Overall: 4.8/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Twice In A Blue Moon is cute, heartfelt, and completely captivating. This book will suck you in and never let you go.
“What would you do if you got a second chance with your first love?”
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// Content Warning: Death (Mention), Racism (Mention) //
Release Date: 10/22/2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Page Count: 368
Twice In A Blue Moon follows Tate Jones who is the daughter of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but keeps that little fact a closely guarded secret. When she travels to London for vacation, she meets Sam, and falls in love. However, she quickly realizes she put her trust in the wrong man. Fourteen years later, Tate is an up-and-coming actress, excited to be on the set of her first big break. However, that excitement dies pretty quickly when she discovers who wrote the movie.
“I want every wish he ever makes to be for this. A penny in a fountain. The first star. An eyelash. Eleven eleven. Just for one more time.”
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Writing & Setting
Christina Lauren’s writing style is truly perfect for the genre. It’s easy to jump into, witty, fun, yet able to deliver heartache when necessary. The one unique aspect of this book in comparison to their others was the setting. The book is split between London (2005) and a movie set (present day), and they executed both settings perfectly.
Like I said, this book is split into past and present. First telling what had happened before, then showing where the characters are now. Because of that, it almost feels like two different books. A story of first love and betrayal, and a story of forgiveness and second chances. And I loved both of them. I thought I wouldn’t really care about the past storyline, because I knew what was going to happen, but Christina Lauren still managed to get me invested and excited about that plotline. When the inevitable end came, it hurt as if I had no idea it would happen. The present timeline was equally interesting, although that partially due to it revolving so much around movie making and acting. I’m absolute trash for this in books, so I was loving every page.
Tate was really interesting, and a unique protagonist. I especially loved comparing present day Tate to past Tate, because there was a lot of character growth and development we didn’t get to witness, and were only shown the results of. It made her character really interesting. Sam was also really interesting, but he definitely didn’t have the growth that Tate had. That said, he was a lot more nuanced than a lot of love interests in books, and I really appreciated the depth he was given. I didn’t think I would be able to forgive what he did in the “past” section of the book, but he was written so well that I forgave him really quickly.
“’Can you believe me, though’ he asks quietly. ‘That the worst thing I ever did was for the best reason I ever had?’”
Pros- Christina Lauren’s writing, interesting setting (movie set), nuanced characters
Cons- This is definitely different from Christina Lauren’s typical books
Overall- 4.8/5 stars.
Twice In A Blue Moon is a fun, quick romance that you will easily devour.
If You Liked Twice In A Blue Moon, I’d Recommend:
- Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – [ Review ]
- Well Met by Jen DeLuca – [ Review ]
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – [ Review ]
Are you excited for Twice in a Blue Moon? What’s your favorite book dealing with acting/movies/hollywood?