Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.
Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.
Author: Laura Taylor Namey
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada)
Genre/s: Parenting & Families , Teens & YA
Number of pages: 384
Release Date: October 8th 2019
From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.
While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.
Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.
I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to love Darcy because I thought I would see myself in her. A girl who loses herself inside of stories so she can escape from her own life? She could be any of us. But for a reason that I’m not sure of, I didn’t. I also hate knowing that Darcy had to grow up/miss out on things because of her mother’s disorder. It seemed like she couldn’t take care of her daughter properly. I know they are supposed to be seen as close but I didn’t like their relationship.
What I did really love about this was Darcy and her best friend, Marisol! Marisol was so kind and loyal to Darcy. She took Darcy’s secrets and kept them safe. Also Marisol’s family was so amazingly kind to Darcy. I honestly teared up a few times during parts with them.
I will say I wasn’t 100% on board with Asher and Darcy almost the end of the book but I can see why people will love them.