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It would have been great to have more background establishing the conflict between Liz and Joss, it lacks a bit of emotional impact because the reader does not get to know Joss very well. Their chemistry ignited one of the great Hollywood love stories, on and off-screen, and makes this a rare pseudo-noir with a happy ending. Not all readers will get all of the references, especially since some of the films mentioned have an older target audience than that of the book.

Imbuing the operatic, bloody story of the Corleones’ rise to the top of New York City’s criminal underworld with an authentic portrayal of Italian-American immigrant experience, Don Vito, his sons, and their “business associates” reflect an anti-establishment sentiment endemic of the times where mob bosses are made into folk heroes fighting against corrupt cops, shady politicians, and even anti-Italian discrimination (as HBO’s Sopranos capo Paulie Walnuts might say). Additionally, none of the characters in Benchley’s book endear the reader, from Hooper having an affair with Brody’s wife, to Quint being a rather two-dimensional fisherman. Finding a rom-com happy ending that my mother would have loved—that could change all the bad feels to good, couldn’t it? When the novel opens, Liz and Wes are in the midst of an ongoing war over the parking space out in front of their homes.

These ‘90s era drug-addled and fame-addicted New York young adults were the first influencers, appearing regularly in the homes of millions of viewers each day via daytime talk shows such as Geraldo Rivera’s. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.

There was no way that director Curtis Hanson would ever be able to contain all of author James Elroy’s 1990 novel, L. Overall, I still really enjoyed this book, so judge for yourself how much such a thing would bother you. Throughout the story, Liz learns that hiding her grief and lying in general are not helping her situation. It felt like she was too dramatic at times (which at the beginning I blamed the narrator for, but it’s not her - it’s the character).Liz gave me some Lara Jean ( To All the Boys I've Loved Before) and Pippa ( Leading Lines) vibes - which I was so here for. I could honestly sit here all day and list everything I loved about this book (I mean, I did page-tab rather a lot of favourite moments. My mom had made her famous cheesecake bars, and Michael had met us at the door and offered us drinks like he was a grown-up. Selby’s story of growing up along the decaying Coney Island boardwalk and hitting rock bottom on heroin is based in part on the author’s life.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and pack of wild children, and when she isn't reading or writing, odds are good she's guzzling energy drinks and watching rom-coms. I get that it’s part of her character definition, that she’s growing throughout the book and that it’s a YA. This is important and I wish the description had mentioned it: Liz's mom died in a car accident when she was in the fifth grade. She asks her neighbour and childhood frenemy Wes to help her out in exchange for the good parking spot they’ve been fighting over for months.She needs an ‘in’ with Michael though and realises that she’s going to have to use her annoying neighbour Wes. My mother wouldn’t be there to take pictures and get teary as her baby attended the final dance of her childhood, and nothing made that hit home quite like seeing Joss’s mom do those things for her. Not going to lie, I did a little happy dance in my kitchen when I saw the deputy slide that ticket underneath Wes’s windshield wiper. Liz daydreams about securing a happily ever after of her own and thinks the perfect opportunity for one has presented itself when Michael, her childhood crush, moves back to town. You would think that her next-door neighbor would be a prince candidate for her romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only proven himself to be a pain in the butt, ever since they were little.

I would definitely recommend you listen to this book, it is a easy listen, predictable but in a comfy way and the story is complex enough to stay with you. This coming-of-age story references classic romantic comedy tropes and films as Liz eventually discovers that “happily ever after” is not what or who she expects. Her eyebrows went down, and so did the corners of her lips as she stopped in front of the locker and turned the lock.See, Wes Bennett and I were enemies in a no-holds-barred, full-on war over the one available parking spot on our end of the street. I read a lot of contemporary and historical, both adult and YA, and I've also been enjoying more and more fantasy lately. And as they continue to grow closer, she must reexamine everything she thought she knew about love-and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.

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