Publisher: Long Shot Publishing
Published On: October 4th, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Romance
When New Jersey-based sports radio producer Carla D’Agostino receives a save-the-date for her ten-year high school reunion, she’s thrown into a tailspin. She’s miserably single, living at home with her old-school Italian-American family, and miles away from her dream job as a sports talk radio host.
She voices her discontent to her closest friends, the stunning Andrea, cheerful Katie, and playboy Dante, and they encourage Carla to stand up and fight for the life she wants.
Inspired by their words, Carla sets her plans in motion. She enlists the help of a personal trainer, tapes a sports commentary demo with Dante for her unconventional WSPS boss Dan, and gets back into the dating game for the first time since her heart was broken by her first love.
But the universe has different ideas for Carla than she has for herself, and she suffers setback after setback: Dan gives the afternoon host position to a Los Angeles import, and, worse yet, offers Dante a gig, which he accepts, much to Carla’s hurt and dismay.
More determined than ever, Carla continues to throw herself at life with gusto, and a series of surprises, both good and bad, lead her straight into the arms of a love that never really left.
Thanks a ton to the publisher who so kindly sent me an ARC of this book.
This book..this story.. oh my god.
The story starts with Carla having a nightmare which actually is her life in reality. Not having the perfect body, a job of her caliber, living with her parents..and basically everything else that can make you feel like a failure is what Carla is going through.
And then a high school reunion invitation makes her review her life and makes her push herself to achieve and be all she wanted to be.
This book I literally finished in a few hours because it was in the beginning so messed up that I guiltily laughed..key word: guilty.
I think everyone can relate to Carla at some point or another and that’s what makes this book so much fun to read. The additional characters were wacky and perfect in their own way and complemented the story really well. Her friends were just amazing and o supportive.They even showed her where she really stood and sometimes were direct about it which is what happens in real life. There is a limit to which they will take your whiny attitude and then will tell you to pull up your socks and work for whatever is making you go crazy. I really liked that. #SeriousSquadGoals
Carla slowly tries to sort out her life dealing at the same time with a bitchy coworker, overbearing mother and her own insecurities which she so courageously tries to overcome.
The story has a feel-good factor in it and is light hearted which was perfect for me to read at this particular time when I just got over with my exams.
The romantic angle is done so beautifully and at one point I was unconsciously expecting it but the subtlety of the whole plot was so sweet. I loved the characters..at least some, I loved the storyline and I most definitely loved the love story.
There’s a line towards the end “… I would have been pissed at all I would have missed out on. Myself.” I connected so well to this because it was so inspiring. One does not need to have a so-called perfect life with a husband, a big house, and 2.5 kids to be happy. You need to find your aim in life to realize what makes you happy and in the end that will make you successful. The self-discovery, however, difficult that might be is so worth it in the end.
This is one of my favorite books in 2016 and definitely a #bookrecommendation.