Title: This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Length: 235 pages
Take a chance and change your life…
College is where Hannah Gregory plans to follow in her dad’s footsteps as a chemistry prodigy–except she bombs her first test. And now her future isn’t so certain. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and the sexy Ben Fisher, the passionate college senior who works there.
Ben is trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn’t even like because she fits into a world he doesn’t want but can’t escape. But then he meets the beautiful and quirky Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.
So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. But freedom comes with a cost, and it isn’t long before their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart…
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“Did you read it?”
Her big doll eyes widen. She bites her bottom lip and nods— And then she starts crying. Well, not like weeping or anything, but her eyes well up and tears catch in her crazy-long lashes. She looks like Bambi standing there, all teary and blinking. I have this insane impulse to run my thumbs under her eyes to wipe the tears away.
“It was…amazing.” She swipes at her cheeks and cradles the book against her chest. “Sorry. I don’t know why I’m crying. I thought I got it all out of my system when I was reading, but I guess not.”
I smile. “So I take it that means you liked it?”
Her breath comes out in a long, wavering sigh. “Liked it? That feels so small for how I felt when I finished. It was beautiful, and horrible, and I loved it, and couldn’t bear to keep reading and…yeah. A book really can be all that stuff at once. You were right.”
I’m grinning at her by the end of her little speech. When she showed up here last week, she’d never read a book for fun. Now she’s having this emotional breakdown about one. I did that. I gave her that experience, and it feels amazing.
I wave my hand at the room around her. “And you’re just getting started.”
She smiles back. “I feel just like Liesel. Actually, I feel awful. She fought for every word she could get her hands on, and here I am surrounded by all this, and I didn’t even care.”
“You’re a college kid from Ohio, not an orphan in Nazi Germany. Don’t be too hard on yourself.”
“Still, it feels entitled. I can’t believe I took all this for granted.” Her conviction kills me, like she’s determined to read as much as she can because Liesel couldn’t. My fellow lit majors can get so caught up in their heads when they talk about books, trying to one-up each other with cleverness or cynicism. Few are this genuine, this un-ironic, this purely enthusiastic. And none of them are this cute. Hell, she’s making me want to read The Book Thief all over again.
“Okay, fine,” I say. “You’re everything that’s wrong with today’s youth because you don’t read.”
“I didn’t read. Now I do. So what should I read next?”
“That’s as big a question as what to read first. Come to the back. This will take some time.”
Amanda has loved romance novels since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.
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