Publisher: Gallery Books
*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked this story. It was funny and cute in some areas and kind of real and sad in other aspects. I've never been into Broadway musicals, but I do love music and I find that including it and the arts in books make it more interesting for me.
Holland is a girl I could relate to. For the most part, she just couldn't seem to figure out what she really wants and didn't have the confidence to express herself clearly. Her character is very genuine though, and truly cares about her uncles and doing what she can to support them the way they have supported her, which is why I can understand her decision to marry Calvin to help their Broadway project.
Calvin, I honestly took a while to warm up to him, much less trust him, because he never seems to be all the way honest with Holland. And even though she wasn't totally truthful with him either, I feel like his reactions to certain things that happened throughout the story were unjustified and unfair. However, I do like how their feelings blossomed the more they spent time together, and I thought that Calvin's heart was in fact in the right place at the end of the day.
The immigration subject of the story was very real and a route that many people take to seek a better life in the country, or to stay with someone they deeply loved. Regardless, I like that the author wrote around this topic and delivered it in such a realistic and humorous way. This is my first time reading anything by Christina Lauren and I must admit I feel like I've been missing out. The writing was quick and fluid, and there's never a dull moment. Really nice story and I do recommend!