Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read an e-ARC of Yes & I Love You! I requested this book on Netgalley without really reading the summary- I just saw the cover (and loved it) and saw that it was from Sourcebooks Casablanca, and I’ve liked every book of theirs that I’ve read so far, so I figured why not. In general, it was an OK decision.
Yes & I Love You 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn, the real face behind the media star…or the fear that keeps her isolated. When her boss tells her she needs to add video to her blog or lose her job, she’s forced to rely on an unexpected source to help her face her fears.
When aspiring actor Jasper Deares finds out the shy woman who orders coffee every day is actually Miz Poppy, he realizes he has a golden opportunity to get the media attention his acting career needs. All he has to do is help Hollyn come out of her shell…and through their growing connection, finally find her voice.
I really liked Hollyn and the beginning of the book and the end of the book, but the middle of the book fell a little flat for me. It’s probably because Jasper was just very meh for me and I hated the whole love triangle thing that was added in for what felt like no reason at all. I really like how Hollyn grew as a person throughout the book and she seemed to be able to really do that without Jasper, which I was a big fan of. And Andi! I love Andi and I’m so excited that book two is going to be about her, so I hope we get to see more of Andi and Hollyn’s budding friendship in book 2! I don’t have Tourettes, so I don’t want to say that the representation was done well, but as someone who has known people with Tourettes since high school (my high school orchestra teacher had it and one of my orchestra classmates also had it, so after getting his permission, our teacher would always spend like 5-10 minutes one class near the beginning of the year talking about what Tourettes was and why him and our classmate might sometimes have these tics and that it wasn’t a big deal but if anyone made them into a big deal, they would be in trouble- but that was also a time where we could ask questions about Tourettes in general and do quick research and I always felt like it was a really good way for us to get that out into the open so that the inconsiderate people were warned that they couldn’t make fun of that kid), I know that people are cruel and I really liked the way that Hollyn’s story was told and how her tics were handled and how Cal’s tics were handled too. Another reason I don’t think I liked Jasper/this book that much is that I can’t stand improv. I’ve never liked it and in high school, I did this thing called Odyssey of the Mind where 1/2 of our total score for how we did was based on improv and while I’m pretty good at it, I never thought it was funny or enjoyable and it’s just not my thing (I also don’t like comedy in general that much, so that probably also explains things a little…) I liked all of the Work Around people we met, so even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hollyn and Jasper’s story, I’m really excited to read Andi’s story and hopefully even more set in this world! Yes & I love you came out on March 2nd, so make sure you check it out ASAP!