The Truth About Happily Ever After
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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’m so excited to a part of the blog tour for The Truth About Happily Ever After! This was my first time reading Karole Cozzo and just loved this sweet story. When the novel begins, Alyssa seems to be the perfect, beautiful, blonde sorority girl who is constantly happy, and she is, for the most part. Working at a theme park as Cinderella, she basically lives her life as if it were a fairy tale, until she starts to realize that everything is not as perfect as she thought. Although she experiences hurt and disappointment, Alyssa learns over the summer that life isn’t always a fairy tale and things don’t always go as planned.
This novel was fantastic in that the author took Alyssa from this happy, wonderful Cinderella, to being sad and feeling sorry for herself, to getting to where she was really getting to know herself and what she wanted. Alyssa had all of these “perfect” dreams and ideas about guys, marriage, work, and life – which there is nothing wrong with that. However, as the book progressed, Alyssa realized that happiness comes in different packages and in unexpected ways.
There are no words to express how much I adored Miller. He was the perfect blend of the fun guy friend and adorably sexy. His enormous heart and caring nature was evident so many times throughout the novel, and in so many ways. I was secretly rooting for Miller from the first moment that he was introduced in the novel!
I think this novel actually offers some great lessons to women of all ages. Despite the numerous times that Alyssa was wronged, she maintained very respectful composure, for the most part. She didn’t always deal with hurt in the healthiest of ways, but even when she was hurt or angry she didn’t behave in a way that she would regret later. Also, although this story reminds us that life isn’t always a fairy tale, it also serves as a reminder that our dreams can still come true! I would highly recommend this to YA/New Adult & College readers for a realistic, yet romantic story!
*Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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.