If Only . . . she wasn’t pretending to be someone else! The If Only romance line continues in this fun rags-to-riches romance.
Holly Mathews’ mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in. But having super-rich retirees as her only neighbors isn’t a total bust, because the gorgeous, notorious Malik Buchannan is the grandson of a resident. Just one problem: when they meet, Malik assumes Holly is there to visit her own rich relative. She doesn’t correct him, and it probably doesn’t matter, because their flirtation could never turn into more than a superficial fling . . . right? But the longer she lives in his privileged world, the deeper Holly falls for Malik, and the harder it is to tell the truth . . . because coming clean might mean losing him.
For anyone who has dreamed of their own Cinderella story, this romance shows that when it comes to true love, the best person to be is yourself!
This book is certainly a light and fluffy romantic story that you can easily engulf in one sitting. It’s your typical clean teen romance novel since the characters – especially the protagonist Holly – seem a bit immature for a bunch of 18-19 yr olds. They blow up the tiniest things and overthink every small complication. Despite this, this book is easily amusing and entertaining.
Even though Holly has graduated high school, she acts a lot like a pre-teen. One might argue that if I was her and going through a first love, I would be acting the same. Well, I beg to differ. Firstly the situation she was in – Malik thinking she was someone else – could’ve been solved as soon as that old woman (Henrietta) was gone. It wasn’t a big deal. Holly was a very insecure character. Despite all the nice words, Malik was saying about being attracted to her because she seemed down to earth and simply not obnoxious, Holly doesn’t take the HUGE fact that he likes her because of her. It had nothing to do with wealth. In fact, he liked her because she seemed untainted by wealth.
WHY DOES THIS NOT OCCUR TO HER?!
One thing that was understandable about Holly though were her insecurities about her best friend, Alex and her relationship with Rena. It was relatable the way Holly was scared that Alex was replacing her with Rena but then again, I also had my suspicions that there was something more to it. AND I WAS RIGHT!!! I’m trying not give the details away so not to spoil anything.
The plot has a very simple boy like girl, girl like boys story line with that main complication – that Malik doesn’t know who Holly actually is. It’s a super short read with very simple pacing. There’s a satisfactory happy ending so you’ll be finishing the book feeling joyful that everything is solved, including the friendship problem.
This book is a three stars mainly because of Holly’s immaturity and the very simple complication that could’ve been easily solved. But this book is definitely enjoyable and would be perfect for anyone who needs something light.