Take a chance and change your life…
College was supposed to be where Hannah’s hard work paid off, but the major in honours 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…
It’s always such an amazing moment when you find a New Adult author whose books aren’t full of misogyny and guys punching each other. This was one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in… well, in forever, and it featured two lovely, sweet, likeable and intelligent characters, along with a bunch of lovely, sweet, likeable and intelligent secondary characters.
Our heroine, escaping bad weather, stumbles into a second-hand bookshop one day, and there she meets our hero. She has been so focused on science she never read, and books are his passion. The relationship that follows develops believably, and both are such genuinely likeable people that it’s easy to believe in them together. And hey – hero with glasses!
The story is really well-balanced, with both hero and heroine dealing with and overcoming their own issues, beyond the relationship. I also liked that our heroine is never taken seriously because of the way she looks, and how she also overcomes that.
There is no misogyny in this book. None. It is sad that that is something that needs pointing out, but it puts This Book Will Change Your Life into a very small group of books in this genre I can actually say that about! Not even the romantic rival is made out to be a bad person, and the heroine has good female friends rather than the author pitting all the young women against each other, like most in this genre do.
It’s not only refreshing, but these people reminded me much more of my university days than any of the melodramatic garbage that has been popular for a few years.
Honestly, this is just one of those books you can’t dislike. It portrays young adults the way things really are, it features characters you can relate to, and you will be really cheering hero and heroine on for their happy ever after. Definitely recommended.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.