As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.
Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?
Even clichés sting.
But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.
There’s just one problem.
Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?
And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).
That’s three problems.
Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.
Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.
Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.
Source: NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin Rating: 4/5 stars
As far as birthdays go, Everly would be perfectly content to ignore hers. Every. Single. Year. As an anxiety-riddled introvert, Everly doesn’t like being in the spotlight, and every year, without fail, something awful seems to happen on her birthday that draws her firmly into the spotlight.
This year is no exception.
On the morning of her birthday, Everly catches her D-bag of a boyfriend in bed with his assistant. Though she isn’t overly heartbroken, she is very angry, and that anger comes out to her best friend as they are starting work. Unfortunately, Everly isn’t aware, until it is way too late that her whole story comes tumbling out over the airwaves of the local radio station. Yet again, a disastrous birthday that puts Everly in the spotlight.
Within hours, Everly finds that her story totally resonates with listeners and a scheme to help save the radio station is hatched. Shy, introverted, anxiety-riddled Everly is going to become her own Bachelorette program and over the course of several weeks, she and the station’s listeners will work through a list of eligible bachelors to find Everly her own happily ever after. Everly is completely freaked out by the prospect of multiple dates with multiple men, but she wants to keep her job more, so she agrees to the madness.
Standing on the sidelines is the one man who truly cares for and appreciates Everly. Even with all her issues, Chris sees Everly for who she really is and wants nothing more than to care for her openly and honestly. The trouble is Chris is Everly’s boss and he has never given her the slightest indication he has anything but professional feelings towards her. In the weeks of the dating competition, Chris is by Everly’s side and always available should she have any trouble. Chris becomes a source of support and friendship that eventually, at least for Everly, grows into something far more intense and real. Obviously, neither are going to confess their true feelings until they have too 😊
The Bottom Line: I guess I’m reading books incorrectly again, because I quite liked this book. Never once did I feel sorry for Everly, but compassion and support for her as she struggled through her own issues to try and help others. Everly is a character I couldn’t help but root for and I especially appreciated her best friend and her boss, Chris. Neither enabled Everly but sought to help her overcome and accomplish. In all, I found this to be a rather uplifting book with a load of feels thrown in for good measure.