The Impossible Story of Olive in Love / Tonya Alexandra / Harlequin Mira / 2017 / ISBN 9781489220479 / 284 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
Plagued by a gypsy cure that she’ll be invisible to all but her true love, seventeen-year-old Olive is understandably bitter. Her mother is dead; her father was taken off. Her sister, Rose, is insufferably perfect. Her one friend, Felix, is bling and thinks she’s making it all up for attention.
Olive spends her days writing articles for her gossip column and stalking her childhood friend, Jordan, whom she had to abandon when she was ten because Jordan’s parents would no longer tolerate an ‘imaginary friend’. Nobody has seen her – until she meets Tom: poster boy for normal and the absolute opposite of Olive.
But how do you date a boy who doesn’t know you’re invisible? Worse still, what happens when Mr Right feels wrong? Has destiny screwed up? In typical Olive fashion, the course us set for destruction. And because we’re talking Olive here, the ride is funny, passionate and way, way, way dramatic.
My Thoughts –
This book is one of a kind. It truly is. It is new, impressive and unique. There aren’t many books out there that have the same kind of impact like this one had on me when I was reading it. The book is about a girl, Olive, who was born invisible. It’s kind of a weird concept to wrap your head around, but give it a few pages. No one in her family has ever seen her and to make things worse, her mother was invisible and is no longer around. Olive is struggling with her invisibility and can no longer deal with the isolation she is stuck in. But to help her through, she has her feisty annoying sister, her best friend Felix, who happens to be blind and her gossip column which is popular.
The story revolves around Olive and her sister who are trying their best to survive without their parents, one deceased and the other abandoned, simply because of the family curse which has now affected his life too. The story about Olives’ parents meeting and falling in love is pretty darn cute too. Then one night as Olive sneaks into a club, her life changes spectacularly. Cue the romance beginning right here. Olive sees a boy looking at her. This has never happened before and because of that, Olive freaks out and starts running. But low and behold the two-start talking and the star-crossed lovers are thrust into a turbulent and emotion evoking love story for the ages.
You have to trust this story, throw yourself right into it and let the waves of emotions roll right over you. Don’t ask questions, don’t question the story or what is happening, let it be what it is and you will fall in love with all of it, I promise you. I love this story for a few reasons: the fierce character that Olive is, she is smart, witty, sarcastic, and vulnerable too. The story is different and well written and the love interest and story is very realistic. There are only two downsides to this story, one will spoil the whole book for you so I’m not going to tell you what it is and the second is simple, the story isn’t long enough and I hope there is a second book.
If you like raw emotional, diverse, mythically challenging, romantic teenage love stories that fill your heart, then this is the book for you.
I give this book 4.8 out of 5 Booky Stars!
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*I was given this book my Harlequin Teen in exchange of an open and honest book review with my own opinions. That does not shape or form any of my opinions*