This book, however, was mostly true to Edel and James, so I understand in the end why we might not have heard as much as I'd have liked about the others. It's like the only real bad thing about this book was that, sometimes, the plot was a bit absurd - the whole thing with Emma per example - but other than that. And I think that's because there were just that many things to love, and that I got enough pleasant surprises that it made me gloss over the things that usually annoy me. He is so aware of the weird rules of society and I liked that he also had a great relationship with his aunt. The plot, while not inundated with action, was fast-paced and entertaining all the same, and I cannot wait to pick up another Lizzy Charles novel in the future! It Had to be You has all the ingredients that make that feel-good romantic teen story.
If you are an avid contemporary reader I would suggest this from you. All in all, an okay read that I enjoyed! I think the story could and should have been more developed and continued on but what was there is worth a read. All opinions are my own. So, if it's that good, how come it sat around for 55 years before Sinatra sang it? This is a quick, light-hearted read. So cute, so freaking damn cute. Overall Thoughts: Basically, I need more. But Rob Reiner uses the whole Sinatra track - everything from intro to final fade: Billy May's orchestral opening finds Harry Billy Crystal walking along the street, alone on New Year's Eve.
And the I felt like Edelweiss was a little more naïve than she should have been, it kind of reminded me of the movie Mean Girls in a way. Last week as part of my Top 5 Wednesday post, I talked about what kind of Summer time reads I was looking forward to and I spotlighted contemporary novels. Edelweiss shortened to Edel and James are at Brockmore for different reasons and both want to stay there. He causes some havoc and his father wants him to leave the school and go to the military, but he and Edel spin the lie that they are dating. I will wholeheartedly admit that there were a few things in this book that on another book would probably have bothered me more, but I just couldn't help but devour this book and end it with a big smile on my face.
The main characters in this book, Edel and James, were precious and unique. If so, it was made for Sinatra's Dorsey-trombone trick of holding a note and connecting it up to the next phrase in order to tell the story better. They handled themselves a little too maturely for what would be expected from a pair of confused teens. It's a good thing I've got a ton of them on standby for such occasions, I suppose? Edel, who is home schooled, wants to experience high school before she goes off to college. Consequently, Charlie and Anna end up spending the next three days planning their respective weddings together.
Let me start with this, what a stinking cute story. The relationship between James and Edelweiss was pretty refreshing; it progressed from a genuine friendship into romantic feelings. Will they be able to pull this relationship off? Overall, this was a good read and was very well developed with a rich cast of characters and a decent narrative. I also really appreciate that Lizzy writes incredibly likable, relatable, and realistic characters. Or will one of them be sent packing? I'll be honest when I started this book I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with Edel, mostly because all I could think was she was this pretentious rich girl. Is all a stunt really. Anna Penn, a school teacher, is scheduled to register for her wedding with fiancée' David Allen, an advertising executive, who is unable to partake in the weekend.
See, James is biracial and gets his melanin from his mother side. To be fair to homeschoolers, I don't think anyone would know how to navigate that school. I would love to see if there would be more stories to emerge from some of the other cast of characters. Edelweiss Admittedly, I had the song from the Sound of Music stuck in my head during the first few chapters is a home-schooled daughter of a diplomat, what she lacks in typical high school experience, she makes up for with maturity and world-views. The niggles: a Lack of communication. Overall it was a captivating, pleasant little story that managed to stay entertaining all the way through.
They're so cute and adorable together and their relationship is healthy. I didn't even see any depth in her to explain why she was that way, she was just a straight up mean girl. Yeah, there was some of that, but it didn't bother me quite as much for some reason, maybe because I was getting other stuff from the romance, and it didn't last like the whole book? I have had the quaint theory that my father's love of the drum and the love of the beat is part of what made him turn to music and to lyric-writing and writing songs. I think the struggles that Edelweiss could have been a little more creative. The romance between Edel and James was simply adorable.
But what I liked more than the romance was the characters. This was, in fact, true of all the characters; due to this, they all were bright sparks of personality woven into the pages. Not to be left out, Edel was pretty well rounded as well! I have no idea why a hoary old 19th century parlor ballad written two years before Gustav Kahn's family left Koblenz should suddenly pop into the head of a German immigrant 38 years later, but in the gulf between that line's two deployments is the invention of the eternal, enduring American popular song. Honestly, the people on the cover was what really pulled me in and made me want to read it. If it wasn't obvious, I am giving It had to be You 5 out of 5 Stars and a place in my Top Hits.
I got this book at just the right time! You're good just the way you are! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Every book that I have read that has been published by Entangled Teen Crush has been so good and so cute, and this book was no exception! I ended this book with a smile on my face. Claire has planned a weekend in New York registering at Bergdorf Goodman, staying at The Plaza Hotel, etc. Here, both James and Edel know what they want and who they are. We also get to see that there are multiple sides to Edelweiss. She has gained so much life experience and maturity from moving around the world yet the idea of boys, exams, and high school are intimidatingly foreign to her. The only issue I had with their romance was that their miscommunication and misunderstanding frustrated me at times! I enjoyed her unique situation, and how her life growing up shaped her, and how she desired normal teenager experiences.