READ: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Published Oct 2020

416 pages

Read this if you love: fanfic, steamy open door romances, cosplay, chick lit with heavier undertones

I have mixed opinions on this book so bear with me while I try to explain myself. I found the overall plot of the story super intriguing. It’s got that kind of You’ve Got Mail trope where the two leads don’t know that they already know each other, and communicate with each other electronically and in person, not knowing that they are the same people. I love this trope and I’m definitely a sucker for it.

I also loved the fanfiction element and the whole notion of a super fan falling for a huge celeb and vice versa. There’s also a lot of character development as both parts of the ship are dealing with some stuff and finding their confidence while falling for each other. That’s all great. Cheers for the hot hunk genuinely falling for the larger, curvy girl that society doesn’t value like it should.

However. A lot of the book was really consumed by the issues each character is dealing with and they each have to tip toe around each other’s personal triggers and how their parents and society have failed them. Which means the book was heavier than I was necessarily expecting and in my humble opinion it verged on preachy. I don’t know how much to complain about this without sounding like a jerk.

As a human being, I think it’s great that we’re talking about this stuff and learning how to interact with each other better. As a curvy girl myself, it’s awesome to see hunks falling for girls my shape. It doesn’t happen a lot in fiction. But the main character is so messed up by her past, that she self sabotages situations and honestly I think she expects more out of her love interest than is maybe realistic. It’s kind of amazing that they get together because she really doesn’t make it easy for him. Which in real life, is totally understandable and happens and we’re all going through our own thing. But as a girl reading some fluffy romance, it kind of took away from the fluff and lessened my enjoyment because it was stressful AF. Other readers might love all these same things about it though that I didn’t. Awesome, different strokes for different folks, right?

Overall, I still enjoyed it and plan to read Dade’s other books, especially the sequel coming out soonish. But I’m also kind of going in with my guard up that maybe her books won’t be my thing in the long run. Because as a reader, at the end of the day we get to be selfish and stick with the books that are checking our boxes.

Have you read Spoiler Alert or other books by Dade? What did you think? What are your favorite literary tropes? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments section – bonus points if you include a book rec for me to try next!

Aloha Friday: Nothing Says “I Love You” Like Burritos and Candy Apples

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

This weekend my husband is taking me to a new Mexican place in town. I LOVE Mexican food, especially a really good Tex Mex, but in our area those restaurants are not always easy to find, so when a new one opened up nearby, I wanted to go like immediately, but settled for, “Well how about for Valentine’s Day?” and my husband being not an idiot, said, “Sure I’ll take you out for Mexican food on Valentine’s Day.” Because you know I could have asked to go to some five star restaurant or for jewelry or something. Nope, I just want an enchilada that’s not from Taco Bell. Please and thank you.

Afterwards we’re going to to this local Candy Mansion that I’ve never been to which is absolutely absurd because it’s literally like a five minute drive from where we live and I’m pretty sure everyone in the area has been there like half a dozen times in their life, including school field trips, except me and my son (but he’s two so he totally has an excuse unlike me).

So my diet will be ruined by delicious chocolates and tex mex goodness, but I will be one happy loved lady this Valentine’s Day!

So my question(s) for you this week are:

  1. Do you have anything fun planned for Valentine’s Day? Maybe an Anti-V Day for the single ladies reading? Do you purposely ignore the day or enjoy celebrating it?
  2. If you are a Mexican food fan like myself, what is your favorite dish to order at a Mexican restaurant? Dessert?
  3. If you are a fan of candy and chocolate like myself, what is your favorite indulgence of the sweet tooth variety?
  4. How many jumping jacks do you think I’d have to do to burn off all the calories I’ll be consuming tomorrow?