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Take a chance and change your life...
College is where Hannah Gregory plans to follow in her dad's footsteps as a chemistry prodigy-except she bombs her first test. And now her future isn't so certain. Worse, she's not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place-a used bookstore and the sexy Ben Fisher, the passionate college senior who works there.
Ben is trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn't even like because she fits into a world he doesn't want but can't escape. But then he meets the beautiful and quirky Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.
So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. But freedom comes with a cost, and it isn't long before their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart...
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This Book Will Change Your Life
By Amanda Weaver, Stephen Morgan, Ava Jae
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Eighteen: the number for Argon on the periodic table, the third most common gas on Earth.
Eighteen: the number of freshmen who were admitted into the Honors Chemistry Program this year.
Eighteen: the score I got on my first test in Honors Chemistry I.
That's eighteen out of thirty-four, so it's more than half right, but it's only fifty-three percent, so yeah, it's pretty bad. I've been staring at it for the past hour and a half, trying to figure out what I did wrong.
I mean, the red pen scribbled all over my paper shows what I did wrong, but why did I freeze up during the test? Why did I make such stupid errors? I know this stuff — Or at least, I thought I did, so why did I bomb my very first college test in my best subject?
I've been closed up in the library all morning, staring at my disastrous test while the rest of the campus enjoys their Saturday in beautiful Arlington. The letters and numbers are starting to blur together on the page. I can't take it anymore. I need to get out of here, take a breath, maybe take a walk downtown.
Ten minutes outside and the first raindrop hits me square on the nose — I'm in trouble. As in, I have a twenty-minute walk to my dorm, and my umbrella is still somewhere in the vacuum under my bed. I don't even have time to hope the clouds will hold back long enough for me to run back, because not half a step later the sky opens up.
It's a biblical downpour; big fat drops fall so close together it's like standing in a shower. Rain hits the ground so hard it bounces back up, soaking my shoes in dirty backsplash. I plaster myself against the brick building, but the tiny carved wooden eaves two stories up don't do a thing to shield me. This isn't working. I have to get inside.
I duck into the nearest shop, through an old-fashioned glass-paned door painted with the name "Prometheus Books" and stop, sputtering and dripping rain onto the dull wood plank floor. I'm in a small, quiet bookstore that smells like ink and paper. This place seems familiar. I think I've walked past here before, but I've never stepped inside.
A big square counter on a low platform sits near the front of the room. There might be a cash register on it, but it's hard to tell because it's stacked with books. More books are stacked on the floor all around it, leaning precariously, about ready to topple over. Up front, the shelves are only waist-high, so the windows facing the street are visible. The rain is still coming down so hard I can't see the other side of the road.
Air conditioning breathes over me, chilling my wet skin. I shiver and cross my arms over my shirt, which is plastered to my chest like a second skin.
"That's some downpour." A woman steps out from behind a bookshelf a few feet away and smiles at me before turning back to the shelf. She's probably in her sixties, but she's dressed like a hippie with a brightly colored patchwork blouse to her knees, loose pants, and a long, silver braid.
She cranes her head back as she reads the titles on the shelf from underneath red, funky glasses connected to a beaded chain around her neck.
"Yeah, I wasn't expecting that."
"They didn't say rain in the forecast this morning," she says. Big silver and turquoise bracelets slide up her wrist as she slips a book into place onto the shelf. She turns, this time ducking her chin to look at me over the glasses. Does she ever look at anything through the lenses?
"Might as well have a look around while you wait it out." She smiles. I return the smile awkwardly and wipe my damp hands on my jeans.
As much as I'd prefer to go back to my dorm room and brood over my bad grade, she's right. The rain's only getting worse. Like it or not, I'm stuck here for the foreseeable future.
The store is small and made smaller by the bookshelves reaching to the ceiling. They line the room, rows of them running the length of the store, front-to-back. They're all full — overflowing, really — with books.
With a sigh, I turn back to explore the store. Where to even start? A handwritten index card is taped to the end of each shelf, identifying what's on it — philosophy, science, western history (Europe 900 to 1900), western history (modern Europe) ... I work my way around the room, past literature, popular fiction, romance, science fiction, mystery, biographies, and politics. On the right side of the store, there's a wooden staircase leading to a half-floor above, like a loft.
"Hobbies and popular culture upstairs. Children's books, too," the woman calls from the depths of the shelves. How did she even know I was over here? Creepy.
