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It Had to Be You Paperback – April 19, 2017
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"An excellent book that young adults will love. It has everything a young adult romance should. I enjoyed it a lot." -Kimberly Switzer, Librarian at County of Lennox and Addington
"This is your typical love story, but it was written so uniquely and so many twists that had me wondering if they were really going to be together in the end. I loved the writing style, the duo POVs of the two main characters, and the change you see in the end from each character." -Milli, Miracle Milli Reads
"It Had To Be You is a sweet escape! Lizzy Charles captivated me from the beginning, and I couldn't put my Kindle down." -Sarah, Goodreads Reviewer
"Because it was an ebook, I was unsure if I would be able to sit down and actually read it. I started it while doing dishes. Needless to say, I was up all night reading it. I couldn't put it down. I was so engrossed in the romance." -Amanda Stelter, Goodreads Reviewer
"Lizzy Charles has created a sweet cliché romance by showing the beauty in interracial relationships. It's one of those 'junk food' books you read for a guilty pleasure, not because you're trying to have some kind of an epiphany." -Tara Sheehan, Artistic Bent
"This book was exactly what I needed. Private high school, rich girls, rich boys and a new girl who has been homeschooled all her life." -Kim, Goodreads Reviewer
"I loved the different characters, the wonderful friends, the loving families and I really loved James and Edelweiss together. The story is entertaining, captivating and well written." -Irina Wolpers, Always Time for a Nice Cup of Tea and a Good Book!
"Extraordinarily good YA romance. Interracial and very sweet." -Tami, Queen Editing
"It Had To Be You is another cute romance put out by Entangled Teen. I loved Edel. She was naive, but really strong."-Kristi Housman, Goodreads Reviewer
"Cute quick read." -C. Bond, Goodreads Reviewer
"This book has the typical popular guy, the mean girl and mystery best friends. It's sweet, it's funny, and it's about personal growth." -D.M. Duncan, Goodreads Reviewer
"It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles is a young adult, fake boyfriend/girlfriend high school romance that is sweet with a little bit of drama. James and Edelweiss both need each other to survive a year at the Academy but got so much more than they were expecting." -Natalie Miller, Books & Boys Book Blog
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Another thing I liked was the challenge that the author undertook to combine unlikely ingredients and characters into a believable and compelling romantic adventure. It was a smooth mix and it gripped me from the start.
Hoping for more and speculating on what the future holds for James and Edelweiss, I hope you write a sequel because although I loved the ending, I'm sensing a pinch to know more!
Lizzy Charles, I have given you a 5 because I had such a good time reading "It Had To Be You!" Thanks for writing it!
I will wholeheartedly admit that there were a few things in this book that on another book would probably have bothered me more, but I just couldn’t help but devour this book and end it with a big smile on my face. And I think that’s because there were just that many things to love, and that I got enough pleasant surprises that it made me gloss over the things that usually annoy me.
So let’s get the lamesauce stuff out of the way. The niggles:
a) Lack of communication. Yeah, there was some of that, but it didn’t bother me quite as much for some reason, maybe because I was getting other stuff from the romance, and it didn’t last like the whole book? But it did bother me a little…it’s frustrating when assumptions are made on both sides and that’s what prevents the couple from getting together.
b) Over the top evil/witchy with a b girl. Emma was seriously over the top. I’m not a fan of that. I didn’t even see any depth in her to explain why she was that way, she was just a straight up mean girl. I guess those girls exist in real life, but I’m kind of tired of that.
c) The situation with Emma became a bit implausible, and I’m not sure I enjoyed how that all played out and was handled.
d) A few little things were dropped or not followed up with how I expected. Like we’d suddenly be a week later, and I kind of wanted to know how things developed in between time (like after the hair, or even right after they agree to fake date).
e) Some of the twists felt a bit convenient, especially since we’d find them out at convenient times as the story went on (Julie, some of the Ainsley stuff including the Foster Mom).
OK! That’s done! I know that seems like a lot, but please remember they were little niggles that only slightly detracted from the awesome. So what was the awesome? Great characters that surprised me at different turns! I enjoyed the fact that James wasn’t a horrible bad boy, but more of a guy who made some poor choices, or got pulled into the “need to impress” that many teenagers feel in high school. He was seriously so much deeper than I had been anticipating. I LOVED that we got to see how his family life affected him (having a military father, no mother), how his race affected him, how being biracial with a white father affected him. I appreciated those little touches and that they weren’t glossed over. I loved that we got to see real emotion in him, particularly wrt his father. I loved that he made some monumental mistakes, which I know sounds weird, but I loved that he owned up to them and tried to make amends. I loved that he really was genuinely trying to change. I LOVED that he was a literature nerd, I would have enjoyed even more from that. Basically he really impressed me with how much we got from him in just a short novel.
Then there’s Edel. Not to be left out, Edel was pretty well rounded as well! I enjoyed her unique situation, and how her life growing up shaped her, and how she desired normal teenager experiences. I loved that she was pretty naive, it really fit with what I expected from her. But she was also brave and strong at times too, and I thought she grew as the book went on. She had typical teenage girl feelings, and they still existed right to the end. I loved that we got to see bits of her relationship with her parents. And she also made mistakes, one big one in particular. I did enjoy how she stepped up and did the right thing eventually, and didn’t shy away from it.
And the two of them together were super adorable. I LOVED the tummy tingles I got just from the hand holding. And I loved the way they stuck up for one another, particularly how Edel championed James.
I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, though I wouldn’t have minded a bit more. But I wonder if we didn’t get more because this is going to be a series and we’ll eventually get their own stories? I sincerely hope so.
So yeah. May have had a few pitfalls, but the good just made me so happy that it was a success!!
Her parents’ good friend’s son also attends Brockmore. James is a prankster, and although his pranks are seemingly harmless, his military father has threatened to pull him out of school if he can’t take it seriously. Brockmore means everything to James, and he really wants to finish out his senior year there before going to WestPoint. However, the call of the pranks is too hard to resist, and on the first day of school, he pulls a prank that infuriates his father to the point of wanting to pull him out. Luckily, he has already run into Edel and helped her to get out of a sticky situation- to which she proposed fake dating to help both of them. By telling his father that he is dating Edel, his father decides to let him stay, even though he is on thin ice.
Predictable but cute, their fake relationship takes some turns they weren’t expecting. A lack of communication plays prominently in the frequent misunderstandings. I loved the first half of the book, and the slow build-up of a relationship/attraction- they were both easy characters to love, and I had a hard time not reading this book in one sitting. However, the last half of the book took a completely unexpected and odd turn into something different. I don’t want to include spoilers, so I won’t say what happens, but it seemed really over the top, and not necessary to the main plot (e.g. their relationship). I wish it hadn’t been included, as it really detracted from the overall sweetness of their relationship and felt like it came out of left field. I also didn’t like how the super-brave and confident Edel suddenly became someone who wouldn’t go with her friends to a dance because she didn’t have a date- it didn’t seem to fit the personality I knew and loved from the first half of the book.
I loved the first half of the book but wish the second half had been more of the first. That being said, I devoured this book in less than a day and really enjoyed the school/premise and couple overall. I'd give it about 3.5 stars for the things I loved and those I didn't like as much. I am excited to see that this will be a series, and I look forward to reading about some of the other interesting students at Brockmore! Overall, it was a really sweet and heartfelt book- perfect for a summer read!
Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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