Book Review : My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

April 25, 2014 Book review 10 ★★★½

This book is a cute-fest; full of appealing characters, realistic dialogue and a sweet, coming of age romance.   It would be impossible not to fall for its charm.

Book Review : My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel HarrisMy Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris
Published by Entangled Teen on 21st Apr 2014
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 190
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars

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.

First Line of My Not So Super Sweet Life:

“Once upon a time (say, like, four months ago), the phrase girl bonding was a foreign concept.”

My Thoughts on My Not So Super Sweet Life:

I love the way the story starts with “Once upon a time” as this book has a very fairytale-esque feel to it.  You have a main character that is sweet, a handsome prince in the shape of her boyfriend Lucas, not an evil step-mother but an evil mother and of course a fairy godmother in Reyna.

And I don’t mean to make them sound like stereo-types as they aren’t.  They are well built up characters that I believe in and are as far from wooden as can be.  All the characters are full of life, sparkling with personality and all make this book such an enjoyable read.

And I did really enjoy it, it would be hard to not.  All Rachel’s books have a lovely warm feel to them and all the descriptions are so detailed that they just fill up all my senses.  I love the language that she uses and they make books come alive for me.  When I’m reading, I’m totally present in the moment as it happens in the book.

I didn’t however ever love it the same way I did My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century.  I just adored that book because of the Italian 16th century setting.  The time travel in previous books was so much fun and I missed that element in this book.  I also felt that without the time travel, the plot becomes fairly predictable.   On the balancing scale though,  the things I liked really outweighed those I didn’t like.

I loved how the themes of trust and fate were explored in My Not So Super Sweet Life.  Cat has matured a lot since the first book and has learnt to let people in to her life.  She now has to find the inner strength to cope when someone she lets in turns around and lets her down with a bang.  Lucas is there and is tower of strength for her but I love how Cat digs deep and finds the answers within herself.

Overall a fun, entertaining read with that special Rachel Harris feel-good-feeling stamped all over it.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

Who should read My Not So Super Sweet Life?

I’d recommend these to all those who like contemporary YA, especially if you like books with swoony romances and charismatic characters.  Plus if you like to fan-girl about book boyfriends then Lucas is a worthy contender for your attention.

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-half-stars

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10 Responses to “Book Review : My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris”

    • trish

      I just loved the first book Jenna and it’s my fav in the series. All are good for a cute, feel-good read though.

  1. CeCe

    I adore this series! I found your mention of about the lack of time travel in this book very interesting. The time travel aspect was one of my favorite stand out parts of the series so I think I might miss it as well. I still love all things Rachel Harris : )
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    • trish

      I know, I adore Rachel too and will continue to do so! This wasn’t stand out for me but it was an easy, cute read.

    • trish

      I love her new adult series. Everything Rachel writes has such great descriptive settings and I always get excited when she has a new book out. This one didn’t tick all my boxes but was still a fun read.

    • trish

      I don’t know why I didn’t flat out love it like I did all of Rachel’s other books but it was still a really fun read. And yes, fingers crossed, we won’t wait too long for Ransom’s story 🙂

    • trish

      I adored the first book Anna and can’t recommend it enough. It made me feel like I was in Renaissance Italy. It was my fav in the series but overall I’m giving the whole series an enthusiastic thumbs off.

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