About Thanks, Carissa, for Ruining My Life

Thanks, Carissa, for Ruining My Life

The person who ruined their lives just might bring them together…
Brad is ready for a perfect senior year: he has a seat at the popular lunch table, a gig co-hosting the school’s morning announcements, and a gorgeous girlfriend. But when Carissa breaks up with Brad, his carefully constructed life comes crashing down. Convinced everything would be perfect if only Carissa would take him back, Brad creates a “self-improvement plan” and vows to re-win her heart.
Rose wishes she were having a normal senior year like everyone else, but leave it to her twin sister Carissa to butt in and ruin her life. Carissa secretly nominated Rose for the reality TV show Help Me Lose Weight and Live Again-and now Rose is on her way to Texas for three months of calorie-counting, marathon-exercising hell. Rose already felt overshadowed by her “perfect” sister, and collapsing on a treadmill on national TV is not making things any better. Plus, Rose can’t squash feelings for her sister’s boyfriend Brad (even though she knows he would never see her as anything but a friend.)
For fans of friends-to-lovers romance comes a heartwarming novel about self-improvement, identity and acceptance in our image-obsessed culture.

My review

It had been a while since I read a young adult book. This one by Dallas Woodburn was a great one to get me back into the genre. I loved the way she did her characters, the reader could really feel their emotions. And her plot was great!

I love that you see things through two perspectives in this one. Brad is the guy who gets broken up with in the very first chapter. He’s confused as to why. And he decides the best thing to do is to make a list of things to change about himself and change them. But, a funny thing happens as he starts changing things, he realizes that he really is okay how he is. And that maybe he’s not happy with Carissa to begin with.

The other person the reader gets to “know” is Rose. Rose is Carissa’s sister. And Carissa really does something to hurt Rose. She signs her up for a weight loss reality TV show. Some of the parts there were kind of sad to read. It’s sad when we can’t be happy with our bodies the way they are. But Rose learns a lot about her body and herself there.

I loved this book so much! It’s one I didn’t want to put down.

I was sent an e-copy of Thanks, Carissa, for Ruining My Life as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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