me by surprise and stole my heart with the very first time he smiled!)
I received this book from entangled teen in exchange for an honest review. So here I am. I really like the previous two books, the time travel, the mix of renaissance and contemporary. So this last book was a bit of a disappointment because of its lack of this elements... and because it's a bit dull. Lucas is very sweet, Cat is strong willed and insecure... but really, now is the story of a normal (if not richest) couple of teenagers. Meh. Vote: 3 stars.
Note: The publisher provided me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My Not So Super Sweet Life is the third book in the Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series. It was a bit of a departure from the first two books, as it did not include the time-travel element. Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t factored in somehow, but I understand why it wasn’t. Cat, the heroine from the first book, applies what she learned in her time-traveling adventure in Italy to her real life in California. She falls in love, meets a brother she never knew she had, and is able to reconnect with the mother who abandoned her. It was a fun, flirty read. The final pages seemed to hint at a possible fourth book, which would be a blast to read.
Off the bat I loved Rachel Harris’s Super Sweet Series, they are books that are cute and fun to read. Even though they have conflict they still have that pick me up quality. My No So Super Sweet Life is revisiting Cat’s story and how she deals with life without the time travel aspect. Her and Lucas are officially together (after she got past the whole doppelganger thing) and navigating your normal teen relationship. Well normal except when you add a famous mother and a father who has lost himself to the mix. We get two perspectives in MNSSSL, both Cat and Lucas. I liked that we get to be in Lucas’s head for this one. I was sad that Alessandra and Austin although present have smaller roles. I kind of missed them I admit. I also missed Reyna but she’s gone but not well gone don’t worry you get her taste of her in this book. Cat has some issues still that were not fully resolved in the first book. Although she grew and learn to become more open. Which meant including Jenna in her life and letting Alessandra and Lucas past her walls. She’s definitely got some unfinished issues with her mom. When Cat’s mom shows up again she has to take a big risk in order to get the chance to have her mom back or finally put the nail in that coffin. One thing I really liked about the mom issues is how everyone else couldn’t really understand. Jenna, Alessandra and even Lucas wanted her to stay away from the crazy. Expected Cat to deal with the situation by sending her mom off and saying don’t come back. I felt that was more realistic and the fact that Cat had to deal with people might not understand why she wanted to reconnect with her mom. It’s easy to say that as an outside source but not so easy as the person dealing with it. Something that bothered me about Cat was that she was so wrapped up in our own issues she was kind of missing out on things with Lucas. He finally confronts his dad about soccer, his brothers death and has to deal with the possibility of moving that always seems to be looming over their heads. Of course there were times that I was frustrated with Lucas for not understanding why Cat wants that mom connection even though it might not pan out. All part of the relationship learning curve. The book has a good dynamic amongst it’s characters and a fun little surprise that I won’t spoil for you. Even though Reyna is not present that doesn’t mean the stars are not still at work. I love this series and My Not So Super Sweet Life is a great addition. I walked away with a smile on my face per usual.
I want more! I was so excited to read this book that I requested it from both the publisher and from Netgalley, and I somehow ended up with two copies of this book. What can I say? I love Rachel Harris’s books that much that I badly wanted this book. This one’s extra special because it’s the last of the series, and I’ve been waiting for it ever since the release of A Tale of Two Centuries last year. I’ve loved Cat Crawford ever since the first book of the series, and I was excited to get back to her story. But I must admit that I didn’t like Cat very much in this book. I felt like she was worse off than when she first started. At the face of her mother – someone who has been absent most of her life – she just folded. I felt like she wasn’t the Cat that I met in the first two books. Maybe I just don’t know what it’s like to have a parent who left me at 5 years old, but I just really didn’t get how she easily forgot who she was. It took something drastic for her to realize her mistakes. I still love her. I just wish that she showed more of her strong and feisty side. Fortunately, this book was also told in Lucas’s perspective, and him I loved for the most part of the book. He also has his own fair share of problems, but he remained present and strong for Cat. Lucas was just so nice and sweet. He definitely knows how to make the girls swoon. I especially love the date he planned for Cat. I also love that he’s very passionate about his art. A lot of familiar characters will show up as well, and some new ones would also be introduced. Although I wish to have seen more of Alessandra and Austin. ************************************************** OVERALL, My Not So Super Sweet Life was wonderful, but I also honestly wish for more. It was the shortest of the books in the series, and I didn’t get enough of a hit to feed my addiction to Rachel Harris’ writing. She was still her funny and entertaining self, but there’s a little more drama in this one though as compared to the first two books. Things will fall apart before they can be whole again, but I’m glad of how things turned out in the end. I definitely want a paperback to complete my series collection.
