Happy Messy Scary Love
by Leah Konen
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: May 14th 2019Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see. This sweet and funny summertime romance is perfect for fans of Love and Gelato and The Unexpected Everything.
Somehow I haven’t read any of this author’s books before. This one really caught my attention as an upcoming release, and I really wanted to read it. After reading it, I have to wonder how I haven’t read any others – this book was so good and I really enjoyed it!
I really like the title and cover – I think they both fit the story really well and they are spot on! The cover is brightly colored and the fun text of the title makes it super eye catching.
The story itself was a real treat – I loved it! I was hooked from the first page, to be honest. I started reading it and figured I’d get through a few chapters and set it down for a while, but before I knew it, I was almost finished with the book! I can’t remember the last time I was so engrossed in a novel that I finished it in a single sitting. This is definitely one of those books!
I loved the main character – Olivia. She’s funny, smart, and awkward. She is the kind of character I love to see in contemporary novels. She is so fleshed out personality wise and really knows how to make a mess of a situation (so she’s so relatable and I love that!), and still manage to try her hardest to salvage it.
I love the whole premise of this – it kind of reminded me of my summers as a teenager, where I watched horror movies a lot and talked to my online friends constantly. It just really made me happy to read a book like this!
If you are looking for a great book to kick off the spring and summer season, this is one that you will want to get your hands on! Just make sure to carve out a nice block of time to read it because you aren’t going to want to stop until you’ve read the very last page!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Leah Konen is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and creative writing. She’s the author of the forthcoming HAPPY MESSY SCARY LOVE, LOVE AND OTHER TRAIN WRECKS, THE ROMANTICS, THE LAST TIME WE WERE US and THE AFTER GIRLS. She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband and their dog, Farley.
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