Stacks of books on each step lean against the wall all the way up. I pause halfway up the stairs on the landing, crouch, and run my fingers over the dusty spines.
"Those aren't shelved yet," says a deep male voice behind me. "But if you're looking for something specific, I can help you find it."
I spin around to a guy sitting on a stool behind a square counter several feet away. I hadn't even noticed him until he spoke because he's half buried behind stacks of books. The blue glow of a computer screen in front of him glints off his glasses, making it hard to see his eyes.
I take a shaky breath and try to look normal. Books. I'm in a bookstore. Forget the stupid quiz.
I hadn't planned on buying anything, but maybe I should. He and the lady have both been really friendly. Loitering in their store to avoid the rain and then leaving without buying something would be rude, right? Except I have no idea what to get.
I shrug, my gaze running around the room, all the shelves, all the books. "Just looking for a book, I guess." Looking for a book. In a bookstore. Where they sell books. Genius.
He chuckles and looks at me for the first time. He has a nice smile. "Well, you're in the right place. What kind of book?"
I shrug again. "Um ... I'm not sure?"
His dark, heavy eyebrows arch up behind his glasses. "Well, what do you like to read?"
My face goes warm again. "I'm not ... much of a reader, I guess."
A pause. "Not much of a reader?" He frowns, like the very idea is incomprehensible. I've probably just offended him or something. Come to think of it, saying, "I'm not much of a reader" in a bookstore is kind of like swearing in church.
"I'm a chemistry major," I offer by way of explanation.
He pushes back from the computer. He's younger than I thought at first, probably also a student. Thin, with a mess of thick, dark brown hair that looks like it's trying to fight its way off his head. He's wearing a faded navy hoodie over a gray T-shirt. The glasses are black framed, a little angular, and emphasize his high cheekbones and his furrowed eyebrows.
He's cute, in a bookish kind of way, which is perfect, considering he's literally surrounded by them. He looks as much a part of this store as the books.
"Sooo ..." he says slowly. "Let's start at the beginning. Fiction or nonfiction?"
"Either. Fiction, I guess." I can't remember the last time I read something that wasn't for school.
"Fiction." He pinches his bottom lip between his thumb and forefinger. He's got long fingers and nice hands. His wrists where his hoodie sleeves have pulled back are weirdly elegant, and his lips are a little full for his face. He pushes his glasses up the bridge of his nose. "And you really don't read? For fun?" His eyes are brown — dark brown — with really thick, dark lashes. I'm officially ogling him now.
Oh. He's expecting an answer. I wish I could say I was a voracious reader just so I could talk to him about books. I don't know why I don't read. I guess with science stuff taking up all my time — clubs, internships, homework — I never made it a priority. I shake my head in response.
"Wow, this is a challenge." He slides out from behind the counter. "Follow me."
He heads toward the back of the store, down an aisle between shelves, where I passed all the novels earlier. Maybe they have a book about a girl who implodes her first semester in college. So much promise. So much potential. Then ... nothing.
I cringe. Happy thoughts. Focus on happy thoughts.
Like Bookish Boy. He's taller than I would have guessed — maybe six feet — but it's a lanky, unimposing height. His hoodie clings to his shoulders and upper arms. The points of his collarbone where they join his shoulders and the angles of his shoulder blades across his back poke through the fabric. But he doesn't look bony, only spare. Lean.
He stops at the back wall, his eyes scanning rows of books. He runs his long fingers through that unruly mop of dark hair and clenches and unclenches his fingers. My stomach clenches and unclenches with him. I can't stop staring at him. He's just so ... so ...
"So a book. And you don't read," he murmurs. He pulls one from the shelf, then shakes his head and puts it back. He does the same with another, muttering the whole time. "Dickens? No, absolutely not. You'd never read again. Let's see ... probably something modern ..."
He's so absolutely focused on the books. It's like the only thing in his world right now. I should say something, engage him in conversation so I'm not just a hopeless girl who doesn't read. "What's your favorite book? Maybe I'll start there?"
He throws his head back and laughs. I smile — He has a great laugh. "Oh God, my favorite? That's like ... That's impossible. There's no way to have just one favorite book."
"Why not? Which one did you like the best?"
He looks at me, and my stomach plunges like I've fallen off a Ferris wheel, and I'm on the long, blind, breathless drop toward the ground. He's so cute. So cute.
