Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This is Now by Maggie Gilbert [Throwback Review]

Pages: 194
Goodreads rating: 3.68 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):

A gritty, urban New Adult Cinderella story where the princess can do her own rescuing — she just needs someone to believe in her.

Sister to car thieves, ex-girlfriend to a drug dealer, high school dropout, no-hoper and loser — Jess is on the sidelines, watching her life become one epic fail. Her dreams of university are fading fast, as the people in her life fight to confine her to their own expectations. 

Then she meets Sebastien, a gifted cellist from a very different walk of life. Sebastien is clean and strong and talented. He likes and respects her, but he too has expectations. Sebastien seems to think she can do anything, and Jess, despite her fears and the secrets she hides, is starting to believe him.

But just as Jess dares to hope, the secrets in her past and the lies in her present catch up with her. All seems lost and she has to make a choice. Between past and future. Between home and hope. Between now and never. And this is now.

My Review:

Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Jess isn't perfect. Her family wasn't rich and her brothers involved in unlawful acts. She feels like her life won't change because of her family status and she'll follow their steps until she met this cellist named Sebastien. He was her prince charming but she's afraid that once he knew her secrets, he might leave her. Eventually, he's not that kind of guy who turns away just because of her life. He fell in love and made her special because he believes in her. He motivates her to achieve what she want to be and accept her imperfections.

There were times that I feel annoyed with Jess. She's too sensitive, dramatic and a bit childish at times. However, her character improved on the latter part of the story. She's more mature and confident about herself. What I really enjoyed the most in this book is Sebastien. He's one swoon-worthy male character. He's sweet and gentleman indeed. Gosh... I love this cellist. They just looked good together, the ending was a bit rushed but I still enjoyed it.

I really like this book because it's a good boy-bad girl love story. If you have read and loved Dare You To by Katie McGarry, you might like this one. I enjoyed the writing style and its characters. The love story however isn't that unique for me. 

I would definitely love to read another Maggie Gilbert book. :)

Review also posted on Goodreads

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