Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3
Published by Entangled Teen on 21st April 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
*An eARC was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
*This review may contain spoilers from book #2 in the series, A Tale of Two Centuries.
Do not read on if you haven’t read book #2*
Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Rachel Harris’ My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series and I was thrilled when I got the chance to read an ARC last week. Thanks Entangled Teen! Now that I’ve finished it I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. My Not So Super Sweet Life (here on in known as MNSSSL because the other takes too long to type!) was the perfect ending to Cat’s journey of acceptance and learning to open her heart and let others in.
MNSSSL begins with Cat and Lucas all loved up. Cat’s finally let Lucas in and things are good. Alessandra, AKA Less, is by her side after deciding to stay in the 21st century instead of returning to the 16th century at the end of book #2. She’s even getting on really well with Jenna, her future step-mum. Life is pretty peachy … and then Caterina Angeli, famous Hollywood actress and Cat’s mother, arrives back in Cat’s life with a HUGE bombshell. Her re-appearance knocks Cat’s steady life for six, and NOT in a good way …
So, as I said ^^up there^^ I loved this book. It was different to the previous two books in the series, it definitely had a more grown up feel to it, and I liked that. Cat was moving on to a new part of her life, one that included her hot boyfriend Lucas, and that included lots of making out and the occasional curse word. If this is for your younger YA reader then you have been warned! There were also a lot of adult decisions that Cat and Lucas had to make, both separately and together. They had to decide just what was important to them and fight for those things.
Cat’s mother was a true piece of work and my heart hurt for Cat and how much hope she had for her relationship with her mother to work out well. Cat’s turmoil over her mother caused problems in other aspects of her life as things with Lucas, as well as Jenna, became strained. I liked how Rachel Harris kept Cat’s reactions to stuff true to how I think a teenager would react. She got angry, she lashed out when she was hurting. She did what Cat does best – she pushed people away out of fear. She wasn’t perfect in all of this but what teenager is? I loved Cat for this.
Now on to Lucas! Aww Lucas – If only I was 17 again. It feels a little creepy to be crushing on you at my age but you’re fictional so it’s OK, right?! What a great guy Lucas was. He made my heart melt with his determination to prove himself to Cat and win her heart once and for all. I loved him and Cat’s a very lucky girl to have him fight for her the way that he did.
You’ll have to read MNSSSL for yourself to find out what happens, obviously I’m not going to tell you here! Is Caterina genuinely interested in a relationship with Cat? Is her re-apperance the only bit of trouble brewing or is there something else? What’s Lucas’ secret? And the ending … gah … I’m so intrigued! Go read it and find out what I’m talking about, meanwhile I’ll be hatching a plan to get more info out of Rachel in New York next month 😉
Rachel Harris has delivered once again. This series is funky, funny, well written and just a breath of fresh air. I can’t wait for more YA stories from Rachel Harris because I. Am. Hooked!