"I love different books for different things. One book might make me think about something in a way I never have before. Another might make me feel something new. So which is better, thinking or feeling?"
He's waiting for me to answer, but I can't because I've never thought about it before, and his smile is kind of distracting, so I just shake my head.
"Exactly. There's no one answer. No absolute. In a way, I love every book I've ever read because I took something from every one. Except The Red Badge of Courage. I really hated that one. Utterly irredeemable. But this isn't about me. This is about you and the book you haven't read yet ..." He arches an eyebrow expectantly.
"Hannah. This is about the books Hannah hasn't read yet."
"That would be pretty much all of them, except the ones I had to read for English class."
He shakes his head. "Tragic. Okay, so what to read first? God, a person could go crazy trying to choose." He ambles down the shelves, pulls books out, debates their merits and puts them back.
Finally, he hands me a book. "I'm not sure yet, but hang on to that one. It's a possibility." Then he hands me another. "This one, too. Wait. No, never mind." He takes it back, re-shelves it, and moves on. Every few minutes a book makes the "maybe" cut and adds to my growing pile.
I glance at the titles. What's in each one that he's considering? They all mean so much to him. These books suddenly seem like windows to alternate universes, places he's been to and remembers. Places I want to go.
Ten minutes and a ten-book stack later, he stops and examines the pile. Some he discards. "Thomas Pynchon for a neophyte. What was I thinking?" he mutters, setting the book aside.
After a couple more minutes of sorting, he smiles triumphantly and picks up a book. "Okay. Maybe this one." He looks at the book, then at me, and his smile gets even bigger. "Definitely this one. This book will change your life." I arch an eyebrow. "A book will change my life?"
"Any book can change your life if it's the right book and if you let it. Every book can change your life."
I turn it over in my hands. The Book Thief.
"I thought about Austen, but it's been done to death, and you'll find that on your own eventually. There's always To Kill A Mockingbird, but that's probably the one book you have read, in like ninth grade or something. At least, you'd better have or your English teacher should be fired." He rubs his eyebrow with his thumb and pushes his glasses back up his nose. It's adorable. "So yeah, The Book Thief. Serious, literary, but still very approachable. History you're already familiar with, a young heroine, solid supporting characters, and there's some good thematic stuff that kind of applies to your situation. So ... We'll see."
"Wow. That's a lot in one book."
He shoots me a quelling look. I get the feeling that picking this book out for me is the most exciting thing he's done today. His enthusiasm is contagious and — kind of miraculously — I'm desperate to start reading. I want to see all those things he's seen in it.
"You have to come back when you finish," he says over his shoulder as he leads me back toward the register. "I want to hear what you think about it. I'll even give you a discount, but you have to promise to come back and tell me about the book."
"I'll come back as soon as I finish." I have to summon my courage for the next thing I say, because flirting with guys is definitely not my thing, especially cute guys I just met. My heart thrums, but thankfully, my voice comes out normal. "When do you work? So I know you'll be here?"
"Oh, I'm here all the time. All weekend and most afternoons. And I'm Ben, by the way."
Ben. That's a great name. Ben. He told me his name. And he asked me my name. It feels like I've got champagne bubbles in my veins, making me float a few inches above the ground.
"Okay, Ben." I finish paying for the book. "I guess I'll see you around."
His smile is lopsided; the left corner hikes up, and his eyes go a little crinkly. That smile tingles all the way to my toes. "See you around, Hannah."
My stomach flips right over when he says my name.
The downpour has stopped as abruptly as it started, leaving the outside world dripping and soggy, and me with no reason to linger any longer in Prometheus Books. It's time to go. But I'm coming back. He asked me to come back, and there's no way I won't.
"See you," I say with a little awkward wave, clutching my book to my chest. The bell over the door rings behind me, and I turn just as another customer comes in, one he knows because he greets her by name.
"Hey, Alex," Ben says behind me. "Looks like you just missed the rain."
I don't hear what the girl says as the door closes behind me. I glance back through the glass and catch one more glimpse of Ben, smiling adorably and talking to the new customer, before I turn and hurry back toward campus. I can't wait to start reading.CHAPTER 2
Wow. Okay, so Hannah's cute. Gorgeous might be the right word. Normally, I'd roll my eyes at someone who says they've never read a book they weren't assigned in school, but she was so eager that it was kind of ... charming.