I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. That being said, this is the first book I’ve ever read by Rachel Harris. I didn’t know it was the third in a series but fortunately, it can be read as a stand-alone novel because she puts the basic gist of what happened in the first two books in this one. Cat was an amazing heroine. She’s sweet and funny and even though she’s rich and a daddy’s girl, she never comes across as a spoiled brat like so many other heroines do. I loved the way that the author gave Cat a lot of backstory and you’re given a real reason to root for Cat in the book, other than the fact that she’s the heroine. Lucas is a great hero. When an author has a heroine that comes off the page like Cat does, sometimes it’s hard to like the hero as much but that’s not a problem with Lucas. I loved how he was determined to fight for her, even when the going gets tough. That can be pretty rare with guys sometimes. Alessandra and Austin were fantastic secondary characters. In fact, I loved them both so much that I bought the book that tells their story (A Tale of Two Centuries). I just need to know more about Austin. He was utterly adorable. Also, Ransom. I loved him. I think it was mentioned that this is the last book in the series, but I really wish we could get to see more of Ransom’s story. Who doesn’t love the strong, silent type? The pacing of the book is really nice. The dual point of views flows so easily and I never had trouble knowing whose point of view I was in. Lucas and Cat both had such strong voices and I really felt like they both grew a lot in the book. Rachel Harris has some great lines in the book that make you really feel for the characters or relate to them, evidenced by quotes like “Lucas whispers my name like it’s precious. Like I’m worth something. And I so badly want to believe it.” –Cat. Even when serious stuff happens in the book, the overall tone of it is light and the characters don’t do a lot of moping around. The book is short (about 200 pages) so it’s perfect for one of those really light and funny reads.
First things first, I haven't read the other books in this series. A crime against humanity, I know. Whenever I signed up to review this, I didn't realize it was part of a series. For shame. But after reading this one, I am determined to read the first two books! Cat was such a good character. Even though I haven't seen her full character arc, just from this book alone she's a character I can appreciate. I identified with Cat's struggle with her mother, and it made me feel this immediate sisterhood with her. And can we say swoon-worthy when it comes to Lucas? Their love story is so cute that I'm sure I have cavities. I love the way that Rachel Harris writes her characters. Even though I went into this book blind about the beginning of the series, I had no trouble getting hooked immediately. Quickly, I was able to get the gist of this world and fall in love with it. Rachel Harris leaves nothing out with her skillful style of writing. I was in awe. I will definitely be looking for more of her work to add to my TBR shelf after this book! If you've read the other books in this series, it's obvious that you need to pick this one up! If you haven't, grab the first book! I know I'm going to. I can't tell you how enthralled I am with Rachel Harris' writing, and I cannot wait to read more of her books! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Rachel Harris and Entangled Teen.
"My Not So Super Sweet Life" takes off roughly around where the reader left off in "A Tale of Two Centuries." Cat and Lucas just started dating, and it is nice to see Cat with someone that knows the truth about her life. Less and Austin are still going strong as a couple and are the other half of the gang. When Cat's world comes crumbling down because her celebrity mother decides to come out of the woodwork and dump some havoc on Cat's life. Not only messing life up for Cat but also for her dad and Jenna. Catarina has many things in store for her daughter but none of it is the whole truth of why she is really wanting to be back in Cat's life. All Cat wants is to get to know her mom and find out why she left her so many years ago. Cat has definitely grown up since readers first met her in "My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century." She has opened up to not only her cousin Less but also to both Austin and her boyfriend Lucas. Cat is letting her walls and guards down in order for those she loves to become close to her. This is a big deal for Cat and I am very excited to finally see this happen. When she has been shutting people out her entire life, opening up is a big deal. I personally feel like I really got to know Cat in this series. She has grown as a character and has become one of my favorite all time characters. I'm really hoping that maybe we will see more from Harris in the future about Cat. Lucas is mine! I am not sharing. I've loved him since the beginning and I still love him now. Many girls swooned over Austin but I definitely chose Lucas all the way. Lucas is the perfect boyfriend. He let's Cat have her space when she needs it even though that is the last thing on the planet that he wants to do. Lucas is always showing up to save the day. He is truly a fantastic boyfriend. Lucas hasn't had the easiest life. He is living in the shadow of his big brother, who passed away and he is also trying to figure out what he wants in life. Is he wanting to just please his parents or does he want to try to find his own path? Austin and Less are fantastic. They are the bestest friends a girl could have. This duo makes an amazing support team for both Cat and Lucas. I am still rooting for their wedding one day. Ransom is new to the story. I have to say I loved him right away. It was truly heartfelt how he protected Cat and wanted to help take care of her, make sure she was going to be alright. Ransom started out with a little but of a bad boy persona but as I got to know him, he became an even better human being. I would love to see more Ransom in the future. *hint hint* I've loved Harris' characters all the way. I think they are fabulous. Definitely flirtilicious! They've all been developed quite nicely. Rachel Harris definitely has a knack for writing characters and great ones at that. I think the plot was extremely good. Maybe a little too much melodrama in the beginning but I think it turned out quite nicely. I would definitely buy a paperback copy if I could. *more hinting* I definitely have to say that this is one if the best series I have ever read and I recommend it to everyone. I know "My Not So Super Sweet Life" is the conclusion to this trilogy, but I really want more. I want more Ransom and more Reyna. I feel like they both deserve their own stories. In case my wishes never come true....I do think this was a good conclusion to a great series.
