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Georgie, All Along

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Georgie’s famous boss changes her life, no longer needs a personal assistant, and tells Georgie to go do what she wants to do. But what is that? Georgie has no idea. She grabs the lifeline from her best friend and drives across the country to her hometown where she finds a journal of sorts from her teen years and is convinced it will guide her to her hopes and dreams. Enter the older brother of her high school crush, also seemingly struggling with life and the stage is set for an honest, funny, poignant, tale of regaining one’s self and discovering the new.
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3.5-3.75? 

I received this ARC from NetGalley, and here is my honest review:
This was not my most favorite read. To be fair, I am just kind of over the girl-meets-boy-who-has-a-dog-trope. Even minus the dog, I think I am just no longer as interested in contemporary romances!

My bias aside, this was a very cute read, I must admit. It got better as the chapters unfolded and we learned more of our main characters' personalities. I love Levi and Georgie's love story, the focus on family, the healing that unfolds... It is a book that maybe inspires some hope for a meaningful and lasting love, as well as family ties being reformed. Oh, and it is set in Virginia, so it hit home for me on that front!
There was a pretty steamy scene or two in this one. But I appreciated that we really did not spend a lot of time on those intimate moments, because I think that would have taken away from the emotional intimacy that was being built within the pages. So, spicy scale? 2/5 red hot peppers. 

I'd say, if you love a good ol' chic-flic, this is a good pick for you. 

Thank you, NetGalley!
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Georgie is a personal assistant to a Shonda Rhimes-level film maker in Hollywood, but when her boss decides to step back from the crazy, Georgie is lost. She's spent so much time serving others that she doesn't know what she wants in life. She heads back to her childhood home, temporarily vacated by her traveling old hippie-type parents (such a fun and original couple, I loved them!) only to find it's being occupied by the local (handsome) grump while his house is being remodeled. He builds docks on the local waterway, and his grasp of science and ecology is a nice twist. His issue is that he's been the black sheep of his family, but it's a role he was pushed into cruelly and unfairly. The two of them fall in love, inevitably, but the journey is heartwarming. I love Clayborn's writing and this one was perfect, as expected.
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Georgie, All Along was so wonderful. The author's writing style is beautifully lyrical and the main characters' love, frustration, shame, and triumph came right off the page. It was so fun to be in the POV of Georgie, in all her chaos, and I loved seeing Levi transform from grumpy and walled off to embracing her 'expansiveness.' The plot is simple enough (Georgie has a bucket list of sorts) that it allows the character development and relationship progression to take center stage. I also couldn't help noticing that this is a *spicier* book than this author usually releases, much to my delight. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2022 (although it doesn't release until early 2023).
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Format - E ARC (netgalley) 

Rating- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Spice- 🌶 🌶

Series- N/A

Troupes- Opposites attract, forced proximity, grumpy/sunshine, finding oneself. 

CW- Mentions of drug use and firearms 

I think this is only my second book by Calyborn, but somehow I’ve fallen in love with her writing style and her wonderful characters all over again. 

This is not just a romance story, I know I know we say that all the time but, this one really hit home with me. There’s not that layer of trauma that so often is the foundation of a book about people reinventing themselves and learning that their past does not define you. Georgie could easily be your best friend or that person in your life that you can always count on. She’s floundering trying to find a propose once more while also trying to find herself and is that not just the most relatable thing? 

Levi, is a changed man. He was a shit in his youth and now estranged from his siblings and running his own business he’s found a new life and while it's a little lonely it good. That is until Georgie barges into his life and turns everything inside down. In the best way possible. 

These two dummies have an electric  chemistry that keeps you in the story turning pages until suddenly you’re at the end and there’s no more Georgie and Levi to be had. I slammed though this book in 24 hours and didn’t even notice. The slow burn is delicious and the spicy times are hella spicy, but also sweet. 

It’s safe to say I loved this book and will defiantly be reading it again. But first I must read more of Kate’s back log!
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What a fantastic story! I loved the dichotomy between Levi and Georgie’s personalities as well  as the journey they took to reconcile the present with their past regrets. Would definitely recommend!
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Another winner from Kate Clayborn - reading her books feels like sinking into a really great hug. I loved Georgie and Levi and this quiet story about two rootless people finding a home in each other.
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Wow. I had no idea what i was getting myself into when i started this book, but I’m so glad i picked it up. It was a wonderful read! Beautifully written!
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This was a wonderful book. This is the second Kate Clayborn book I have read - I read and adored Love Lettering and so much of what drew me into LL is here in Georgie, All Along: complicated, nuanced and relatable characters, tender explorations of personal insecurities and loneliness, and just lovely emotional writing.

