Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Format read: ARC via publisher
Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she's ready for something real.
Karole Cozzo introduces us to Alyssa, a peppy, cheerful sorority girl who loves working as a Cinderella at her favorite theme park. She's convinced she's on the path to happily ever after, until her boyfriend dumps her for someone else. Alyssa is challenged to reexamine everything as a result...
The Truth About Happily Ever After is a thoughtful, engaging look at what it means to examine your inner values, after surprising life changes take place. Though Alyssa never expected to be dumped by her boyfriend, she also manages to handle it in relative stride, despite some initial setbacks. She doesn't try and change herself to get her boyfriend back, but instead, chooses to focus in believing in herself and reinforcing what makes her happy and strong.
Though a subplot involving a cute boy helping Alyssa make those changes feels a tiny bit generic at times, Cozzo does a great overall point of reinforcing the idea that it's friends and a strong support network that help us through tough times, even when we don't necessarily think we need or want their help. Cozzo also does a credible job in reinforcing the book's setting, by reinforcing some fairytale-esque reminders on the importance of not holding grudge, especially when things work out for the best.
(And if it comes along with that cute boy? So be it.)
Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author:
Karole Cozzo, author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud and How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, is a school psychologist by day, a wife and mother of two by night, and a writer of YA romance in the wee hours of the morning. She loves camping out at Starbucks, breakfast cereal at all hours, and watching every movie made from her favorite YA books. kacozzo.com