|Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance|
by Shellee Roberts
Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Teen Crush
Series: Creative HeArts #3
Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru #1 (affil.)
How Willa Got Her Groove Back #2 (affil.)
Mariely & Cabot #1
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
Description from Publisher: Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.
After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.
But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing...but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.
They’d never work for real...
|I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.|
Very cute story. I haven't read YA in awhile, but this one really grabbed me from the beginning.
Mariely is funny, and quirky, and you can't help but love her. She's got a style and flair that is her own, and I loved that she marched to the beat of her own drum (regardless of her reasons).
Then, you have Cabot, who is also funny, and such a genuinely nice guy. He is that guy that people want to dislike because things seem to come so easily for him, but he is just too darn likable. And one you get to know him, you realize that he has a lot of turmoil just under the surface.
Immediately, you see that these two are obviously well-matched and you can't wait until they let themselves accept that.
There is an interesting reveal about Mariely's boyfriend, Jacen, that really surprised me, but I appreciated how it was done. And appreciated how it was all handled throughout. Jacen isn't a bad guy, much like so many exes, and it's nice to see a relationship between exes that isn't hateful. The contrast between Jacen and Audrey was very obvious, but they were both flip-sides to the break-up coin.
I enjoyed the setting, both Austin and the arts school. I've been to Austin and even got to enjoy the Drafthouse and the uniqueness that is ATX in areas like South Congress. It was a great setting for a story like this one, with the artsy vibe. The school also worked to make the characters less childish, with the "tracks" and scheduling, and the characters being more free.
The things that kept this from 5 stars for me were: There were some things that seemed just too stereotypical "rich" vs "poor"... I wasn't a big fan of Mariely not really acknowledging her prejudice and how dumb it was that she dated Jacen because he was "like her." Or the way that she trivialized Cabot's issues just because he was rich.