I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion from Edelweiss plus. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion.
MY RATING: 3.5 STARS
Hi, my name is Crystal. I’m 25, and I’ve got a great fiancée, a respectable job, and a decent apartment. Or at least I did, until a few weeks ago. Technically, I’m single, unemployed, and living with my overbearing mother. But it’s only temporary.
I’m just crashing here for a couple of months while I work on my novel, but I never seem to have any time to write. My mother is always asking for help with chores, dragging me off to parties she doesn’t want to go to, or making me sell her overpriced marshmallows. But I’ve got a plan.
My sister works for a company that’s designing “smart companions.” I’m going to order one to be the perfect boyfriend for my mom. He’ll be handsome and flattering and good with marshmallows. And then I can go back to living my life.
I just have to make sure she doesn’t get too attached. He’ll only be on loan for a few weeks. It’s not like she’s going to fall in love with him or anything, right?
This book was unique and a lot different from what I usually read. yeah, it was romance but it was also more than that.
Crystal, the protagonist hires a robot to keep her mom, Margot company without telling her about it. Her mom ends up falling for the robot and the robot was made by her sister, Lisa’s company so the entire thing becomes a really big mess.
I‘m usually not a fan of big messes but this one was interesting and compelling. It was a lot but it was handled nicely so it did not feel overdone or too dramatic.
I also loved the family dynamic in this book.
Crystal learns a lot through the course of the book and matures as a human being. She does not live how much her mother is involved in her life and wants to cut down on that and I get it, but the way she treats her mother at times is unacceptable. I like how she learns how wrong she was and understands her mistakes.
I also really like Margot, Crystal’s mom’s characters. Yes, she is very flawed and is often portrayed as an overzealous person who is too involved in others lives and is unsatisfied but through the book, we see how strong she really is and how she can stand on her own two feet.
I ended up liking all the characters of the book a lot by the end of it.
The ending was also very good but a little too ‘happily ever after’ for me.
What I didn’t like was the format. The book was in form of letters, e-mails and journal entries and while I liked that in Illuminae, it kind of threw me off on this one. I had a hard time adjusting in Illuminae too but that was 500+ pages. This was smaller but I think if I had more time with it, I’d have liked it better.
Overall, it was a great book and I really liked it.
POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE: A DEBUT NOVEL
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