The Proposal Book Review

Book: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Release date: October 30, 2018
 Pages: 327
Publisher: Berkley Books
Source: Library Booksale

Goodreads Summary:

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…

 My Thoughts: I didn’t want to hype myself too much going in to this book. I had heard mixed things about it from Booktube and other sources, but I did find it at the library for 25 cents so I decided to pick it up. I initially enjoyed the concept of this book, but the whole plot of how the main character rejected her boyfriend’s proposal was such a minimalist part of the book. I wish there would have been more to it than just the first few chapters. That leads me to saying that I think that this book dragged on a bit too long. I wasn’t very engaged with the characters as much as I wanted to be and a lot of the scenes I felt like could have been snipped out. It got very redundant. Some things I enjoyed about this book were the witty conversations between Nik and Carlos as well as Nik and her friends. Those seemed quite authentic and I enjoyed reading those parts. I also enjoyed the underlying theme of woman empowerment and overcoming difficult relationships. The whole idea of independence and growth was big and should have been emphasized a bit more. Overall, this was a mediocre read. I’m unsure if I would ever read it again so I might end up getting rid of it. I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars.
Writing: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Ending: 6/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall: 34/50
Cover: 7/10

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