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Isn't She Lovely

(Redemption #0.5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  10,529 ratings  ·  926 reviews
The rules are clear—until they're broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.

"Who knew that pretending you're not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?"

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school
eBook Kindle, 288 pages
Published October 28th 2013 by Flirt (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jolayne I'm not 100% positive but I think because it came out after #1 and possible after #2, but I think Ethan was also a character in #1. I'm guessing it ju…moreI'm not 100% positive but I think because it came out after #1 and possible after #2, but I think Ethan was also a character in #1. I'm guessing it just made more sense due to character time lines. (less)

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• Lisa •


I am in complete book love, 'isn't she lovely' had me hooked from page one, addicted right though the middle and wishing I could re read all over again for the first time by the end. This book popped up in my daily review email, I took one look at my friends description and instantly knew that this story would tick my five star boxes and I wasn't far wrong, in fact I fell into complete NA book heaven with this story and here are my tho
My full review is up on The Random Transliterator, but people seem to be enjoying this summary, so it stays :D

This is NA.

There is no slut-shaming.

There is no violence and no rapey sex.

There is no claiming.

There is no branding.

There is a plot and it's executed.

There is safe sex.

There is character growth.

There are real-life problems they need to face.

There are messages that go beyond I want to have sex with you and I want it right now.

I read until 5.30 AM and I regret nothing. There were some gram
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

3.5 stars but rounding it up because of the leather pants.^^

CLICHÉ CONTENT: Bountiful especially in the plot. It’s your extremely rich, preppy, perfect Ethan vs. extremely dark, sarcastic Goth girl, Stephanie. Two exactly opposite worlds collide but in a really hilarious and unexpectedly sweet way. The author’s take on the clichéd theme is obviously intentional; she was even poking fun at her own story. (comparing it to movies like She’s All That and Pretty Woman.)

Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christy by: • Lisa •
4.5 Fun and Fabulous Stars!!!

"Life is nothing but phases. Some things stick, lots of things don’t. You’ll figure it out."

Looking for a fun, fresh and feel good read? This book will do the trick. A spin on the old Pygmalion storyline that will keep you laughing, swooning and smiling!

Stephanie Kendrick goes to NYU. She is a third year film student who is spending the summer in NY to stay away from her family and take an extra film class. Steph used to be the popular high school gi
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read

Lauren Layne... where has she been my whole book life, huh? Because damn, we clicked. The woman can write good stuff and I dig her style. The writing is flawless, natural, easy, very pleasant to read, simply meant for me. I have a new auto buy author, that's for sure.

But to the point, it was kind of a modern version of Pretty Woman. Ethan and Stephanie bump into each other on the way to film class, after this very awkward and hilarious meeting, they go their separate ways. When they get to class
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
4 Lovely Stars.


Ethan and Stephanie live in different words. She is a hurt girl that hides her feelings and protect herself behind black cloths, black-make up and piercings.
He is a rich boy from Hamptons, frat boy, that doesn’t know any reality besides his own one.
Somehow they got stuck in a college work, writing a screenplay together. Neither of them was happy about it.
But as the time passes so their complicity and one day Ethan makes Stephanie (who is in a bad situation, having to live wit
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 I found myself a new auto-buy author stars

Who knew that pretending you're not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?

That ridiculously happy person in the gif with the permanently goofy smile stuck on her face...that would be me the entire time I was reading this book. You're probably sitting there thinking, it couldn't have been that good, right? Well ye of little faith, it was.

Ok, well maybe not quite make me almost pee good. But it was adorable,
Ash Wednesday

Ever wonder what if Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne got together and wrote a book?

Yeah me neither.

Then I read this and now I know.

Anyone familiar with my blatherings would know that I don't mind cliches. I am perfectly comfortable in admitting that recycled storylines, with the proper execution, fall in my comfort reads category. This book promises a re-telling of Pygmalion and threw around a lot of references to similar film adaptations in a very meta manner. I find it pretty hard
Amy | Foxy Blogs
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***5 Blurred Lines Stars***

'Isn't She Lovely' is a feel good modern day mix of My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman.

Two unlikely college students are thrown together for a college film project where they must write a screenplay.

Stephanie: dresses like she's goth to keep the world away and to hide her pain.
Ethan: dresses like he just walked off the GQ catalog. Ethan is wealthy and pretentious.

As they begin recreating a modern day Pygmalion the lines
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

I loved this book! Honestly it had me addicted from the first page, I just love this authors style of writing, she writes NA like a boss!

