Goodreads Rating: 4.22 Stars
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City girl, country guy. Will opposites attract—or clash?
When New-York-City girl Emily visits her cousin Janelle in Oregon, Emily wonders how she’ll survive the wilderness. Janelle wonders if the wilderness will survive Emily’s visit—and if she can convince her cousin to help save part of an old-growth forest.
Meanwhile, Emily also wonders if a big-city girl can get along with a county guy—named Bret. Under forest canopies and by crystal-clear waters she struggles with her growing attraction to him. But they’re so different. Whoever thought she’d fall for someone like him?
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Quick Reasons: really whiny MC who somehow doesn’t know what Bigfoot OR S’mores are?; teeny tiny, really hard to read text; cute contemporary—city girl in the big wide wilderness; a romance that felt a bit quick and awkward; most of the characters came off, to me, as 1-dimensional
HUGE thanks go to Ann Herrick for providing me with a copy of this read in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my opinions on or review of this book.
I have to begin by admitting I’m a bit torn on my penguins rating for this read. On the one hand, this is a pretty cute and entertaining story. The prose is well-written, the characters are quirky and have their own sense of personality. There aren’t any major tropes or stereotypes that I noticed, aside from “city girl meets the big outdoors.” Overall, this story is full of cute scenarios and moments that had me quirking my eyebrow in silent amusement.
The nostalgia in this also took me back to my high school days. I mean, I remember being just as moody and entertaining at the age our main character is, so I can’t really fault her for that—and reading it made me find things about past me to laugh about, now, that I didn’t find so funny when they were actually occurring! It was sort of nice, actually, to reminisce about those blunders and realize… “Hey, maybe everyone goes through something like that!”
This book is also full of things that, for me personally, didn’t work so much.
Janelle did a head slap. “I meant, we should apologize! For playing that Bigfoot trick in the first place.”
“But that was funny!”
“Your shoelaces were funny too.”
“Okay, I get the point. It’s more fun to be the joker than the jokee. Besides, Bret never actually pulled any pranks on me. He just laughed at all my blunders.”
“So…when he messes up some time, you won’t have to feel bad if you laugh.”
“But he’ll never mess up. He’s in home territory. I’m the girl fish out of the city water.”
For one thing, I read this on my kindle. And oh, MAH GOSH, the font was so so tiny. Now, I don’t know for sure if this is how the font really is, or if it was something to do with receiving this for review, so I won’t hold this against the book too much—just know, my font was super tiny, and hard to read at times. Secondly, I have a hard time believing that Emily (our MC), who hails from NYC…doesn’t know what Bigfoot OR S’mores are. I mean, okay…maybe I can see not knowing Bigfoot, but S’mores?! For a character who lives in America and has access to the internet…I’m pretty sure she’d at least know what S’mores are, if nothing else. Unless she lives under a rock. Does she live under a rock in NYC? That’s the only explanation I have for that.
And lastly… The characters—all of them—fell a bit flat for me, personally. I had a really hard time connecting with Emily, who spent half of this book complaining and half of it freaking out over seemingly silly things. I likewise couldn’t find a connection with the rest of the cast, because they all sort of felt 1-dimensional. They all have their own “status quo”…and they stick with it. I didn’t get the chance to see any of them OUTSIDE the predetermined role the book held for them, so even in moments of “drama,” I couldn’t really bring myself to care.
I thought this was a cute, quick contemporary read…but I don’t feel it was the read for me personally. Still, readers who enjoy first relationships, happy endings, and a semblance of character growth will probably adore this book. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! So give it a shot!