Julia (The Good Life #1), by Sarah Krisch

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Published 8th August 2013 | 150 pages

A failed actress, twenty-something Julia McCarthy begins writing a fictionalized blog as a form of self-therapy. Based on her carefree summers at her grandparents’ farm, she never expects her little experiment to garner a viral following, but it does. Boy, does it ever.

Now, with thousands of loyal blog followers, and a syndication deal with the Chicago Herald, Julia is approached by GreenTV to adapt her blog into a TV show. The producers see her as a “Rachel Ray on the Prairie-type”. She sees herself as a fraud.

In Julia’s fictional world, she’s successful. She can pay her bills on time. Heck, she even has a fictional gorgeous husband and charming little boy. Ready to realize her dreams, Julia returns to her grandparents’ farm to shoot the TV pilot.

Brad Taylor is definitely not her type: he’s rugged, sensible, and oh-so smug about learning that Julia’s blog is a farce. As the manager of her grandparent’s farm, Brad doesn’t have time to deal with whimsical women who don’t even know how to cook.

Julia can’t allow her attraction to Brad to distract her, not when her dreams are about to come true. But are these truly her dreams, her good life?

Review: 2 stars

Julia is a quick, fun and flirty story about a woman who’s blog becomes famous which leads her on a journey to discovering love. I liked this book, I think it was a nice read but I failed to really connect to it.  The characters and storyline felt underdeveloped, they touched upon all the basics but they failed to go further into the smaller details that make you fall in love. The story was predictable and the characters embodied all the typical characteristics in a romance story but that was all, I wasn’t able to connect to these characters and I didn’t think they seemed all that genuine.

Julia is a the typical single city girl; she lives with her quirky best friend, she struggles to pay the rent, she gets her nails done and likes Jimmy Choos. Brad is the hot country man who just got out of the army and is a bit of a loner. There were parts of Brad’s character that would have been better implied rather than explicitly said, like his relationship with his sister. There are just some things that the reader doesn’t need to be told so blatantly, sometimes we want to figure things out and get to know the characters through their actions. I also would’ve liked a bit more build up in their relationship but I understand it’s difficult to do that in 150 words. My biggest issue though was the switching point of view. I would have preferred if the whole story was told from Julia’s point of view only! I liked Julia’s voice, I think her parts felt a lot more genuine than Brad’s. But her thoughts were constantly disrupted by Brad’s point of view, which didn’t add much to the story. Finally, the ending felt super anti-climactic. It was slow and dragged out and I didn’t love it.

Overall I think this story had potential, but unfortunately it didn’t quite meet it.

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