Stephanie Kendrick is a soon to be senior at NYU and now summer's here she decides that rather than go home and face her demons, she will take a summer class in Classic Film Narratives. She is slightly erring on the side of Goth, with her dark hair, dark clothes and dark moods and a typical example of an ex popular princess turned tortured so
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
"Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending you are?"


You see, what didn't work for me in The Deal completely won me over in Isn't She Lovely. Every trite stereotype, every cheesy ass conversation and

I guess everything just depends on the packaging and Lauren Layne definitely knew how to deliver.

This was completely fluffy, fun fast read with slightly dark part
And here’s what you don’t learn in Film 101…in real life? The meet-cute isn’t the least bit cute. It’s more like a meet-awkward. Sometimes even a meet-shoot-me-now.

If Stephanie and Ethan literally running into each other, Ethan helping Stephanie pick up the contents of her backpack, including the loose tampons, while trading barbs on the others Goth and preppie lifestyles respectively isn’t a “meet-cute”, I’m not sure what is. Steph’s an introverted film major who takes herself way too serio
Rachel Maniacup
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Jilly
Yes AJ,my dearest sis! It's a brilliant 5 stars to this!haha! This book is indeed lovely! Once you've started it, you wouldn't want to put it down,I swear! 'Cause yeah, I'm easily moved by this kind of story. In short,I'm a great fan of romantic comedy!yay!^^

This is a story of two completely opposite characters, STEPHANIE and ETHAN who are both in a college summer film class,and were assigned as partners by their professor to write a script for a screenplay based on the myth of Pygmalion. The tw
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: • Lisa •
Isn’t She Lovely was a classic romance of opposites attract; a story that was just pure unadulterated enjoyment! Filled with snarky banter providing entertaining push and pull, I was smiling, laughing and swooning throughout! *sigh* I just love it when a story leaves me happy and satisfied!

Outside appearances, prejudices and pride play a huge roll in Stephanie and Ethan’s first meeting. Barreling into each other’s life, quite literally, they do not get off to a good start. Stephanie is the ster
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Aww.....wasn't that the sweetest-cutest little story!

It literally made me all smiley and happy!

See here I am...

There was great banter amongst the characters...

My favorite.

Ethan and Stephanie:

S--"You look like you walked off a Harvard admissions brochure."
E--"Stereotype much?"
S--"It's just that I think you forgot to change out of your country club uniform."
E--"Does that surly mood come with the goth outfit? Or do you have to buy it separately?"
S--"Could you please watch where you're pointing yo
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Isn’t She Lovely is incredibly witty, full of great sense of humor, heart melting love story that can easily sweep every fan of romantic comedy of their feet! I quickly fell in love with Lauren Layne’s spectacular way of telling the story and the quirky plot that is a wonderful mix of Pretty Woman with Pygmalion . It made me swoon, smile and laugh out loud.

Stephanie is junior at NYU where she studies film. Coming back to home for summer was not an option for her and to prevent it, Step
This book is such a cliché! It was a combination of cheese, fluff and angst. Yes a cliché straight from what we see in every Romantic comedies and Korean Dramas.

I watch a lot of Korean Dramas and their RomComs are all like this; handsome rich snobs recreate and doll up the weird and unattractive girls and then they fall in love!!! Wow!!! Bahahaha It was so cliché that I was ready to just read and get it over with but just when I was forty percent done with the book that I was liking where the st
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Awwww that was Sweet Stars!

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Isn’t She Lovely was such a delightful surprise for me! It may be your typical “opposites attract” romance novel but it really was a refreshing version.

It had me laughing, swooning a bit and the flow of the story gives you that feel good kind of feeling. However, there is a bit of sadness that will tug at your heartstrings.

The main characters in this book are Ethan and Stephanie. And boy these two could not be more different.

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Stephanie has taken on a person
• Jodi Bibliophile •
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I've had to say goodbye more times than I have liked, but I guess everyone can say that.

But when you say goodbye to characters THAT goodbye is always hard to say.

These characters that have become your friends, your support, your happiness and your life.

I mean how can you say goodbye to that?

I never want to.

I've been angry, sad, my moods have been all over the place due to my job. I couldn't bring myself to read anything that would either put me in a bad mood or worse trigger the fucking thin
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
5 stars

Two opposite people. The heroine Stephanie dresses like a Goth and looks like a troubled girl. The hero Ethan comes from a rich family and looks like a homecoming king. As well as working on their summer project together, they are faking a relationship. These two had great chemistry and the back and forth banter is one of my favourite things when reading romance.