The MC Georgie Mulcahy returns to her small town after years working as an executive assistant in Los Angeles. Georgie has decided to return home to uncover what she thinks has defined her life - a lack of a specific direction or plan. Staying at her parents' house while they are on holiday, she discovers Levi Fanning is a houseguest - a point her slightly scattered hippie parents have forgotten to mention to her. Levi is the older brother of Georgie's high school crush, has a reputation as Trouble, but is now living a quiet life running a dock-building company. Georgie and Levi decide to both stay in the house and Levi helps Georgie on her quest to accomplish what she imagines are unfulfilled teenage milestones from a rediscovered "friendfic" - a diary she made with her best friend in high school. I am very much NOT a person who wants to return to the high school version of myself but I appreciate how well Clayborn uses Georgie's return home and her drive to do the things she thought were important in high school as a guidebook to reexamine her self in the past and in the present.

Georgie is a wonderful character with lots of personality who has accepted other people's opinions of her as fact; but over the course of the book rediscovers her self, her confidence, and the strengths she always had. It is a well written journey for her. Levi is Book Boyfriend material TM - reliable, competent, intense, has a beard, cooks, cleans, has a lovable neurotic dog Hank (who is quite possibly the best fictional dog ever!).  So far so romance hero definition. But Levi is also complicated and not in a stereotypical way, he is vulnerable, emotionally mature, and nuanced. I loved both characters equally and enjoyed their moments on page together, but also the moments apart - thanks to the dual POV.  And their contrasting text styles was *chefs kiss*

This was an emotionally satisfying and lovely romance that I enjoyed so very much.
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What a super sweet love story! I loved every second of it. 

Georgie is all chaos and mess. I don’t think I have related more to a character than I have with Georgie. 

I feel for Levi and the painful childhood that he had and the trauma from his father. I understand his need to be small and not make any ripples. 

I loved all the nicknames that Georgie’s dad gave to her. I thought they were hilarious and wished there was more of them. I loved all the supporting characters and their friendships, especially Hank!
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Georgie, All Along is a heartwarming romance that delves into themes of redemption, toxic family dynamics, what it means to fit/fit in, finding your purpose, returning home, and female friendship. Kate Clayborn is gifted at seeding important ideas into her love stories.

I will say this is not my favorite of her novels, but I still think it is worth the read. Levi is an excellent grumpy love interest and Georgie has tons of personality. 

A charming romance!
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I love a grump hero and a shy heroine! It's such a good combo an I feel like Kate Clayborn does a great job with this in Georgie, All Along. Levi and Georgie are interesting and compelling. At first, I thought this reminded me a Hallmark/Lifetime holiday movie. Mostly it was Georgie being forced to go back to her hometown, but the story was complex and well built with both plot and setting.


Synopsis:
Longtime personal assistant Georgie Mulcahy has made a career out of putting others before herself. When an unexpected upheaval sends her away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, Georgie must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page.  
 
But then Georgie comes across a forgotten artifact—a “friendfic” diary she wrote as a teenager, filled with possibilities she once imagined. To an overwhelmed Georgie, the diary’s simple, small-scale ideas are a lifeline—a guidebook for getting started on a new path.  
 
Georgie’s plans hit a snag when she comes face to face with an unexpected roommate—Levi Fanning, onetime town troublemaker and current town hermit. But this quiet, grouchy man is more than just his reputation, and he offers to help Georgie with her quest. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side—if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back.
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I read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
I can't really say too much about this novel; it's one readers have to experience for themselves. 
It made me cry, it made me smile, and I felt like I was really there, watching Georgie, figure herself out. 
Levi and Georgie are just beautiful together. The additional characters Clayborn added, are wonderful too. They all have so much depth to them. 
It's one of those books where you forget you're reading. 
I'm so thankful I was able to read this on NetGalley.
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I adored this book. An utter and complete delight. 

*KC’s books are always transportive and immersive for me. Even familiar contemporary settings (like NYC where I lived) feel like they’re own magical worlds. Georgie’s hometown in Virginia is both unique and universal, evoking so much of that quintessential quirkiness of small town America. It also captures how places on the water can have their own personalities. 

*Great names! Georgie, short for nothing, is a perfectly unpretentious choice. I won’t spoil Georgie’s middle name, but I laughed out loud because it reminded me of a college friend whose self-described hippie parents almost named her Rainbow. And Levi is such a Levi: rugged, casual, weathered. And Hank! I can’t. 

*Despite taking place in the summer, this book felt like the ideal Thanksgiving read? So many of us go back to our hometowns for this holiday, and I I finished the book in stolen moments while taking, umm, breaks from my extended family. I’m writing this review stretched out on a couch that’s older than I am in my childhood home. 

*A+ female friendships, a KC hallmark. Also loved the exploration of choices and arbitrary metrics of “success” that extends to the secondary characters, specifically Bel’s regret over moving to a big house in the ‘burbs.

