Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

May Contain Spoilers


Poor Willa.  She gets the most unpleasant shock of her life when her father returns from a movie shoot with a fiancée.  And not just any fiancée. No!  He has to get engaged to one of the most famous actresses on the planet!  Add in Finn, her obnoxious but cuter than heck and soon to be stepbrother, and Willa’s future is so bright that she has to wear shades.  So why is she so unhappy?

Parts of this book really resonated with me.  Willa’s mother died, leaving both her and her father to deal with their grief.  Only her father’s grief was all consuming, and Willa found herself taking care of him, trying to engage him in life again.  Those were terrible, dark days for her, and she fears that her father will be left in a black abyss when  Mia leaves him.  Willa has no doubts that their marriage won’t last, because Mia bounces in and out of  highly publicized relationships.  She’s terrified that this ill-advised relationship will go south very quickly, and she’s afraid that she will have to once again pick up the shattered pieces of her father’s heart.  He hasn’t known Mia very long, and Willa is distrustful of their whirlwind engagement.

Mia’s son, Finn, is tired of cleaning up the messes after his mother’s latest relationship crashes and burns.  Mia is left in pieces, shattered and broken, and Finn has to carefully put her back together again.  He’s on Willa’s side, until his mother makes him a deal that he can’t refuse, if he’ll only convince Willa that everything will be great with her new family.  I had a really hard time liking Finn, because even though he’s not in favor of his mother getting married again, he’s willing to put his doubts behind him – for a price.

I really enjoy Emily McKay’s writing style.  Willa’s whining about her new living arrangements did get on my nerves, because, hey, who doesn’t want a new car for their birthday or a beautiful bedroom in a fancy house?  Willa, apparently. She was also incredibly selfish when she assumed that Mia didn’t have any real, significant feelings for her father.  The major bummer about this book, though, was discovering that it’s not a stand alone, and that Willa and Finn’s adventures are not complete in one volume.  There was no mention of this until the very end of the book, which was like getting kicked in the head.

Grade:  B / B+

Review copy provided by publisher

When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.

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