‘ALL THE RIGHT REASONS’: A YOUNG ADULT REALITY TV ROMANCE

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STORY | Finding love in the aftermath of the painful dissolving of her decades long marriage isn’t easy for Cara’s mother. Her father, now with someone else, doesn’t even the aftermath easy. They jointly own a business, but Cara and her mom have big dreams to have an independent life. First, they have to have capital. This is all the things Cara vents about in a viral social media post that catches the attention of reality show producers.

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Cara and her mother, Julia, are invited on a reality dating show where the mother and child try to find love for mom and a new stepsibling for Cara. Trouble is, will the right man step up for Julia, and what happens when she starts to fall for the cute boy who could be a stepsibling?

REVIEW | This is one of those books I was introduced to through an email. I think. Asking me to remember is a stretch since it’s been a long time now since its twenty-twenty-two release day. Much to my own annoyance, I shamefully didn’t read it in full back then, and just recently picked the book up again to read and I will say, I’m glad to mark it “finished” now.

The book is a really cute premise and with the exception of sometimes struggling to remember which kid fits with which candidate, it’s an easy read. If I have one thing I would gripe about, it’s the drama. This is especially true of one scene especially since we don’t really feel because we didn’t see that the connection between the characters warrants these kinds of tears.

The book is still cute and would likely be most fun for anyone who is a reality TV junkie. Just know going in, this is more about Julia and Cara than it is any kind, no matter the age, a romance.

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🎥🎬🎞️‘ALL THE RIGHT REASONS’: A YOUNG ADULT REALITY TV ROMANCE🎥🎬🎞️ Review of the Bethany Mangle novel. © Rissi JC
ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Bethany Mangle
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Provided by publisher, thank you
Publication Date: 2022
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★
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Content: the book contains language. 3-5 uses of the f-word along with other more minor uses of profanity. It’s infrequent and doesn’t overwhelm the novel. There’s a scene or two where people “make out” but nothing graphic or overly descriptive.

My sincere apologies to the author and publisher for the delay in publishing this review. Thank you so much to the publisher for kindly providing a copy to read and review; I’m so grateful. All opinions are my own.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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