NA romance · NA series · New Adult · Romance

Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne?


Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund… or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating “them.” And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?

Photo by Angel Natalie


First of all, I’m not a big fan of happily ever after (HEA) books. That’s right! I have dibs on tragic endings. Like, have my heart pulled out, ripped to a million pieces, then have it like that for the rest of my life. If you’ve read Eleanor & Park and loved it, you know what I mean. Second, I’m more inclined to not-so-cheesy book covers.

Isn’t She Lovely is the opposite of these categories. And I love it!

Photo by Angel Natalie
Photo by Angel Natalie

I love Stephanie! I can totally relate to her ‘defenses’ to protect her heart. I find her cause reasonable. That goes as well with Ethan. I tried to find a hole in the story, but just ended up giggling. I’ve read lots of love stories but it’s the first time that I almost smashed my phone on our bench (it’s wood).

The story’s flow is natural like I’m just reading a diary—or diaries. It was stitched to perfection that it’s almost too good to be true. Aside from its über-wealthy setting, that was the only flaw I found.

I highly recommend this book to people who felt like shifting to another age bracket. But ho and lo! Read the first book in this series first entitled Broken. I was a little nutty coz it’s too late before I realized I read the second book first—gimme a break! But you can still read it as a standalone.

Rate: 5/5

—Angel Natalie


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