If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.
When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.
As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make. – See more at:http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/alterations-9781681191928/#sthash.xjMGqehA.dpuf
Wine Pairing: I would recommend a Pink Sparkling Wine to match this book’s ADORABLE cover and all the warm, bubbly feelings you’ll get while reading it.
Book Rating: This book is light, fun, and the perfect weekend read!
Cover Rating: No other way to describe this one besides TOTES ADORBS!
Swoon Worthiness: Swoon times two! You get two adorable Laurenti boys to swoon over.
Drama: Amelia Blanco gets herself into some predictable scrapes along the way. Though you might be able to guess what’s going to happen next, the journey getting there is a downright pleasure.
Retelling: This charming story is a retelling of the movie Sabrina, one of my all time favorite Audrey Hepburn movies. If you haven’t seen it yet, read this book and then watch it. You’ll thank me, and Stephanie Scott, later!
The Big Picture: When Amelia’s abuelita secretly enrolls her in a summer internship program at one of New York City’s top fashion schools, she has to leave the safety of the fantasy life she’s built on her Pinterest boards and start living her dreams for real.
Fitting in with a new crew of young fashionistas proves intimidating, and Amelia embellishes the truth of her humble life back home to fit in, including telling everyone that she is actually dating the boy she’s been crushing on her entire life, Ethan Laurenti.
When Amelia returns home newly confident, and newly made over, Ethan finally begins paying her the kind of attention she’s always wanted. The only problem is so does his twin brother Liam, the quieter, nerdier version of Ethan.
As Amelia begins spending more time with both brothers predictable yet entertaining drama ensues and Amelia has a choice to make, one that exceeds even her wildest of imaginings.
Why You Should Read This Book: Amelia Blanco is the penultimate teenage girl. Reading this story was like taking a tardis back to the sixteen-year-old version of myself and made for the perfect Friday night book date.
Amelia has not one but TWO delightful character ARCs that keep you turning those pages late into the night. It’s so much fun to watch her learn how to believe in herself while figuring out what, and WHO, she really wants.
This book also gets bonus points for including multiple Harry Potter references.
If you like your YA contemporary and charming, this is the book for you. It quite simply delightful to read.
The Nitty Gritty: Published by Bloomsbury Spark. Release Date: 12/06/2016.
*Wine recommendations are, of course, for those of legal drinking age only.*