Published by Entangled Embrace on September 28, 2015
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Take a chance and change your life…
College was supposed to be where Hannah’s hard work paid off, but the major in honors chemistry she’s been working towards since childhood is slipping away. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and Ben, the passionate college senior who works there.
Ben’s 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 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. And within the freedom of his impulsivity, both of their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart...
This Book Will Change Your Life is a really cute contemporary romance that straddles the line between Young Adult and New Adult. I loved the book store setting in the story and I really enjoyed the rollercoaster romance between Ben and Hannah. The title was worked into the book in a really cute way, and I think the interactions that centered around this were my favorite aspect of the Ben and Hannah’s story. Hannah is a college freshman who has worked her whole life to be a chemistry major. Only problem is, she is flunking her honors chem course. Hannah is struggling with something so many new college students struggle with…what do they really want to do. She finds herself in a bookstore to escape the rain and she meets Ben.
I loved watching Ben try and pick out a book for non-reader Hannah. A book that would “change her life”. Hannah and Ben’s friendship formed around the books that Ben would pick for Hannah and then they would talk about them. I thought it was so freakin’ cute. Even if Hannah was using the books to avoid her chemistry classes.
Ben and Hannah each frustrated me a bit with some of their choices. Ben with his Alex situation. And Hannah with her not really putting effort into her major (or at least we didn’t see any effort as the reader) and not at all supporting Ben with law school. I know why she didn’t support him, if she thought it wasn’t what he wanted, but that is his choice to make, not hers. Their situations were very similar to each other, but with enough differences that each of them thought their situation was the tougher one. But it would not be a satisfying romance without a few roadblocks, detours and bumps in the road. (I sound like I am describing an episode of the Amazing Race.) This is a good book for when you need a break from all those creepy Halloween and fall books. I like to spread out my suspense reading and horror books with a cute romance thrown in every now and again. This is that book.
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