*Levi has my whole heart. He reminds me a bit of my #1 book boyfriend West Ravenel, if West were a bit more in touch with his feelings? Had been to therapy? Something about how Levi embraces his routine as a way to escape his past recalled farmer West for me (plus probably some of that competence porn element too. When he fixes the toaster…be still my heart). 

*The families felt really…real. There’s so much in this about how families can fracture, sometimes beyond repair. And also that part of growing up that’s about recognizing that your parents are just people.

Georgie, All Along is a joy. I laughed and cried and highlighted like mad. 💜
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What a fun, light, complicated hot mess of a read!  Georgie returns home to her small town after losing her big city LA job.  She is searching to find herself but what she finds instead is the town bad boy … er, man.  Both, are trying to find themselves and neither is certain that they deserve to.  But what happens, if they help each other find their true selves?  Clayborn is brilliant in the vivid descriptions and settings and is only surpassed by the totality of a brilliant and funny novel.  Thanks to NetGalley for the early read!
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This book I got for my daughter to read and here is her review!

Loved the book! Hooked from the start. It was grumpy guy meets happy girl. Hometown story, dual POV, and super romantic!

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC!
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I was so so excited to get approved of Kate Clayborn's new novel. Her Chance of a Lifetime series is one of my all time favorites. But when I read more about what this one was about I knew I was going to love because I would relate so so much. 

Georgie is an adult who doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. She seems to always put others first and even made a job out of that by being a personal assistant. I enjoyed seeing her relationship with her friends and parents and especially Levi. 

Levi had a lot of his own issues. I wanted to yell at his family. Even his brother and sister though it wasn't really their fault. I liked how obviously this was about Georgie finding herself, but through her process Levi made a lot of progress as well. I think they helped each other. 

For some reason I didn't think this was dual POV and was surprised (happily) that it was! I was so happy to see in Levi's head.
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Such a good book, from start to finish!

Georgie returns to her hometown after losing her job, in order to spend time with her best friend and get her thoughts sorted on what she wants to do with her life moving forward. 

Her first day home, she and her best friend find an old notebook they made with bucket list-type items from middle school, and she decides she wants to do some of them since they never did them back then. 

After a miscommunication with her parents, Georgia ends up sharing a house with Levi. He was several years older than her in school, so she didn’t know him… just knew his reputation for getting into trouble. Their relationship begins to grow as they get to know each other living under the same roof. 

Great characters all around… Georgie, Levi, all the secondary characters and, of course, Hank the dog. Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Watch for Georgie, All Along to come out January 24, 2023.
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I would like to thank Kensington Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book as an ARC. I have never read anything by this author before. I saw the majority of the reviews for this book were very high- most of them 5 stars. I enjoyed this book, the characters and situations were interesting, but I never felt the level of engagement to warrant  that high a review. Georgie, the main character, left her small town in Virginia to be a Personal Assistant for a director in Hollywood. She stayed there for a number of years, and enjoyed her work. When her current boss decides to retire, Georgie comes home to rethink her life. Here is where I am confused from the start. It sounds like Georgie is good at what she does,she makes mention of having plenty of money saved, and has contacts in Hollywood. Yet she arrives at her home town, to house sit for her parents ,and help her best friend( who has also decided to relocate to the old home town) clean her house to prepare for the friends new baby, Georgie also has her clothes packed in trash bags and arrives in town looking more bedraggled than anything. She also is intimidated by an encounter from an old teacher.I would expect that someone who has been working for high powered Hollywood types not to be intimidated by anyone.Georgie and  her best friend Bel spend time sorting through old boxes and belongings. Bel is underwritten to my way of thinking. She and her husband are expecting their first  child and live in Washington DC. Bel's mother dies and Bel and her husband pack up and leave DC , changing jobs and lifestyle. Throughout the book, very little is discussed about this, with the story line focusing on Georgie. I really feel like there was a lot to say about Bel, which was left unsaid. Georgie and Bel find a notebook that they wrote before High School- they call it the "Fic". They made plans for adventures, proms double dates with Jonas brothers. Georgie wanted to date Evan Fanning, a football player.  Georgie finds the notebook and begins to think  about her past dreams. Georgie goes to stay at her parents, who are traveling, and finds they had already agreed to let someone stay there- Levi Fanning, the brother of Evan and the "Bad Boy" of the family. The story starts slowly and really took a long time to work towards the plot. It was interesting , but meandering. The.ending was not as predictable as I had thought originally, and there was a nice epilogue at the end. All in all, a good but not a great book.
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I loved Georgie and Levi! Georgie, afraid of the empty space inside her. Levi, afraid to break out of his containment of life and feelings.  Both of them trying to keep their heads down so their pasts aren't brought up. Small towns never forget. Their meeting starts a process that begins to chip away their fears. I loved Georgie's hippie parents and best friend total opposite Bel. And Levi is not without friends and allies though he thinks otherwise. This is a wonderful and funny book!
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