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ARC Review: Formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes

I was kindly provided with an early copy of this book via e-Arc, thanks to NetGalley. This does not influence my opinions. 

The Goodreads synopsis:

Two practical strangers. One fateful night. Two pink lines.

College senior and obsessive romantic Kayla Cummings’ dreams of a storybook life are spun off course by an unplanned pregnancy after a one-night stand with her secret crush. Devastated, Kayla turns to her roommates and best friends for advice. No matter what she decides, no matter how deeply embarrassed, she has to tell the father.

Ben Strickland’s future is written in stone—as long as he gets a decent score on the Law School Admission Test. Feeling pressure from all sides, Ben struggles to juggle his upcoming finals, another shot at the LSAT, and his needy girlfriend Darcy. When the girl he spent a memorable night with weeks ago shows up at his doorstep pregnant, his already chaotic life spins out of control.

With the clock ticking, decisions to make, and a boatload of people to disappoint, Ben and Kayla embark on a journey neither anticipated—a journey where falling in love might be the biggest surprise of all. But when old hurts and buried secrets pose a greater threat to their future than impending parenthood, will Ben and Kayla go their separate ways or forge a new path to happy ever after?

What I liked about the book: The book created many mixed feelings in me. I was barely able to put it down, mostly because I felt bad for the two characters, who didn’t exactly have the most supportive reactions from their parents and I wanted everything to work out for them. While the book touches on some heavy topics – parental relationships, religion, premarital sex and unplanned pregnancy, it is also full of friendships and cheesy college moments. I found that it builds upon the stereotypes of Americans who are very involved with religion, how they raise their kids and the expectations that they have of them.

What I didn’t like about the book: The relationships between the “kids” and parents were big yikes. Major yikes. Also the ending seems a tiny bit unrealistic – they got “off the hook” pretty easily and managed to get their life together despite the circumstances.

My Rating: 2/5 stars.


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