What a phenomenal book! Cat and Lucas were amazing together! I felt so connected to Cat as I followed her ups and downs on her journey of reconnecting with her mom. Her complicated feelings going into the renewed relationship with her mom made sense to me. It's probably how I would have felt if I had been in her shoes. I've been in that situation with someone close to be before, so I totally get it. It's like when you've been hurt so badly in the past, but you still love the person and hope that maybe one day things will be made right. But part of you worries that it never really will be. It involves a lot of fear, caution, hope, and pain. But you keep holding onto that one little piece of hope because if things work out the way you want it would all be worth it. That being said, I like the way Rachel ended things between Cat and her mom. It seemed realistic to me. Lucas is such a solid guy. Loving, passionate, caring, loyal, tender, and unselfish. I loved getting to know him on a deeper level and discovering what haunts him from his past. Watching his journey to self-discovery was AWESOME. Rachel did such an amazing job with the character arcs, as she does in all her books. Both Cat and Lucas were able to face their inner demons and overcome their challenges. The final scene was touching and had my heart doing a happy dance!
What to say.... I guess I will start this off by saying Rachel does it again! She caught me hook line and sinker from the first sentence, I didn't want to put the book down and I wouldn't have if it wasn't for my busy schedule. The Characters Rachel has done an amazing job building characters throughout this series we all know in love Cat our female lead who started of the series in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century when she traveled back in time to sixteenth century Florence. Now in My Not So Super Sweet Life Cat explores the chance of rekindling her relationship with her birth mother hoping to find closure to make her feel whole again. We get to see a new side of Cat we see her finally start to open up and you get emotionally attached to her through many twists and turns on her path of healing and closure. Cat is looking for a fresh start, she pretends to be strong by pushing people away and putting up walls to prevent heartbreak but she uncovers if her tactics really protecting her heart or causing more pain. Caterina we finally meet the birth mother/monster who is extremely self centered and oblivious to everyone and everything not about her. She left Cat when she was around 5/6 years old and has had zero contact with Cat for the last 10 years everything Cat knows about her mom has came from what her dad has told her or the next headline on TMZ. Out of nowhere Caterina decides she wants to reconnect with Cat is her mom's intentions pure and she really does want to make up for lost time or is their some anterior motives? Less and Austain are both back in MNSSSL but not as much they make several appearances throughout the story as background characters with Less and her wise advice and Austin's sarcasm and hilarious anecdotes they make the perfect friends in Cat's life. Ransom is a new character on the scene with his bad boy rocker image. Sadly I can't tell you too much about him without giving spoilers so if you want together know Ransom you must read the book. What I will tell you though is I really like this character and hope we get to uncover some of his secrets in the future. Lucas, Lucas, Lucas the one we all grow to love if you don't already. His sweet sensitive and protective self steals Cats heart along with the hearts of every reader, hahaha okay come on let's get serious although this may be true, he is defiantly thrown onto an emotional roller coaster. Not only does he have the pressure from his dad conflicting with what he really wants but he also is dating Cat who doesn't open up very easily at all. Lucas is very protective of Cat and doesn't want Cat to contact her mom because he doesn't trust her one bit and also can't bare the thought of Cat getting hurt. What I thought The story is perfect it flowed perfectly with the rest of the series and allowed the writer to end Cat's story without disappointing her readers. I loved the new addition of the mysterious Ransom. I wasn't sure I was going to like Lucas because I am team Austin all the way I mean how could you not be? he's charming, sarcastic, hilarious, and can surf what's not to love? but boy was I wrong Lucas is the the perfect piece to Cats puzzle they are just made for each other he cares about her the way every girl should be cared about. Unfortunately I do have a pet peeve and I hate to criticize at all because I adore Rachel Harris but I had to be honest and that pet peeve is language I don't like it at all in books it seems irrelevant to me. although there was not a lot there was quite a bit, a little disappointing that MNSSL had more than any of her other YA books over all I didn't let it affect my rating because it may not be as big of a deal to others. Other than that it was fantastic, and a wonderful read that I recommend. Absolutely a 5 star worthy book!!!! As I said before Rachel you did it again!!!! <
