The Truth About Happily Ever After

The Truth About Happily Ever After

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long–distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart. Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams… Maybe she's ready for something real.
Publisher: New York : Swoon Reads, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1250127971 (hardback)
9781250127976 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: Y COZZO
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm


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With The Truth About Happily Ever After, Cozzo takes a closer look at the distinction between reality and fairytales. Our leading lady, Alyssa Callahan, has been living in her own fairytale: steady boyfriend, supportive friends, and a job at her favourite theme park with the honour of portraying the well-loved princess, Cinderella. But when things take a huge turn, Alyssa soon finds herself thrown out of her fairytale and facing the trials of reality. With help from her friend Miller, Alyssa tackles her new challenges head on, as she works to find herself. At the same time, she comes to appreciate the beauty in her reality – one that was often clouded by dreams for her own fairytale ending.

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was a bit predictable, yes, but it is definitely at the top of the list among many contemporary books I have read. I love that the book tackles things many of us experience – balancing reality and fairytale expectations, as well life disappointments, and being labelled by others. There is greater depth to a person than the single label thrown at them, and real life is not always going to follow closely with fairytales, where outcomes may not be as we expect. However, from Alyssa appreciating her own unwritten fairytale, to her breaking out of a stereotype placed by others, Cozzo emphasizes the beauty in the unexpected. Things don't turn out as great as we want, yet we should not be discouraged; it could simply mean that life has something much better for us down the road."

- Angie


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