Can you please watch where you're pointing your teeth? The glare from your caps are hurting my eyes

Add in a no ins
Camilla Isley
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fake-relationship/opposites-attract novel from Lauren Layne that I adored. Ethan was a real prim darling... I thought I had a soft spot for bad boys but lately I’m digging good boys so much more.

A wonderful read ... romantic, with real feelings that deals with real-life problems in a way that’s never too heavy but instrumental to the story and character growth.

Loved it.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 College Tested, Real Life Experienced, Well Learned Stars ****

When I read, I can only bring my life experience to each book and figure it out from there. I did not have the live on college experience with all of the frat parties or keg deals. I did not have that continued stuff you experience in high school of clicks, bullies and outsider-ship.... I had very different experiences and those are subjects for another time....

But I did have life experiences of trying to fit in... of trying to be
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
~~~~ 4 STARS OR 7.5/10 ~~~~

This was a very sweet and very refreshing NA! I loved so much about it:
--no over the top refreshing!
--Dual pov's that don't reiterate the same scene...the best way a dual POV is done!
--emotional yet angsty enough to tear up and empathize with the characters.
--a beautiful ending that had me clutching my chest.

I loved the witty banter between Ethan and Stephanie. They were so cute together even when they were fighting. The sexual tension was done really well
Dee Montoya
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*****5 Lovely~Flirty Stars*****

What a treat Isn't She Lovely was for me; a refreshing story about how opposites attract. A sarcastic Goth beauty falls for the clean cut rich guy. Romantic and witty, this book was lovely in every way.

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Ethan and Estephanie come from totally different worlds, but they do have one thing in common, they both have experienced deception and pain. When they are forced to be partners in a film class assignment the last thing they expected was to become friends becaus
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
From its mere appearance alone, Isn't She Lovely seems to be a rather classic tale. After all, we have a New Adult college setting, an opposites-attract situation, and two "troubled" teens...what's new? Well, Lauren Layne, that's what. Although I often struggle to find a New Adult novel I enjoy - one that isn't Holier Than Thou or Unteachable, - Layne's debut into this genre won me over almost instantaneously. Not only is her writing addictive, impossible to put down, and a true page-turner, but ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Re-read: 13.10.2016
I want more: Beautiful. Still absolutely beautiful. I love it. The characters? Perfect. The chemistry? Hot. The friendship? Adorable. The story? Wonderful. I love the friendship, how it is turned into something more. How the characters gets to know each other and finding themselves a long the way... I love it. Always will and I know I'll re-read this one yet again in the future. Twice is not enough. I only wish that Lauren Layne would write us more of Ethan Price and Steph
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
(ARC provided by Netgalley)

I absolutely loved this story.
My heart is still floating on cloud nine!!!

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"Isn't She Lovely" is the story of two people who couldn't be more polar opposites if they tried.
Ethan Price and Stephanie Kendrick are NYU students.
Ethan is from high society and is a business major and Stephanie is an aloof goth chic, who is a film major.
They literally run into each other in a school hallway on their way to a summer film class.

And here's what you
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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If you want a heartwarming warming story about two people finding themselves then look no further. Stephanie and Ethan are paired together on a project for their summer Film Class. Neither one of them is happy considering they're are polar opposites.

Stephanie , went through a lot the past few years and is still holding on to many hurts and resentments. She has build a wall around to keep herself from getting hurt. The last thing she wants is paired up with a rich preppie guy like Ethan.

Ethan, o
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Update 28th January 2015

Re-read!! I loved it even more this time XP

I am not comparing or anything but this book strangely reminded me of Wait for You........ and I think I gave that book 1.5 stars...... I personally enjoyed this book better because it didn't have CREEPY lines or dialogs and also the female protagonist isn't a damsel in distress all the time and I think that's what I see in a better book. This changed my NO NEW ADULT RULE!!!!
But this is definitely not for those who dont enjoy c
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
"Think of it as screenplay fodder," I say, putting a hand on her back and leading her towards the escalators. "Angry Gothic Girl discovers Fifth Avenue."
"I've been on Fifth Avenue before, fool," she snaps.
She's so lovely.

Well....wasn't that lovely? I quite enjoyed that. I'm as surprised by my five star rating as anyone else, but what can I say? When the book suits you, it suits you. I couldn't have chosen a better time to delve into this story. It had the perfect amount of wit, banter, roman
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Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Hot Asset, Hard Sell, and Huge Deal in her 21 Wall Street series, as well as her Central Park Pact series. Her books have sold more than a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is bas ...more

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