Review: Isn't She Lovely by Lauren Layne

Isn't She Lovely by Lauren Layne
  • Pub. Date: October 28, 2013
  • Publisher: Flirt
  • Pages:240
  • Goodreads/B&N

The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.

“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating them. And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?

First Line: So, it's like this...in movies, there's this thing called the meet-cute.

ReviewI stayed up all night reading Isn't She Lovely and didn't go to bed until I finished it around 3 in the morning, needless to say I was exhausted when I had to wake up three hours later to start my day but guess what this book was worth every minute of it. 

Ethan and Stephanie are polar opposites, it's summer time and both of them are avoiding their crisis of a life by taking a film course at college in which they happen to get partnered up in for a project. Lets just say they dislike each other from the beginning but that was the beauty of this book it was so much fun seeing them getting past all these preconceived notions they had of each other and developing a friendship and more. Also there was the banter between the two which at times had me laughing up a storm they both had great personalities and I just really have nothing negative to say about Ethan or Stephanie.

 I think Lauren Layne did a wonderful job with creating her spin on Pygmalion. You had Ethan who was wealthy beyond measure who only liked to date tall beautiful blond girls  and  then there was Stephanie a dark haired girl who was edgy and had this goth vibe going on and someone who would never fit into Ethan's high society world. Thanks to the class project they decided to do a screen play based off of Pygmalion. Ethan gets the bright idea to put on a real life charade of the play and get inspiration for their screen play based off of that charade. And that's all I'm saying just know it gets good when Stephanie enters his world as the transformed Stephanie and the two of them can't figure out whats real and whats fake anymore.

Overall this was an entertaining read and seeing how this was the first book I ever read from Lauren Layne and it was downright amazing I'm definitely going to be looking out for future books from her.

Memorable Quotes:

~ "It'll be fun! Modern roommates." Yeah. Fun. Like Pap-smear fun. Like paper-cut fun. Like PMS fun. 

~Shit. Of all the possible partners, I get a pit-bull puppy.

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