I'm still watching her leave, still off-kilter from the whole encounter when the bell over the front door rings and in comes another customer. Except it's not just any customer. It's Alex.
Alex and I have been dancing around each other for nearly a year now, ever since she started working at the coffee place across the street. I keep thinking it's inevitable that we'll end up together, but months have gone by and we're still not.
"Hey, Ben!" she says as she crosses to the register.
I straighten and smile. Alex always looks pretty without even trying. Her long, dark brown hair is up in a ponytail, she's barely wearing any makeup, and she looks great. She sets a coffee cup in front of me.
"A bribe," she says. "I need you to dig The Pelican Brief out of this mess for me. I know you've got a copy somewhere."
I wince internally. Grisham? Really? Okay, so maybe we don't like the same books, but I'm not going to give her grief about her love of lurid legal dramas. Everybody's got a guilty pleasure.
"You didn't have to do that. It's my job to find books for people."
"Yeah, yeah, but us customer service drones have to take care of each other, right? God knows nobody else will." Alex is a senior, like me, but unlike me, she hates her job at Coffee Oasis. "Rough day at the Oasis?"
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4 out of 5 stars! Since Hannah was four years old, she has been doing science experiments with her father. It was their thing. They were so into it together that she got into the honors program in chemistry her freshman year of college. However, she realizes as she flunks her first college chemistry test that what she always believed to be her future isn’t what she wants any more. It is all made even clearer when she meets Ben, finds Prometheus Books, and discovers a love of reading that she never realized before. One book and guy really did “change her life.” This compelling read is PERFECT for any romance book lover! Set in a New Adult genre, while Ben brings to life a love of reading in Hannah he takes the reader into his passion for reading too, it is foolish to resist his excitement for reading and it encouraged me to be excited for this novel. I liked how Ben & Hannah’s relationship unfolds while showing the struggle they both have trying to please their families and the difficulties that ensue through it all. An impassioning read can leave you reeling from one moment to the next. Nevertheless, I was enthralled and so happy with how it turns out. I recommend this novel to those looking for a unique NA contemporary romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews -- read more of this review and THREE TEASERS on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
Hannah has always believed she would have a career in chemistry, but she failed her first chemistry test in college. She goes to a used book story and meets Ben. I couldn't really get into this book. I read about a third of it but it didn't keep my interest. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Love Letter to Reading & Fab Romance To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1VqgUqN I can't tell you how wonderful I thought this New Adult book was. Not only was it a Romance novel but it was a Love Letter to Books and Literature in general. Amanda Weaver did such an amazing job of capturing the joy of finding a book that grabs you by the throat and gives you all of the "feels". The characters of Hannah and Ben are so carefully drawn that I could see them clearly in my mind's eye. And as one of the secondary characters in "This Book Will Change Your Life" says about the hero, "glasses are my kryptonite". This novel is on the younger side of the New Adult spectrum but the love of Literature that Ben introduces and then he and Hannah share with each other, draw you in and you can't help but totally crush on their enthusiasm and literary-centric Romance. The conflicts emerge when Hannah is afraid to tell her father about her failures in Chemistry and Ben's father rejecting his desire to pursue a career in Academics. Ben starts keeping secrets from Hannah which come to a head when Ben is put into an impossible situation that may end up separating them anyway. "This Book Will Change Your Life" is a sweet New Adult novel and Ben is a character you want to quote regarding the power of books. Hannah is smart and yes she does repeat that she isn't a kid a little too much but she does have a more astute grasp of things than Ben does at times. Hannah's roommate Jasmine is an incredible character along with her star football player boyfriend who though the silent type he has an awesome scene as "The Protector". Ben's fellow coworker Adele is also fantastic, as an ethereal type woman who typically comes out of nowhere, and even though she is upstairs, or is in the back of the shop, seems to know what is going on in the front of the store. She also meddles without seeming to, but as the reader you know from the start exactly what she's doing. This is a clever, sweet, and kind of sexy read. The characters are remarkably engaging, the main characters really grow from beginning to end, and the ending is climactic and satisfying. This novel was provided by the Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
This book isn’t your normal new adult romance novel. Hannah Gregory’s mother died when she was ten, and she bonded with her chemist father by studying chemistry with him. She graduated high school with every intention of becoming a experimental chemist to work on finding beneficial drugs for cancer. She is currently enrolled in the honors chemistry track at her college, and has just flunked her first test. She realizes that her future might be as set as she originally thought. She wanders into a used bookstore, and meets Ben Fisher, a senior, who works there and recommends a book for her to read. They form a healthy friendship, and Hannah Learns that Ben is under similar family expectation to become a lawyer. She has a crush on him, and he likes the pre-law coffee girl works by him. Will Hannah and Ben have a fairy tale ending or will they be forced to live someone else’s vision of their life. This was a well written, fast paced book. It captured my attention, and felt very realistic. I love that Hannah was more mature than been when it came to communicating with their families. I recommend this book to fans of new adult romance and English majors. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com.
