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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis
Published by Lake Union Press on January 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Humorous, Literature & Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.
When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?
Yay! It’s a new Rachel Hollis book! *Takes a deep breath* Okay, so if you didn’t know I heart Hollis’ The Girls series. I read her second book Sweet Girl first and fell in reader love with Max. I wanted to hang out with her and be her best friend. Then I read the first in the series Party Girl and while Landon was great, she was no Max. On the periphery of each story was Miko, the quirky designer whose one-liners stole the scenes she was in. I was very excited when I found out the third book in the series, Smart Girl, was Miko’s. Miko who believes that Converse hi-tops go with ball gowns and who loves cosplay. Miko who is harboring a deep crush on Max’s brother Liam. The same Max who will probably murder her if she finds out.
Hollis creates such a real world in her series. The locations pop and you can practically see the floor plans as the cast walks through the buildings. Each character is also very real. They have their own special quirks, mannerisms and personalities. The plots are not the most unique, they are contemporary romances, so you know there is going to be a coupling and a HEA, but it’s they way they get there that is unique. Hollis has a very fresh writing style. She incorporates pop culture, fandoms and literary references into her stories and then builds them into these delightful concoctions. Apparently Hollis has a very active website and career outside of writing, but I know pretty much nothing about it. To me Rachel Hollis is an author that I adore. I actively stalked her on Twitter so she would be one of my Author Tuesday features and she said yes! (She is the feature next week on January 19, 2016.)
Miko and Liam are very different, she is a free thinker, while he is very buttoned up business man. She does not casually date and he is a bit of a manwhore. She has a serious infatuation and he sees her as his little sister’s friend. They are a combo that should not work, but they do in the best of ways. I love that Miko was unafraid to go after what her heart desired and that she was brave enough to realize when it wasn’t right. Chalk up another win for Rachel Hollis and I hope her next read comes soon.
Favorite lines – When you break something yourself, you feel the force of the explosion; you can see every part of the destruction and watch the pieces fall. But at least then you can find them again when it’s over; at least that way you have a chance of putting the pieces back together. I find it ironic; this whole time I’ve lived in fear of Liam breaking my heart. But I did it all on my own.
Biggest cliché – “I am entirely too busy to fall in love. We can bang, but not love.”
Have you read Smart Girl, or added it to your TBR?