Book Review: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone comes an adorable and fresh romantic comedy about one trouble-making dog who brings together two perfect strangers.

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.

Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

Review:

I really want to thank Estelle from Grand Central for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book. I would not have been able to read this amazing book otherwise. So, THANK YOU ESTELLE!!

Where do I even start with this review? I am still in a book coma after this book. I finished it about a week ago and just thought about all the things it made me feel. I cried a lot while reading the end. It felt like I had come full circle with Sloan. It felt like we went through something raw and beautiful. I felt connected to the story in a way that I did with The Friend Zone. There is a magic to Jimenez’s writing that sucks you and and doesn’t let you go until the very end.

Grief is such a heavy topic, especially now with everything going on in the world. We have all probably lost someone close to us and we have all dealt with it differently. The way Sloan dealt with her grief was painful and yet relatable for me. I’ve lost both my brother and mother to depression and suicide. Although, it’s not like how Sloan lost her fiance, it is a tragic loss. There are so many feelings and thoughts that rush through your mind. You want to lock yourself away and you want to just live in that sorrow and sadness. Sloan shut down and I felt myself wanting to cry with her.

I loved the organic way that Jason and Sloan simply talked to one another. They established a relationship by just getting to know one another and at times letting music take them where they needed to go. I loved that each chapter had a song and I could just listen to it as I read. There was a tone set for each chapter and I loved it more than you could know. I rooted for them. I wanted them to succeed. They both deserved a happy ending. No it wasn’t instant and it was at times messy. There were misunderstandings and disagreements, but isn’t that real?

I really loved this book. I think I will be thinking about this book all year and recommending it to everyone. This is a must read.

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