I absolutely adore Hannah and Ben, cutest couple ever! And whats more they meet at a book store and climax of the story also happens at a book store, simply awesome. For a book lover this one is surely a treat. Other characters are also good. Overall book is interesting and very enjoyable. Writing style and dialogues are also very engaging. I can't remember the last time I highlighted a book this much. Its a must read for all avid readers no matter what genre you prefer. Ben works at an old books' store and loves to read. He wants to study English and teach but his father wants him to become a lawyer. Hannah is Chemistry major, her father thinks that's what she wants and she thinks that's what her father wants. Both Ben and Hannah has complicated lives, they want to follow their hearts but also don't want to disappoint their respective fathers. Then they meet by an accident. Hannah who doesn't read ends up in a book store to avoid rain and there she finds a geeky-and-irresistible Ben. Who helps her to find her first book which will change her life. She fell in love with books and her visits to bookstore become quite frequent. Soon they both find themselves drawn to each other. Now all they need to do is resolve their personal issues and finally have what they desire....
My Thoughts: Oh my freaking goodness. The second I started reading this book, I was in love. I seriously was. Usually it takes a little longer before I am fully invested in a book, but the first chapter captivated me so much, I was overwhelmed and wished I didn't have to go to bed! Hannah finds herself caught out in the rain, so she walks into a used bookstore for shelter until it lets up a bit. She ends up talking to Ben, and convinces him to pick out a book for her. He picks one, she buys it and reads it, and thus begins their beautiful friendship. This, I believe, was what made the book amazing--their friendship. You can sense it moving into "something more" territory, but it never feels forced, ever. Your heart is right there with them as they explore the beginning of adulthood--deciding what they want from life and falling for each other. This Book Will Change Your Life was by far one of the best books I've read in my life. Hannah and Ben's relationship was beautiful, like seriously beautiful. I loved watching them learn and grow and love. There was something about this book that made me feel like I was actually in the book, experiencing their experiences myself. I can't wait for more books by Amanda Weaver! My Rating: Exceptional
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating. This Book Will Change Your Life had me completely enchanted from the moment I started it. It did start to get rocky towards the middle and had me doubting the depth of my feelings for it. But by the time I made it to the end I couldn't deny that it gave me all the warm and fuzzies and I wasn't ready to let these characters or this world go. The thing that had me so captivated and reading with such a huge grin on my face through the beginning is the fact that you have Hannah who is this really sweet and smart girl, I mean she got accepted into a limited spacing college honors chemistry program for crying out loud. No doubt the girl is smart. But she's never really been a reader. At least not for fun that is. Yet in the middle of a rainstorm she ducks into the first door she comes across and ends up in a used bookstore. Long story short the as she's talking to Ben, the adorable guy who works there, and expresses to him that fact, he can't believe it and makes it his mission to turn the adorable Hannah into a book lover. He drags her around the store trying to find just the right book for her. The one that will inspire her to become more of a reader. You immediately recognize Ben's passion for books. The excitement of him dragging her through the store and pulling books off the shelf, muttering to himself about how good of a fit the book in his hand would be or not then either quickly putting it back on the shelf or putting it in a "maybe" pile was infectious. I was on the edge of my seat desperate to know each title and wondering just exactly what book passionate, bookish Ben would choose for Hannah. And then when he finds the one and hands it to her and says "this book will change your life" my excitement blew through the roof. Would Hannah like it? Could one simple book take someone with a scientific, kind of logical type of brain and get her to fall in love with a fictitious world and characters? Then, after she's read the book, to see her talking about it so animatedly with tears in her eyes I just wanted to yell "YES!" Because we've all been there am I right? So overwhelmed with feelings about a book that it brings tears to your eyes just thinking about it. And seeing this in someone for the first time, well it was fun to almost live through it vicariously, that first book that gives you all the feelings. Sigh. And then it was just so enchanting and sweet and fun to see this happen over and over as Hannah returned to the bookstore and have Ben drag her around picking out the next book. They were just so sweet and my need for them to become a thing was almost overwhelming itself! That's not to say this book was just completely perfect or anything. Like I could have done without the "almost" love triangle. I only say almost because it wasn't exactly a full fledged triangle but it was close enough to really tick me off when a couple of things happened. Regardless I really, really enjoyed this book. Both Hannah and Ben were really solid characters and I loved them to pieces, especially Ben. Their relationship was sweet and heartwarming and I couldn't get enough of them. They both had very sad and complex back stories and the support and trust they found in each other was really great. It was just so much fun!
