Monday, September 28, 2015

ARC REVIEW: This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver

Title: This Book Will Change Your Life
Author: Amanda Weaver
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Published: September 28th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 193
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★ (4/5) Stars

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Take a chance and change your life…

College was supposed to be where Hannah’s hard work paid off, but the major in honors chemistry she’s been working towards since childhood is slipping away. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and Ben, the passionate college senior who works there.

Ben’s trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn't even like because she fits into a world he doesn’t want, but can’t escape. But then he meets Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.

So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. And within the freedom of his impulsivity, both of their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart...

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating.

This Book Will Change Your Life had me completely enchanted from the moment I started it. It did start to get rocky towards the middle and had me doubting the depth of my feelings for it. But by the time I made it to the end I couldn't deny that it gave me all the warm and fuzzies and I wasn't ready to let these characters or this world go.

The thing that had me so captivated and reading with such a huge grin on my face through the beginning is the fact that you have Hannah who is this really sweet and smart girl, I mean she got accepted into a limited spacing college honors chemistry program for crying out loud. No doubt the girl is smart. But she's never really been a reader. At least not for fun that is. Yet in the middle of a rainstorm she ducks into the first door she comes across and ends up in a used bookstore. Long story short the as she's talking to Ben, the adorable guy who works there, and expresses to him that fact, he can't believe it and makes it his mission to turn the adorable Hannah into a book lover. He drags her around the store trying to find just the right book for her. The one that will inspire her to become more of a reader.

You immediately recognize Ben's passion for books. The excitement of him dragging her through the store and pulling books off the shelf, muttering to himself about how good of a fit the book in his hand would be or not then either quickly putting it back on the shelf or putting it in a "maybe" pile was infectious. I was on the edge of my seat desperate to know each title and wondering just exactly what book passionate, bookish Ben would choose for Hannah. And then when he finds the one and hands it to her and says "this book will change your life" my excitement blew through the roof. Would Hannah like it? Could one simple book take someone with a scientific, kind of logical type of brain and get her to fall in love with a fictitious world and characters?

Then, after she's read the book, to see her talking about it so animatedly with tears in her eyes I just wanted to yell "YES!" Because we've all been there am I right? So overwhelmed with feelings about a book that it brings tears to your eyes just thinking about it. And seeing this in someone for the first time, well it was fun to almost live through it vicariously, that first book that gives you all the feelings. Sigh.

And then it was just so enchanting and sweet and fun to see this happen over and over as Hannah returned to the bookstore and have Ben drag her around picking out the next book. They were just so sweet and my need for them to become a thing was almost overwhelming itself!

That's not to say this book was just completely perfect or anything. Like I could have done without the "almost" love triangle. I only say almost because it wasn't exactly a full fledged triangle but it was close enough to really tick me off when a couple of things happened.

Regardless I really, really enjoyed this book. Both Hannah and Ben were really solid characters and I loved them to pieces, especially Ben. Their relationship was sweet and heartwarming and I couldn't get enough of them. They both had very sad and complex back stories and the support and trust they found in each other was really great. Plus this book gave me a list of books that I've added to my TBR pile to see what Ben found in each one that also sparked something within Hannah.

It was just so much fun! It's the kind of book I could easily reread again and again and still be just as enchanted by the story and the characters as I was the first time.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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