As Seen on TV
by Meredith Schorr
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 24 Jun 2022
Emerging journalist Adina Gellar is done with dating in New York City. If she’s learned anything from made-for-TV romance movies, it’s that she’ll find love in a small town—the kind with harvest festivals, delightful but quirky characters, and scores of delectable single dudes. So when a big-city real estate magnate targets tiny Pleasant Hollow for development, Adi knows she’s found the perfect story—one that will earn her a position at a coveted online magazine, so she can finally start adulting for real . . . and maybe even find her dream man in the process.
Only Pleasant Hollow isn’t exactly “pleasant.” There’s no charming bakery, no quaint seasonal festivals, and the residents are more ambivalent than welcoming. The only upside is Finn Adams, who’s more mouthwatering than the homemade cherry pie Adi can’t seem to find—even if he does work for the company she’d hoped to bring down. Suddenly Adi has to wonder if maybe TV got it all wrong after all. But will following her heart mean losing her chance to break into the big time?
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I absolutely adored this book!! What’s not to love about the thought of a small town like Stars Hollow actually existing? I felt like I was right there along Adi’s side as she explored the small town hoping to find a happy festive community and was bummed when she didn’t find it.
I loved her match with Finn and was rooting for them the whole time.
This book made me smile and “awww” throughout; I will definitely be recommending this book to all my girlfriends!
AS SEEN ON TV spins a well-loved trope on its head, resulting in a charming story that will have you viewing your own life through new eyes. Both laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreakingly relatable, this is an absolute must-read!
i really enjoyed getting to read this book early. it was so much fun and such a sweet little romance. it made me feel good and that's something i really enjoy in my books. a lovely escape!
Although romance is not my usual genre, I absolutely loved this story.
Pleasant Hollows may not be the Hallmark movie town that Adi envisioned, but her blooming romance certainly has all the makings of a feel-good, warm and cozy story. I would love to see this on the big screen! Schorr does an excellent job of narrating the story in a way that you can picture every scene, right down to naming possible Hallmark movie actors to play a few of the roles.
As a big-city girl myself, with a penchant for anything set in a small town (including the frequently mentioned Hart of Dixie and Gilmore Girls), I would relate to all of Adi's feelings and cravings for that idyllist setting. She may not find exactly what she is looking for, but what she does find is well worth the journey.
This is a quick and cozy read, perfect for curling up with when your favorite sweet movie isn't on. I love that it takes the traditional Hallmark-script and turns it on its ear. Adina is a bit immature, which is probably my least favorite thing about the plot, as she tries to force this little town to fit into her expectations. I don't always understand her, but it's amusing nonetheless. The story mostly takes place in the small town of Pleasant Hollow, with some important scenes occurring in New York City. That dichotomy between large city and small town - plus the expectations of each - is what brings consistent humor. There is a bit of a moral to the story, and (it's still a Hallmark-style story) the happily ever after....it's just not the journey everyone is accustomed to taking in the movies!
A very cute rom com. Adina is a writer coming to a small town for the most picturesque Hallmark movie moment. But it wasn’t… Cue the handsome enemy. A funny love story with many missteps. I like the book isn’t overly cheesy. The town is not quaint where everyone knows your name 🤣 Adina was very relatable. You felt her fall in love, her hope for the town, her awkwardness. You find yourself rooting for her having her own version of a fairy tale ending.
A small town based on Anti- Hallmark universe and sweet banters with entertaining Gilmore Girls references, a slow burn lighthearted romance that can cure any cruel hearts and brooding souls! Yes, this book won my heart with this simple formula: less cheesy and without cliches, more realistic approach to the small town dynamics and promising conclusion which gives up full of hopes!
“As seen on TV” is definitely one sit read with its riveting and interesting development, colorful and cute characters steal your hearts and entertaining story building to keep you hooked up!
I liked the author’s motive to give us more credible version of small town lives and I certainly giggled each time I recognized a Gilmore Girls reference.
Adi and Finn were adorable love interests to connect with.
I had a huge bucket of popcorn and very delicious crisp white wine during my reading time and finished the satisfying smile with smiling ears to ears. Another great feel-good romance I truly needed!
Special thanks to NetGalley and Forever/ Grand Central Publishing for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.
This delightful, funny rom com was just what I needed on a cold winter day. I love everything about Adina Gellar. She's goal-oriented, driven and hopelessly romantic. The plot is familiar and yet not predictable, the references to Hallmark movies and beloved TV shows keep the story light and fun, and the Jewish representation seals the deal. I truly enjoyed rooting for Adina to get her happy ever after. I will read anything and everything that Meredith Schorr writes.
I loved this cute (and unique) book. As a Hallmark movie fan AND someone who creates content for a living, I really appreciated the storyline and dynamics within this story. This was cute, relatively spicy and engaging.
I really liked the main characters, Adina and Finn. The meet-cute happened a bit earlier than I expected and the relationship unfolded in a backwards way, when compared to most other rom-coms. I appreciated that the author took us on a zig-zag journey instead of directly from point A to point B - it kept my attention really well.
Overall.- recommend to anyone who appreciates a light-hearted rom-com with pop culture references.
Trigger warning: There are some heavier issues that are touched on this story, so anyone sensitive to alcohol/addiction and family dynamic issues might want to think twice.
I absolutely loved this book. I would reread it again! It’s the perfect rom com. The main character I feel in love with instantly and I loved watching her relationship with Finn develop. It’s everything I look for in a book. Easy to follow, characters you feel connected to, and the romance between Finn and Adina felt so natural!
(4/5) This was just the read I needed (and I don't just say this because I share a first name with the author). The premise of the book - a big city journalist coming to a small town expecting it to be straight out of a Hallmark movie only to find that life and love aren't like they are in the movies - drew me in. This book had all the best tropes, and had me goofy grinning like a fool at the end, the sign of a good romance novel. I wish there had been at least a few chapters from Finn's perspective (or a bonus chapter, please Meredith, I beg you).
This is my first time reading something by this author and I really enjoyed it. The story caught my attention from the beginning and held it all the way through. This was a quick and easy read, but left quite an impression. The romance was by no means easy, but still a lot of fun with plenty of laugh out loud moments throughout. The book definitely left me with a smile on my face and a happy feeling afterwards. The characters were interesting and well-developed with realistic qualities that gave them an authentic personality and were easily relatable. The story was delightfully cute with a little bit of steam. If you're looking for a fun, quick and light read, then you definitely will want to pick this one up.
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
This book was definitely a pleasant surprise. I thought it was going one way and it ended up going in a different one altogether. I truly enjoyed how these two characters grew and found their happiness. This is the first time I read this author's work and it won't be my last. I definitely recommend it.
As Seen on TV was a cute "small town" Romance. Adina Geller goes to small town Upstate New York to write an article in hopes of getting the scoop of real life Hallmark movie. But she got a healthy dose of reality as Finn shows her around the small town. Their romance may start in small town but it sure isn't like all the movies Adina loves so much. This romance is more peeking through a cracked door/listening at the door than an open door romance. It was a cute reminder that not everything can be a Hallmark movie, and that close community isn't just for small towns.
First off, thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing), Forever and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this digital ARC of As Seen on TV
The title and cover caught my attention. Think Stars Hollow, As Seen on TV is a charming story that will have you looking at your life through the same lens. So many great LOL moments, likable characters
AS SEEN ON TV spins a well-loved trope on its head, resulting in a charming story that will have you viewing your own life through new eyes. Love the small town feel! Both laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreakingly relatable, this is an absolute must-read!
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