Super cute romance that made my bibliophile self squee! I adored all of the bookish bits in this novel; especially, when I'd already read the majority of the books Ben recommends to Hannah. It was like reading the inner monologue I had every time I spotted a cute, glasses wearing guy in my bookstore. Weaver does a fantastic job of maintaining a balance of fluff and nonsense, and emotional turmoil without going overboard and turning the story into a campy feeling romance. I particularly enjoyed watching the growth of Ben and Hannah's characters as the novel progressed. It showed a real development of their characterization, and was nice to be able to come to the end with a pair I had really grown to love. My one major complaint was the way Weaver presented Ben's family. I understand they were meant to be the controlling, everything must be done my way or it's the highway for you, kind of people; but, I found them to be ridiculously two dimensional. Especially at the end of the book. Otherwise, This Book Will Change Your Life is a fun romance, with definite beach reads qualifications, that made me add Weaver to my ever growing list of authors to watch for. -Digital ARC provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review.
I received this eARC from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* I went into this book wanting a cute love story that was filled with adorable scenes that would make me laugh and smile…and that is exactly what I got! I absolutely adored this book. From beginning to end, it was exactly what I wanted and more. I loved the writing and its effortlessness. This story was really easy to get into and I couldn’t put it down. I was attached to this story and these characters. I felt them. I ached with them. I wanted to cry with them. This has quickly become one of my new favorite contemporary novels because it can be so relatable to so many college students. Hannah and Ben are both struggling with their unforeseeable future. They both struggle with deciding what to do with their lives and not wanting to disappoint their families. I found this to be 100% accurate of many college students who are struggling with making the same decisions. I know I had a difficult time and it makes you feel so unsure when so many around you seem to have their life together and you don’t. I loved that Hannah didn’t want to work with Chemistry anymore, but felt like it was too late to change her major. She felt lost and alone trying to figure out what she wants and that’s the beauty of life. It’s never too late to do what you love. Ben and Hannah both fought for what they really wanted in the end and it was refreshing to see how strong this made them and how strong they made each other. I loved Ben and Hannah’s relationship throughout this whole book. It was adorable and such a perfect example of how two people truly just get each other and are able to be there for one another all the while having their love grow deep into something magical. They had their problems and found their way back to each other to work and fight for what was important to them. It was realistic and believable. In addition, the friendships in this book were pretty amazing too. I loved Jasmine’s friendship with Hannah. I even loved Adele’s relationship with both Ben and Hannah. They all became a family and shows you that family is so much bigger than just a blood bond. This book is worth the read. I have to give it 5 stars because I felt such a strong connection with these characters and their story all the while relating to their insecurities and troubles. I wish I could read more about Hannah and Ben because I love them dearly. I wouldn’t mind walking around a book store for hours while Ben tries to decide which book will change my life. I mean, how adorable is Ben?! Passionate about books? Handsome? Glasses? How can you not swoon over him? Overall, this book is fantastic. If you’re looking for a cute contemporary, pick this one up!
Must be my week to read books with geeky heroes and I am absolutely loving them! Ben is adorable and his enthusiasm for all things books is endearing. He knows what he would like to do with his life but family pressure has him going in a different direction. He's perfect for Hannah though! She's a strong young woman who hasn't quite figured out what her place is in the world. She thought she knew what she wanted, but now that she is away in college and experiencing new things, she's questioning her life plan. These two characters are great together and make this a fantastic read! I highly recommend it to everyone.
Nice love story!