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Happily Ever Afters

(Happily Ever Afters #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,319 ratings  ·  904 reviews
Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflec
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Balzer + Bray
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Beware the Bookwyrm I think my 13-year-old would love this one. I've been trying to convince her to read it. There's some language, but no sex. As Alex mentioned, they do…moreI think my 13-year-old would love this one. I've been trying to convince her to read it. There's some language, but no sex. As Alex mentioned, they do talk about it some, but nothing happens. (less)

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Miranda Reads
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it

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Reading this book as just like watching a teen rom-com from the 80s and I just ate that right up.

Tessa loves to write romance, and when her family moves, she gets into a prestigious arts school where she is going to be a part of their writing program. Tessa has never actually shared her writing with anyone but her best friend, but she's excited to write and have this new experience. But the first day, she freezes up and finds herself not being able to write. Anything. The solution her best frie
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I loved Happily Ever Afters. The story is cute and talks about important issues. Tessa grew up around very few black people. Tessa is in multiple situations with racial problems. Bryant discusses how Tessa feels and why she handles the situations the way she does. After moving, she is now around black people and feels like she fits in. Tessa’s brother Miles has disabilities and she discusses how people don’t usually treat him right. Tessa’s parents are always looking out for Miles which sometime ...more
I really wanted to love this almost how desperately Tessa wanted to love someone. Some parts of this book I enjoyed while others I was unimpressed or let down by.

Let's get into this.

Happily Ever Afters had amazing representation which includes: a bi-racial main character, anxiety rep, a disabled character, Black side characters, and a Filipino best friend.

I personally can't judge if (most of) the representation is accurate, but I will say that I personally feel like one of the characters was
Chidimma Desiree
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was definitely cute! But I have never witnessed such a self sabotaging main character like,Tessa, OMG! I found her accepting all the problematic nature of dream boy, Nico, and the villainization of Poppy, even though she was the one trying to steal her boyfriend, to be so annoying. Haven’t we moved past the days of having the main girl hate the “perfect” popular girl who has the “perfect” popular boyfriend? And I get the whole point was to see Tessa’s growth in the end, but I felt we d ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Ahh I started out thinking I was going to give this 5 stars and I feel betrayed!

Tessa goes to a school for the arts (for creative writing) but doesn’t expect to actually have to workshop or share her writing and gets major writers block..which she is trying to cure by having her own happily ever after with someone else’s boyfriend. As someone who has done writing workshops I get the anxiety, but jeez.
She also has a lovely support system, complete with cinnamon roll/Hawaiian shirt Sam.

Tessa is
Jun 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
like Jane the Virgin??? black girl magic ?? wake me up when this is out
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, contemporary
lesson learned:

don't trust a man that likes J.K Rowling.
Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
Dear Netflix, I am sincerely begging you to adapt this book into a movie because it is just pure goodness, and I loved listening to the audiobook. Filled with adorable moments of romance and friendship, Happily Ever Afters had me squealing and swooning at every page.

If you’re a fan of loveable rom-coms like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I Believe In A Thing Called Love, or any Disney Channel Original Movie, this is the perfect book for you. Through Tessa, we explore finding first love, reco
2.5/5🌟: i was so excited about this "jane the virgin"- like romcom and there were definitely things i loved: the writing style, the positive rep of Black people and tessa's desire to become an author because i can relate a lot to that. but unfortunately, there were so many things that i didn't like:
1) for the most part, making another girl the villain of the story
2) tessa constantly neglecting all of her friends, which makes her very unlikeable
3) tessa not caring that the boy she wants to convi
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
i have so much love for YA books where the characters act and think and f*ck up and learn and grow like real, actual teenagers, and this book is a perfect example of that. plus, a writer main character and a baker love interest, with an art school setting and a realistic and lovable cast of side characters! i enjoyed this so much.
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Tessa has never been the hero of her own story, even though she's written plenty of heroes and happily ever afters in her writing. But she's about to start a new school at a prestigious academy dedicated to cultivating fine minds and she's really nervous. Because she's never shared her writing with anyone besides her best friend before and now she's going to have to read aloud to a classroom of gifted students. And worse, her words are gone. Vanished. Blimp.

Her best friend devises a scheme to ge
I had an amazing time listening to the audiobook, and I want this book to be translated immediately. It gave me all the To All the Boys vibes, with a main character who wants to be a romance author, and a boy who's an amazing baker, baking stuff that I could practically smell, it sounded so good.

I loved how much this book let its main character be messy. She has flaws, she fucks up, she struggles to make the right decisions, and it was so good to see her get that space to grow and learn what she
Jun 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
June 10, 2020: The cutest cover has just been revealed and I'm so excited to meet Tessa! Mainly because books about readers is THE theme and also because 'creating your own real life love story' sounds fun and I need pointers so I don't stay single forever so yeah, EXCITED. ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Happily Ever Afters is a YA contemporary romance.

