by K. M. Galvin
When Bellamy Strong started writing, it wasn’t with the intention of becoming the next phenomenon. It was…to be blunt she had no friends. School is rough on the anti-social. It’s even harder publishing your books and the world decides it wants a piece of you.
Now her series is ending and her publisher is demanding she show up for her fans. End her reclusive persona. A three month, worldwide book tour dressed as Makyla, the lead character in her book. As for Maxsen, the love interest, her fans pick model Caleb Pace to play the role during a casting contest. No big deal right?
What happens when your fantasy comes to life and turns out better than you imagined?
**Recommended for ages 18 and up**
This book was a lot longer in length than I expected, but it flowed smoothly. The reader is given enough time to really enjoy and appreciate the characters and their growth. I love when you get to see characters actually evolve.
Bellamy is an anxious and lonely girl who grew up to be an anxious and semi lonely woman who writes a best-selling series. It's finally time for her to tour and she, drunkenly, agrees to tour with a model who looks like her book's love interest. When Bellamy first meets Caleb - it's confusion at first sight (because he really looks like what she envisions her leading man to look like), and then hate at second sight. Unfortunately, Caleb seems to be an arrogant and petulant man. Bellamy has to get over it, however, because she's playing the role of Makyla, the lead character of her books. Yay.
Aside from the awesome character development, what I thought was truly the best part of this book was the care taken with Bellamy's anxiety problems. The author did not gloss over Bellamy having an anxiety problem, or didn't make it disappear easily. Bellamy's anxiety evolved just as she did. And how much did I love that Caleb tried to understand and, therefore, helped her with that anxiety? A LOT.
This is a great love story that showcases character growth - major plus for the inclusion and understanding of anxiety in the lead character's part!