TWICE IN A BLUE MOON BY CHRISTINA LAUREN - BOOK REVIEW

Ok, so I'm so torn because I thought I would love this book - I've loved both of the previous Christina Lauren books that I've read - and I loved the first half of this one, but the second half was such a let down, I'm not sure how I feel about the book overall.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.



This book is divided into two parts, present-day and fourteen years ago. Both timelines follow Tate, the secret daughter of Ian Butler, a famous movie star turned deadbeat dad. For her eighteenth birthday Tate and her grandmother, Jude, travel to London. While visiting, they run into Sam and his grandfather, Luther who are also visiting London from America. The pairs hit it off and soon Tate and Sam are meeting under the moonlight in the secluded hotel garden sharing their deepest secrets - the truth about Tate's father and the Sam thinks Luther is dying. Tate thinks its love - that is until Sam and Luther disappear one morning, having checked out of the hotel and leaving a flurry of paparazzi in their wake. Betrayed and heartbroken, Tate wants nothing more than to forget about Sam. Which works, until fourteen years later, when he ends up being the screenwriter on Tate's latest movie.

For the most part, books that deal with past and present timelines jump back and forth, alternating chapters. I've never really loved this style because I find, often times, it isn't done well. I end up wishing I was reading one timeline more than the other. So when I saw this book was two separate halves, one after the other, I was intrigued because I thought it might be the solution to the problem and it is quite unique. However, I ended up loving the past storyline better than the present one and, frankly, found myself bored by the lack of chemistry between the characters later on in the book, particularly compared to the first half. I think this was amplified by the fact that I had loved the first half so much, I was let down later on.

Despite some minor problems I had with the first half of the novel (it was a bit insta-lovey, which, like, is kinda my jam right now, but I could see how it is an issue for some people), I thought it was worlds better than the second half. There was barely any chemistry left after fourteen years (at least that I could see, the characters, *ahem* seemed to feel otherwise) and I just couldn't really get myself to care about the drama and their lives later on.

Overall, I really wanted to love this, and enjoyed the first half, but sadly, the second half kinda tanked it for me.