I knew from the cover that this would be the perfect fluffy romance, and I was right! Kudos to the book designer and shame on me for judging the book based off its cover. You should all know by now that I’m a total sucker for a pretty cover, though. I’m not ashamed.
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.
After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.
The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…
Let’s just jump right into this, shall we?
The author did a great job writing both of these characters as long-time friends. It’s one of my favorite parts of the book, actually. It’s clear by their inside jokes, mannerisms, and little actions toward one another that they know each other better than themselves. Although I didn’t feel particularly close to either Mia or Jake as individuals, I really found this part of the book endearing and it definitely helped draw me into the story.
The cuteness just goes on from there, making this the perfect summer read. The tropes the author uses (enemies to friends, fake dating, boy next door, childhood friends, etc.) are well-executed and don’t make me roll my eyes by how unoriginal they seem. In the context of this book all these tropes feel more endearing and fun, and I found myself actually enjoying the predictability they offered. Fair warning: this book definitely seems like instalove! True, Jake and Mia have been longtime friends, but they never really acknowledged that they liked each other that whole time so it feels more like instalove than anything else.
As much as I loved the dynamic between Jake and Mia and the relationship that grows from that, there wasn’t much more to the book. The author touches on family issues a bit but nothing too solid. Most of the “substantial” information seems to relate to Jake: his friendships, his relationship with his brother, playing music, and his relationship with his mom. Mia deals with some personal issues, but her conflict mostly relates to Jake: not wanting her mom to force them together, wanting to date someone she chooses, how she feels about crushing on Jake, etc. I felt closer to Jake than Mia because he was more well-rounded and defined as an individual.
I don’t think there’s much more I can say about this book without repeating things I’ve already mentioned, and I think that speaks more about the depth of the book than the review itself. It is definitely a cute book, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t one to read if you’re looking for more than a quick contemporary romance read. I think the perfect place to enjoy this book is on the beach in the summer, margarita in one hand and book in the other.