Author: Lauren Layne
Release Date: October 28th, 2013
Age and Genre: New Adult, Contemp, Romance
Source: for review
The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.
“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”
Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he?
As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.
But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating them. And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?
Don't you just love it when you get a recommendation from one of your fav NA authors (hey, Cora Carmack!) and you just end completely loving that book? Yep. That's what happened with me and ISN'T SHE LOVELY. You may think that you've read about a million books about that same old story where the two main characters pretend they're in love and then actually falling in love. But Lauren Layne really does step out and made her own super sweet story stands out from the other NA books.
I really adored Stephanie. She's one of the few main characters who never really annoyed me throughout the book. Yes she made some few mistakes, but those never made me want to scream at her. She had her own reasons and personally I do think they were believable and the way she acted. I love her backstory - you'll find out how she became from this blonde girlie-girl cheerleader to this full on scary goth. And then we have Ethan. He's the typical rich guy but what I really liked about him was that he wasn't an asshole and a manwhore. At the beginning it was so funny when these two met and they immediately stereotyped each other. Their banter is so entertaining and really really does make you think about this messed-up society that we live in.
The whole story has the whole college feel to it which I loved - the whole screen-writing course, the frat parties and all that. Lauren has created such likable and relatable characters- they are the kind of students that you can really meet in real life. Of course, the romance was my favourite aspect of this book. How can it not be? I found their hate relationship at the beginning hilarious but once they got past it, oh wow. The scenes are so hot.
This book has the best ending ever. I really didn't expect that! I was grinning the whole time. Obviously I won't tell you what happens, but this book really made it's way to my favourites list and no doubt I'll be looking forward for the author's next books.