Today is my stop on the blog tour for Karole Cozzo’s new release, The Truth About Happily Ever After. The tour kicks off today, so be sure to keep up with the rest of the posts this week!
Published: May 16th, 2017 by Swoon Reads | Series: N/A | Length: 320 pages | Genre: YA (NA?) contemporary romance | Source: I received an eARC for review and participation in the blog tour. | Possible Triggers: talk about weight/eating that can be triggering for people with EDs
Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.
A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in The Truth About Happily Ever After, a contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.
Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.
Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Cozzo’s writing in the past and when I read that adorable-sounding synopsis, I got pretty excited to give this book a try. The Truth About Happily Ever After was a quick, fun, and captivating read that I couldn’t put down.
Before I get into my review, I do want to mention that if you’ve ever had an eating disorder this book might be difficult for you to read at times. Right in the beginning, there’s a lot of talk about Alyssa’s weight and her need to watch what she eats, exercise a lot, etc. for her job and although it doesn’t come up constantly, it remains a topic throughout the book. At times, her behavior is very similar to what you might see in someone with an eating disorder, so be aware of that before you decide whether to read this.
The first thing that drew me in was that this book basically takes place in Disney World. I know, I know, they don’t call it that, but it’s pretty clear that the Enchanted Dominion is inspired by Disney World. It was fun to imagine what it might be like to actually work there and I liked how dedicated to and in love with her job Alyssa was.
The romance in this book is adorable. It’s pretty clear from the synopsis that Alyssa and her current boyfriend break up. But that’s only the beginning of Alyssa’s own happily ever after. The rest of the book explores her new relationship with an old friend and it was just so freaking cute. I loved the two of them together and they had me feeling so many emotions – I both laughed and teared up more than once when reading the scenes between them.
After Alyssa and her current boyfriend break up, we get to see a lot of growth in Alyssa’s character. She starts to do things for herself, rather than in pursuit of her own elusive fairytale, and I loved getting to see her explore different parts of herself as she tries to figure out who she is without a boyfriend. I’ll admit I didn’t really like Alyssa at first – she just seemed too perfect and not real enough – but as the story went on, I found myself liking her more and more.
Alyssa’s friends, who also work in the Enchanted Dominion, were a great cast of characters too. Even though they play a pretty big role, I honestly would’ve liked to see them even more. They’re all really supportive, encouraging, and all-around great friends. I always love seeing strong female friendships in books so this was a big plus for me.
The Truth About Happily Ever After is a great, fun read that you’ll find hard to put down. Although it doesn’t shy away from some difficult topics, generally speaking, it’s a really cute story that will have you smiling (okay, and probably crying at times too). This will make a perfect summer read!
Oh and just as a kind of side note: although this is marketed as YA, it’s about people who are in college (but it takes place over the summer), so it could be read as NA as well. But there aren’t any sex scenes or anything “too mature” for YA, so if you like YA, this will still be a good choice!
About the Author
Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.
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