My Not So Super Sweet Life (MYNSSSL) is the final book of the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and I am so sad to see this end. MYNSSSL is a perfect ending for this series! This review will be short because I don’t want to mention any spoilers! But I loved that MNSSSL was written in two point-of-views – Cat and Lucas. This was a great way to learn more about Lucas, who is a sweet and romantic guy! Lucas is also struggling with his relationship with his parents, so it is made clear the connection he has with Cat. It is truly fate that brings them together and they heal each other. MYNSSSL also focuses on Cat’s insecurities because of her mom, which at times I did sympathize but also felt like throttling her. Rather than focusing on all the negative emotions as a result of her mom, Cat really needs to look around and see all the good she has. I loved seeing Alessandra (Less) and Austin make small appearances in the story, but I wish there was more of them. Less and Austin are comedic and I miss them! I also loved getting to know Jenna. Maybe it’s because I am a mother of a teenager, but just seeing the bond Jenna and Cat have made was priceless. Overall I really enjoyed this book. This gives us closure for Cat’s story but also left it wide open for a future spin-off (which I hope the author will do soon!!). The author’s writing was perfect and I love the humor she adds to her story. This series is a fun and emotional ride, and I highly suggest this to everyone!!
I love Rachel Harris's books! She's insanely talented at sweeping you away into her stories and making you feel lost in the characters' lives and what's happening to them. I didn't want to put My Not So Super Sweet Life down at all. Short and sweet, this book had me giggling and smiling the entire time I read it. This is the third book in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series, but there's enough explanation about the storyline that it can be read by itself - although I definitely recommend reading the first two books first to really learn the characters' backstories. It was so much fun to be back in Cat's head again. As much as I loved Alessandra in the second book, I really missed Cat's point of view from the first book, so I was thrilled that this book was about her. She's a strong, funny character, but in this book she has to deal with her trust issues and insecurities if she wants to move forward in her relationships with people like her parents and her boyfriend Lucas. I loved her character development and the way she eventually learns to open up and start trusting people. We also get Lucas's point of view in this book. I didn't really know what to expect of this, as he's a pretty minor character in the first two books, but I LOVED him in this one. He has to deal with his own problems concerning his family, but he always puts Cat first and makes sure that he's there for her no matter what. He's so protective of her, and he sees her for who she really is and believes in her when no one else does. I know it sounds like their relationship is cliched, but Harris totally pulls it off and makes the romance swoony and believable. This book is under 200 pages, but despite the short length it still felt a complete, fleshed-out story. Perhaps it wasn't quite as exciting as the events of the first two books, but I appreciate that it was more character-driven. I thoroughly enjoyed My Not So Super Sweet Life, and I can't wait to delve into more of Rachel Harris's work. If you're looking for a light, adorable read, pick up a book in this fun series! *I received a free copy from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
My heart is a gooey, sappy, melted mess after reading this sweet book! It was so swoonalicious!! And yes, I understand what the red squiggly line that is under that word is telling me, I know it's not a real word. However, it's the only one that fits. Cat's character is one I feel like many of us can relate to. No, not the fact that her dad is a hot shot Hollywood director, or that her mom is a crazy famous movie star. Obviously, very few can relate to that, but she has insecurities that I'm sure we have all faced at some point or another. Rachel Harris did an excellent job of making Cat seem real, so real that I totally forgot my name was, in fact, Megan. I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment. Le sigh, and Lucas, oh Lucas... *fans self* The knight upon a motorcycle. He was so deliciously, adorably sweet. Rachel Harris did a fantastic job of swapping between Lucas and Cat's POV seamlessly and really gave each character their own voice. (And man, did Lucas have a nice voice, yum) In the first two books there is some time traveling woven into it, and even though this one doesn't, Rachel still managed to elegantly weave a bit of magic in. This is truly a modern day fairy tale that everyone must read! You don't have to read them in order, though, personally I recommend that you do. Assuming of course that you haven't already, and well, if you haven't, wait are you waiting for??? Seriously, stop reading this review already and go read them! If you have already read the first two books, then let me just say, this book was the best one yet and you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