The narrator is 16 year old Tessa (1st person POV). She has recently moved with her family to Long Beach, California.

She is a writer and is starting at a special school for the arts. She has a 19 year old brother with disabilities (this is a big part of the story). And a best friend named Caroline (who is also a big part of the story).

The book has a bit of a love triangle as there are two possible love interests for Tessa.

When I started this book
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cw // hp & jk rowling references

i just.... stopped liking this after one of the love interests (yes, there is a love triangle) said he wanted to be like jk rowling. plus i wouldn't like anyone who tries to take away someone's boyfriend for herself!!
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rep :
✍🏽biracial black mc with anxiety
✍🏽fat li
✍🏽side black character with cerebral palsy
✍🏽filipina-american side character
✍🏽black side character
✍🏽mlm side characters

i’m going to start with the cons so that i can end this review on a relatively more positive note : firstly, i just could not appreciate the fact that tessa was openly and seriously considering stealing another girl’s boyfriend. i also could not believe that her friends were also ope
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars
This is just such an amazing book!! I love it so much!!
A girl named Tessa was just accepted to a pretiotus arts school where all types of art are allowed. Tessa loves writieg. But one day she gets into a writers block. But it is not just any block is is a block that makes her stop writing. Her groove from writing is gone and she can't get it back...
I hope you liked that synopsis.
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Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
“You need to learn the subtle art of not giving a f*ck.”

Happily Ever Afters was not a book for me.
I can see why it’s compared to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. These books do have many similarities – that’s probably the reason why I didn't like it and stopped caring for the last third of the story.

It started off pretty good. The first few chapters addressed many important topics making the reader more aware of under-representation of black people in the main cast of books, movies, and t
Sep 11, 2019 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
As if the 'Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before' wasn't enough, this book is also gonna be 'full of Black girl magic' and like, I already love it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

This was really cute!
Never Without a Book
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases
A book I didn't know I needed. I loved it!!! ...more
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
There's nothing like a story that allows teens to mess up while learning about themselves in a realistic way. Tessa's not perfect and that's okay, which adds to the vibe of the story ultimately. Furthermore, I loved seeing a biracial girl (black/white) navigate her life in Long Beach, CA (a city often overlooked for L.A., Beverly Hills, and other typical cities/suburbs) with characterizations not often explored (e.g. natural hair, a brother with a disability that is approached realistically, not ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

I'm giving this book four stars mostly for how lovingly the author writes about Long Beach, a city I've spent many wonderful days exploring and hanging out in. It's always great to read books set in Southern California that are NOT about posh enclaves like Beverly Hills or the OC (mainly Newport Beach). There are wonderful neighborhoods in LA with great people and beloved local places. Even a shout out to Long Beach Creamery and one of its signature ice cream flavors LB Crack - homemade va
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is the epitome of all the good and potential that comes with being the main character of your own story and god dammit do i feel so happy that tessa johnson got the story that she deserves.

this book is tagged as a romance, you see. and a romance it is. but what does that mean? what’s the first thing that pops up in your head when you think about what a romance looks like? i asked this question to myself as i was halfway through this story, as i was aching so badly seeing tessa so desp
Athena of Velaris
“And that is the greatest risk, presenting something you love and asking others to love it too.”

This was a cute and fluffy rom-com following Tessa, a writer who had lost her spark. I loved watching her write, and as someone who loves writing, I appreciated the nuances the author used to describe the artform. Tessa herself was a pretty well-developed character, dealing with anxiety, drama, and writer's block. Her relationships with her friends and with her brother were well done. That being said,
Layla (Between the Lines)
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
“I've got all the lines for you. As many lines as you could possibly dream of, because you are deserving of lines from here to eternity.

A 16-year-old romance novelist who doesn't feel like the protagonist of her own life? That is the only thing I needed to convince me to read this.

Tessa Johnson, like other reviewers have mentioned, can be accidentally selfish and make mistakes and (unintentionally) neglect her friends, but she is real. Real life is getting swept up in your feelings and being una
Actual Rating: 3.5⭐️

This book made me exceptionally hungry for every kind of dessert ever and I'm not mad about it.
Fernanda Granzotto
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars


I really wanted to like this book, but in the end it just pissed me off and I just finished it because I was listening to the audiobook.
I found the tone of this book very youthful.
Is a very teenage book, which could very well be a movie because it would cut the boring parts and it would be much faster.
What really pissed me off was Tessa, I understand that she suffers from anxiety and I was able to identify with her a lot but the way she thought some things went much further an
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Elise Bryant is the author of HAPPILY EVER AFTERS and the forthcoming ONE TRUE LOVES. She was born and raised in Southern California. For many years, Elise had the joy of working as a special education teacher, and now she spends her days writing swoony love stories and eating dessert. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Long Beach. You can visit her online at ...more

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