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Weddings, Crushes and Other Dramas Paperback – February 6, 2017
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This book is not that. This book and the preceding story about Willa and Finn does not make you want to root for the characters. There is no character development. The plot of this story revolves entirely around their forbidden romance, which has no depth. The story glances over major plot points like the entire wedding and the senior project, so you can't even begin to get a feel for the world these characters are living in. While I don't doubt the Austin, Texas described in these stories is accurate, it has no actual body as a setting. You could literally take this story and plop it into any major metropolitan area and it would have no bearing on the plot. Finally, and my largest issue, the POV changes frequently rip the reader out of the narrative. Finn is written in third POV and Willa is written in first, but both characters monologue so much there's no point in switching points of view. If the entire story had been third person the author may have avoided the frustration the inconsistency caused, but it is unlikely.
Now it's time for the wedding between Matt and Mia to take place which leads to Willa and Finn spending much more time together than ever. While practicing their dance lessons for the wedding and also working together on a senior project at school the two slowly begin a friendship while Willa also sees how her relationship she's been in to avoid Finn is not exactly living up to expectations.
Even though this is the second book featuring Willa and Finn I do believe this one could still be understandable as a standalone if one chooses. You get glimpses at previous characters from the series in each of the books but the story is always one that can be understood without prior knowledge but this is a fun young adult contemporary series all throughout too if wanting to go back and read prior books.
My one disappointment would be that it took so long to work through everything going on in this that you barely get any Willa and Finn together in their story. Of course it was still nice to be reading what is going on with their friends from other stories and working out their dynamic but it also would have been nice to have the story a bit longer too instead of a feeling of a sort of rushed ending.
Overall, still enjoying the creative characters and situations in this young adult contemporary series and look forward to any additions there may be in the future.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative HeArts series, and the second, and final :(, book in the Finn and Willa trilogy by Emily McKay. I have still not read the fourth or fifth book in the series, but I have read books 1-3. I have said it before and I will say it again, I freakin love the way this series is done. Let me try and break it down for you, because it can be kind of confusing. The Creative HeArts series is all set at the same performing arts high school in Texas. There will be somewhere between 8-11 books in the series, and it will center around 4 different couples (at this time anyway). Each of the couples will get their own duology or trilogy, and each trilogy is written by a different author. But the books in the overall Creative HeArts series will rotate through each one of the three couples, so no two sequential books will be about the same two main characters. Get it? I promise it is less confusing once you start reading the books. I really love that they are all set in the same universe and I love that none of their stories are neatly wrapped up at the end of book one. (If you are still confused, check out the goodreads series page HERE which does a good job at explaining it.)
Finn and Willa are my favorite couple in the series so far. I adored How Willa Got Her Groove Back, which was the first book in the Willa and Finn trilogy and I couldn't wait to read Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas. It picks up right where How Willa Got Her Groove Back left off, so you do need to read that one first. (You don't necessarily have to read all the other books in the series, but reading them all helps you get a better idea of the world. I need to go back and read books 4 and 5 ASAP. I has the best of intentions to read them in order, but when I saw the second Willa and Finn book, I got a little over excited and jumped the gum. Whoops.)
Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas was just as cute and angsty as I was hoping it would be. I loved watching Finn and Willa struggle and deny their feelings for one another, and try and play the part of a good family as they helped their parents get read for their wedding. The only things I didn't like about this book were that Willa was still dating that jerk face and Finn had to witness it for the whole story. And I was also a little sad that the romance between my beloved Willa and Finn took so long to actually come into fruition. There was a how lot of resisting the whole story, which don't get me wrong, I loved, but I wanted to see more of the romance because I love these two together. I was totally bummed when I found out this would be their last story. It was originally going to be a trilogy for them, but their story has been neatly wrapped up and while I enjoyed the ending, I want more!
Bottom line: Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is a great book for lovers of young adult contemporaries. And if you have not checked out the Creative HeArts series yet, I think you should. Fans of young adult contemporaries will really dig its unique concept and structure. I have been really loving it, and I hope to see more series like it in the future.
P.S. when I wrote my other reviews for the books in the series, there were only going to be 9 books and three couples, but they added another couple trilogy in the mix, and changed some or all of the trilogies to duologies. So now I am just plain confused on how long the series will be. But the series format remains the same, just with another couple in the rotation.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free from the publisher or author.
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