4 stars - This book brings the fun First Impressions... I love Rachel Harris books. I've wanted to get to this series for a long time but just haven't been able to. When she told me that this book could be read as a stand alone, I was super excited. So I made it happen - the reading of it that is. The Characters... I love Lucas. He's struggling from a lose in his family. His father expects certain things from him as a result and he really has a hard time saying no. It felt like he knew who he was but he needed to figure out how to help his did see that person and accept him. He's such a support to Cat and it's clear he loves her. They were sweet together. It was nice that Lucas and Cat were already together. This story is about how they develop the feeling they have for each other into the bonds that strengthen them enough to face the difficult reality of their lives. They are good for each other. They support each other. It's sweet really. It took me longer with Cat. Admittedly, I didn't know about her journey before this book, but I didn't like her right away. She hides herself away and I think I needed to figure her out. Took me a bit. But the author does a good job of highlighting the important growth from the previous books and I soon decided she was great. The Story... This book does stand alone. Although I didn't read about her journey into the past, I got enough of the details to understand the effect it had on Cat. The look alike characters are explained and those from the past that are present are clear. I was impressed that Rachel was able to weave all that information in there and still make it a fun enjoyable read. Speaking of the fun, that's the best part of this book. It's fun. The YA feel is strong and I was giggling a lot. I really enjoyed the flipping back and forth between Lucas and Cat's POV as well. Loved reading from Lucas' POV best, of course. Could I Put It Down... I read it over two evenings. It's not that I wanted to put it down but I had to. I could have easily read it straight through if I'd had the time. It's the kind of book that you just want to keep reading. In The End... Fun, sweet, swoon filled, and a great growing up kinda story, this book rocks. If you love reading YA, then make sure you add this to your TBR pile soon.
My Not So Super Sweet Life is very different from the first two books in the series, but just as wonderful to read! The first book, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, featured Cat as the narrator and center of the story. The second, A Tale of Two Centuries, was told by Alessandra as she went on her own journey. This third novel tells the story of Lucas and Cat through their alternating viewpoints. There is also no time travelling in this one, although there just may be some Reyna gypsy magic going on! This is one is more about finding one's way through the kinds of struggles that we have all been through at one time or another in our lives. This book was a bit deeper and more intense than the previous two. Cat is still struggling with trust issues and she is learning to finally come out of her self-imposed shell. Learning to trust and to open up to others after years of neglect by her mothers is difficult for her. She's never really understood why her mother abandoned her and she feels that she needs that closure. There were times during this arc that I just wanted to reach into my Kindle and slap some reality into her mother. We also learn a lot more about Lucas. He has his own story, his own struggles, separate and distinct from Cat. There is a lot of heart ache, sadness, and frustration in his world. His struggles, too, are those that I think a lot of us can understand. There are new characters in this book... Cat's mother and Ransom. I won't say much about him, for fear of spoilers, but I will say that I hope that there might me more about him in the future. There is a story there that was just hinted at and I want to know more! There is some swoon-worthy romance in this book, lots and lots of it. Cat and Lucas. Alessandra and Austin. There is a bit of heat and a whole lot of sweetness in their romances, as well as the requisite moments of angst... perfect YA love. But one of the things that I love most about these books is that the girl is not centered on her boyfriend. There is all of the swoony love stuff that you could want, but the girls are their own people with their own thoughts and ideas and opinions. Thank you, Rachel, for giving us that! Some Quotastic Goodness --"This place has harbored many a scandalized politician, so you two miscreants should feel right at home (Loc. 307)." --"Hey, Alessandra called me a dashing hero, which I am pretty sure is Shakespearean for awesome (Loc. 331)." --The air around us is electric. Humming, vibrating, and heated, weighted with lust, desire, even love (Locc. 376). My Recommendation: If I had to pick one of the three books in this series as my favorite... well, I couldn't do it! I have loved every one of these books. While this could be read as a standalone novel, I would recommend reading My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries.