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350 pages, Hardcover
First published May 21, 2019
"There’s a certain rush that comes with lying. I think a lot of people probably don’t like it— the racing heart, the sweaty palms, the fear of being caught. These are the things that made lying worth it for me. All that buildup and anticipation wondering if you’ll get away with it."📖 Happily & Madly 📖
So much beauty, but what does it cost?
How many lies? How many secrets?
Well friends, here we have yet another great recommendation from Kate. If you've read the synopsis, you probably thought to yourself, This sounds like a super easy, romantic read. Perfect for summer. And you would be wrong.
Happily and Madly is, in fact, a great read. And it was probably my favorite read of the summer. However, it's also anything but a quick romantic read. What made this so phenomenal and unputdownable was that every time I thought I'd figured out what was going to happen next, another twist threw me for a loop.
Our main character, Maris Brown, is some kind of trouble. Typically, when you read about a character who goes looking for trouble, you're not thinking literally. Only, Maris is. Visiting her father in idyllic Cross Cove is a bandaid over a broken childhood, smoothed over with a burning cream of the New Browns, aka the family her father replaced her with. Acting out is one thing. Sort-of-accidentally-but-not-really secretly dating your step sister's boyfriend is another.
I am thinking what I'm not allowed to think:
He would be different with me.
Alexis Bass blew me away with this book. From her simple, elegant prose to the expertly woven intricacies and surprises she wove into Happily & Madly, she's earned her name popping up again on my TBR. For those who loved One of Us Is Lying or Genuine Fraud, I'd recommend adding this underrated book to your next-to-read list.
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