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My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris Review

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Thanks for joining me today on The Preppy Book Princess!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love reading contemporaries. There's nothing I enjoy more than a swoon worthy romance that leaves me with a big smile on my face, and over the last few years there's definitely a list of authors I've come to turn to for these amazing stories. Kasie West, Ali Novak, Becky Wade, Katie McGarry, Lauren Morrill, Morgan Matson, Rachel Hauck, Denise Hunter....are all ones that I've come to anticipate their new releases. And another author that's for sure on this list is Rachel Harris! Her YA books are always a fun retreat from my busy schedule, and leave me with the warm fuzzies.

Last week I finally had the chance to read the last book in her time travelling, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series, and it was exactly the lovely story I was hoping it would be.

Today I can't wait to tell you guys all about it, as I know a lot of people have read the first two books but never realized there was a third story that concludes the series.

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris:

Source: Bought for myself

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: April 21st, 2014

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary 


Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

******synopsis from goodreads********

My Review:

My Not So Super Sweet Life is a little different from the other two books in the series, as its mainly a contemporary, and doesn't focus quite as much on the time travel element. However, it was still a beautifully written, swoon worthy story that definitely held my attention from page to page. Before reading this one, I actually preferred the characters of Austin and Alessandra over Cat and Lucas, but my opinion changed after finishing it. Cat and Lucas' relationship goes through so much over the course of this story, and I just really felt myself falling head over heels for their characters, and their adorably romantic relationship.

I always enjoy the way Rachel Harris writes her characters finding their true selves, and that was definitely the main message I took away from this novel as well. Growing up, Cat never had a relationship with her mother, and it's caused her to be hesitant and wary about letting anyone else into her life. When her selfish, career climbing mother pops in for a cameo appearance in her life, Cat jumps at the chance for the closure she believes she needs. Her character goes through a growth through the process that shows her she doesn't need to rely on her mother's acceptance to be okay with who she is, and this really endeared her character in my eyes. One of my favorite things about Rachel's novels is that while the romance always plays a huge part, it's never the whole story, and her female characters are always strong, individual heroines who definitely still have a lot in their life besides their lovely boyfriends, and that continued to be one of my favorite moments about Cat and Alessandra in this one. 

While this novel is definitely shorter than the first two, I felt the pacing fit perfectly with the developing story, and I never felt like anything was rushed over, or dragged on past what it needed to be. On top of Cat and Lucas' relationship, I always really enjoyed reading about how Cat's relationship with her future stepmother has improved since her visit to sixteenth century Italy, and the way she's finally learned to let someone into her life. And I'm not sure I can even coherently express just how adorable, and swoon worthy the relationship is between Cat and Lucas. I mean The Princess Diaries scene literally made me squeal, as could anything be more adorable? And that's literally date night goals right there I tell ya.

All in all, I shouldn't be surprised that Rachel Harris once again delivered an adorable contemporary about staying true to ones self, wrapped up with a romance that'll give you the warm fuzzies, and the quirky, snarky moments that'll have you laughing out loud. This was a fantastic conclusion to her time travelling series, and I gave it four out of five stars. I highly recommend this book, this series, and this author, especially if you're like me and live for reading contemporaries. :)

Thanks so much for reading today guys! I hope you all enjoyed, and I'll see you all again on Wednesday!

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 


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