(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Simon and Schuster on May 6th 2014
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers. Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina... Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?
“If there’s one constant in love, it’s the keeping of little white secrets. And I should know. It’s kind of my job.”
Greek mythology and forbidden romance? Sign me up! I got this series for my birthday (great choice, Mom *wink, wink*) and started it immediately. I’ve read many other books based off the Greek myths and can’t resist when another lands in my hands. It amazes me how different each book is, and Only Everything was nothing like anything I’ve read before.
When I read the basic premise, I didn’t know what to expect. The main character, and what I assumed and discovered would be the main narrator for the entire trilogy, was not the one trying to find love. Eros, who went by True Olympia in the human world, had already found the love of her life and had to fight to get her happily-ever-after back. Being the goddess of love, known to the Romans as Cupid, meant that she helped people find love on a regular basis, but finding her own love was rare, losing it inevitable. Instead of the entire story being told through True’s eyes, it switched perspectives, giving me three sides to the story. True was quirky and unique, and she had no understanding of the human world, meaning that she didn’t fit in at all. There were laugh-out-loud and cringe-worthy moments whenever she was around, and I couldn’t wait to start the next book to see her progression throughout the series.
In order to make it back home, she had to create three couples. Her first project involved Charlie Cox. New kid, always the new kid, who constantly moved town to town because of his father’s job as a football coach. Instead of being the stereotypical jock like his older brothers, he liked to play the drums and marched to a different beat (see what I did there?). Scott did something a little different with the new kid persona, and instead of making him a social pariah, he fit in with the most unlikely groups. He was an infectious character, and I looked forward to the chapters told through his eyes. Charlie had a learning curve, trying to decide who he wanted to be without the help of others telling him what he had to do or who he had to become. Which is why he was the perfect fit for Katrina Ramos.
The loss of someone always leaves its mark on a family, and after the death of her dad, Katrina and her mom didn’t know how to communicate anymore. Katrina already had a boyfriend when the story began, one that had dropped out of high school and wasn’t psychologically healthy to this broken girl. Since she was so shy and reserved, there were many moments when I wanted to shake some sense into her, showing her that she was not alone. Nail-biting and edge-of-the-seat moments, I had to know if she would get all that she deserved in a guy and in life.
I sat down and finished this book in less than a day. I took a trip to Lake Carmody, New Jersey and didn’t want to leave. And what a cliffhanger! I dare you to try and resist getting your hands on the next book because I had to know what happened next.
Whereas there is a contemporary story playing around you, there is also the timeless tales of the Greek myths dispersed throughout the book. If you’re a Grecian buff or lover of a good tale of romance, then this is the book for you. Add the rest of Scott’s books to my list, please!