One of the most different Kasie West books I’ve read in the sense that it has more depth in terms of plot and themes. I appreciate how it gave a refreshing twist to the best friend-to-lovers trope. It’s supposedly predictable but at the same time, it’s not. How the story managed to achieve that is impressive.
One of my favorite things about the novel is the main character herself. I adore her strength. In the story, she was rejected several times in different ways by different people and yet she doesn’t back out. Sure her feelings get hurt, she wallows in self pity as well but she knows when it’s time to move on and get back on her feet. She analyzes what she needs or what is lacking in her and her artwork to make herself and her art better and therefore the heart list- a list of things she wants to accomplish to give her art more depth. Her sarcasm is also topnotch while her relationship with her family and her friends is admirable.
I particularly loved the theme on dysfunctional family and how it was playfully and lightly approached. Abby’s family even though is the exact definition of “not normal” is kind of a more accurate and realistic representation of families nowadays. Normal today is completely overrated especially when it comes to family relationships. Their love for each other and their quick wit and humor usually save each day and as usual, the addictive writing had me finishing the book in one day.