{Book Review} How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

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{Book Review} How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKayHow Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay
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Published by Macmillan on February 22nd 2016
Genres: General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 258
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk. Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy. Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.

Fame—what is it? Do you want it? How much does it cost? The synopsis of this book drew me in. I haven’t read the first book in the series—*cringes at negligence*—but I didn’t care (Who are you and what have you done with me?). Anyway, I just finished reading another book where the main character fell in love with her stepbrother, and suffice to say, I wanted to know how different this subject could be. So, I started it immediately after I finished the book I was currently reading when it arrived safe and sound on my Kindle, thus starting the third book of the year with this kind of romance.

Willa Schofer had a contagious personality. She was funny and witty and knew how to stand her own. The relationship she had with her father intrigued me, since he didn’t spend a lot of time at home. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Willa’s broken relationship with her father, albeit at the beginning of the novel it didn’t appear to be the case. If you’re looking for a book that’s media res without actually being an action book, this one is for you. Willa’s life was thrown in every direction from the first page so fast that she didn’t know how to catch it. There are moments when she got on my nerves, when I agreed with everything that Finn said to her, but I still liked her—I could still relate to her. Change, acceptance, and loss are integral to this story. I loved seeing how each piece of the puzzle fit together and made Willa a new person—though I didn’t agree with her choices.

Finn—ah, Finn. I want one. I’ve never been one that found motorcycles a must, but, seriously, Katie McGarry and now Emily McKay are making me rethink that. Finn tells his parts of the story in third person, but I still found it easy to connect with him. I liked his voice being different than Willa’s in that aspect, because I could easily switch into who was talking and place myself in their shoes.

The ending…What? Why did you do that to me, Emily McKay? That can’t be all! Please, please, please tell me there will be more! I got connected to these characters, I got invested in their plights and all of their issues, I wanted more, and when I turned the last page I didn’t believe that it was over, because—well, it can’t be. Nope, I’m not accepting “Yes, it’s over, Moriah” as answer. Find me when you have something else to tell me. Anyway, I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I will be going back and reading the first book in the series.

When a series is written with multiple authors, I always approach it with slight trepidation. I am willing to give every book in this series a chance, not only because I am a fan of Tera Lynn Childs—I really need to read the first book—but because Emily McKay has convinced me that I need to with Willa’s story.

I want to go to Austin, engross myself in the city, and wish for love along the way—being the hopeless romantic that I am. While I do not have a ticket to Texas anywhere in sight, and I am Valentine-less in the month of February, I got to pretend for a few chapters!

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About Emily McKay


Emily McKay loves to read, shop, and geek out about movies. When she’s not writing, she reads on-line gossip and bakes luscious deserts. She pretends that her weekly yoga practice balances out both of those things. She lives in central Texas with her family and her crazy pets. Though she’s never been much of a joiner, she somehow still managed to join multiple group blogs. (A pathological need to be part of any group of that wants her? Best not to analyze this too deeply). You can visit her at the Jaunty Quills, Harlequin Desire Authors, or Peanut Butter on the Keyboard. She also co-writes young adult rom-coms as Ivy Adams.

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