I was really excited about this book. The premise of this book was so fun and one I hadn’t read before. Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me. It was hard for me to get into it and continue to read it. I will not be posting my review publicly..
This is another kind of adult book that gave me Eloise at the Plaza vibes (maybe because of the adorable pink cover). I thought this book was the ultimate chick-lit book. Super cute and romantic. I really enjoyed it! I would also consider rereading it again in the future because of the cuteness level. <3
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The whole list was fun, and I enjoyed following Ellie as she completed it. I did find it hard to root for her at times though, since she was pretty judgy and hypocritical at times. I thought her relationship with Mark evolved a little too quickly, too, and the ending of the book felt super rushed and unsatisfying. Overall, a quick and easy read, but nothing special.
I thought this was a really cute book, but I have realized young adult books are not for me anymore. This book had such good reviews, I was so excited to read it, I’m sad that I didn’t love it.
I thought the plot of the book was really good and unique. Ellie is heading back to her hometown for her high school reunion and has 10 tasks to accomplish while there. The task on the list were quite amusing. But I felt like Ellie was way too immature and I couldn’t get past that. If you’re a fan of YA books, I recommend checking this one out! I know others loved it, so be sure to check their thoughts on it too!
This book fully encompassed the feeling I have whenever I return home for a visit. No matter how successful or confident I am, I can still be relegated back to my high school self in as little as a glance from someone I used to know in high school.
Very cleverly written with lovable characters, this is a great read for anyone who is looking for some lighter fare, but isn't afraid to take the story to heart.
A fun, fast-paced book that I couldn't put down. I could definitely relate to the dread of going to Ohio to attend a high school reunion! Poor Ellie has the added pressure of completing challenges at the reunion in order to get a promotion at her job back in Los Angeles. The challenges do not feel like someone Ellie's age would actually agree to, but they did add direction to the plot of the book.
The characters relationships seemed a bit forced but as we find out that who you are in high school does not necessarily define who you are for the rest of your life they become more relatable. So, even if the book does not feel like it is going to work, keep reading there is growth in the end and the characters become easy to care about, There were many laugh out loud moments and though I think, at times, there were some heavy topics covered it ended up being a lighthearted read. The ending was worth the read, it was satisfying and showed Ellie had grown from her experiences.
I have written this honest review voluntarily and am very grateful to Forever Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this amusing book.
Ellie Is Cool Now by Victoria Fulton and Faith McCalren is a book about what it means to go home and confront your past self, and it's a fun take on that trope.
Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for sharing this book with me. All thoughts are my own.
The writing is good but I could not connect with the characters. Not sure if it was just too YA for me, even thought the MC was almost, 30, or too immature.
I loved the idea of Ellie's friend giving her 10 tasks to accomplish to help her get through her high school reunion.
I think I was not the right audience for this one and it would definitely appeal to a young or new adult.
I worry sometimes about a novel feeling too young adult for me, when high school is a reference, so when I was approved for an eArc I let it sit on my to be read shelf, for months, I finally kicked myself to start it and oh my gosh, this book delivered. I loved it. The main character was relatable, her relationships were genuine, and I was so very happy with the ending.
10*stars. I loved this book. It had so much emotion and reality. The HEA meant so much more when these characters achieved it. A must read.
If you’ve ever dreamed of going back to high school to prove those four years don’t define you, then you need to check out, Ellie Is Cool Now.
LA transplant, Ellie Jenkins, broke into the industry writing for a successful teen drama. Having to relive high school was never what she envisioned, especially since she spent her time there counting down until it was over. But when her reunion invitation arrives, her boss proposes she go back to gain insight and inspiration. With a promotion on the line, Ellie reluctantly agrees. Will reuniting with the superlative winners be enough to get her to the next level of her career? Or will she be reminded of all the reasons she couldn’t wait to escape?
I originally picked up this book because I thought it would be reminiscent of the movie, Never Been Kissed. While this book is definitely very different than I expected, it was a super fun read. One I would highly recommend.
The book is written by a duo, Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren. My hat goes off to both Fulton and McClaren for writing such a well-rounded character in Ellie Jenkins. While not always likable, she was super relatable. Ellie is the perfect representation of a cerebral woman trying to navigate life and love.
My take away was twofold. First, life is about living. Getting bogged down in the minutiae of school or work can lead to missed opportunities that sadly can never be revisited. Don’t be afraid to step out and enjoy the things that scare you. Second, people will surprise you. It is easy to pigeonhole someone, especially those you’ve grown up with. But if you allow yourself to stay open, you just might find that they are completely different than you expected.
Special thanks to Netgalley, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), Victoria Fulton, and Faith McClaren for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
This is a really fun concept, but it didn't quite work in execution. The romance was serviceable but nothing special, an the Hollywood part of the story felt very juvenile and unrealistic.
Unfortunately this one didn’t work for me. I think it would be better suited for teenagers and felt very much best for that audience.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Ella is Cool Now felt like a 90s-2000s Drew Berrymore Rom-com. Fun, light and just a nice little literary escape.
This one was pretty good, I liked the concept, especially as someone who isn't a fan of high school reunions. I like the idea of her going back to fix some of the regrets she had and repair relationships. The book was very light and definitely a quick read. The romantic lead gave me the ick a bit and I wasn't a fan of Ellie's lack of maturity at times, but I still enjoyed the book overall.
This was fun but not groundbreaking. I was a little skeptical going in since this book had its start on Wattpad before being traditionally published, and honestly I feel like it met my expectations. I thought the bits about tv writing were fun (who knows how accurate they were), but overall this book felt very young.
Thank you @readforeverpub for sending Ellie Is Cool Now by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren it was a fun read!
Ellie is challenged by her boss to complete a list of tasks during her high school reunion in order to get a promotion. She writes on a high school tv drama but hated her high school experience. I thought this was a fun read but you have to suspend reality for a while but that isn’t always a bad thing. Definitely a lot of fun and some pretty interesting characters so worth the read!
This book is…messy.
I didn’t love it. Ellie is a disaster. If she thinks Roxy is the only one who needs therapy, then she’s dead wrong. She’s been pining after a boy she loved from middle school/high school. Girl, all this time has passed and you are still in love with him? You move to a city with 10 million+ people and nobody is good enough for you? Cmon now. Plus, she shuts everybody out. Shes mean to them. Doesn’t let herself fall in love. Why is that? We need to start asking the real questions. Not to mention she’s sooooooo much better than everybody. She even thinks/wants to save her ex-best friend. Girl, save yourself first.
Yeah, I just couldn’t get behind it. Can’t stand her. She’d make a GREAT case study for my counseling classes though.
This just had so much potential. I wish I loved it.
Thank you Forever & NetGalley for this eARC!
I FLEW through this book! It was a very enjoyable, easy, and slightly cringe worthy read. Ellie was very dislikable and highly annoying and immature, but that wasn't a deterrent for me because the plot was readable. AND the character growth was enough for me. It was very easy to relate to the bad high school years and I just had my first high school reunion this year. YIKES
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC!
This was a quick entertaining read. As someone who isn’t much older than the characters I felt like everyone acted way you feel than they really were, which I guess is a part of the pint with it being set around a hs reunion but idk, something felt off to me. However, I did love the Reunion shenanigans and it was easily bingeable in a day!