Monday, March 17, 2014

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other's backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can't remember and Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden, can't forget. Suddenly there's a question mark in Natalie and Brooke's friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means."

There's an easy and good way of describing this book. It's a Happily Ever After book, in summary. Both of the main characters (Natalie and Brooke) get happy endings. So if you are the one to read very happy endings, then this book is for you. Otherwise, I would say that this book is unrealistic and totally fake. What do you expect? It's fiction. Girls, just know that teen pregnancy never ends well for most people. Especially not the parents of the teen. They will be asking themselves what went wrong. I highly doubt most parents want to be grandparents at age forty something. Or even thirty (some parents gave birth to their kids at a much younger age; aka: teen pregnancy runs in the family). 

Natalie is the quiet and shy one. She is seemingly the smartest of the two, until she got pregnant. For most of the book, she tries to figure out who is the dad. Of course, she guesses wrong at the first guess. The second guess is made by Brooke. And of course, we all know who's the true culprit behind the mystery of the baby's true father.

Brooke is the loud party girl. Let's face it. It's more likely that Brooke will be a teen mother because of her crazy party animal behavior. She's the immature one. She's the lousy, jealous, green one. Every time the book moves on to her POV, the author makes Brooke sound very rude and annoying. I'm not kidding about that.

The book goes by pretty fast. I really enjoyed. No, I was addicted to it. I couldn't stop reading it. It was really good for my eyes. Eye candy, I guess. Anyway, the plot is quickly paced. Each chapter of the book brings more details of Natalie's and Brooke's relationship over the years. I have just one question: Why are they still friends? I mean, Brooke treats Natalie like trash while Natalie keeps secrets from Brooke.

Speaking of their relationship, the relationship takes the front seat of this book. Actually, no. Aidan and Natalie's relationship takes the front seat for most of the book. It's only until the last chapters when Brooke's and Natalie's relationship takes a very sharp turn. Anything to Have You fails to deliver its promise.

The greatest part of this book is the ending. Undeniably the ending. I should tell you something. The last chapter of the book made me think this: Brooke's last words should had been "And that's how I met your father." Sorry, I'm just so excited for the ending of How I Met Your Mother. 

Rating: Three out of Five (Good fiction, just trashy fantasy)

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