The Wedding Planner's Daughter: From Willa, With Love (#5)

The Wedding Planner's Daughter: From Willa, With Love (#5)

 
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The Wedding Planner's Daughter: From Willa, With Love (#5)
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Release Date
July 01, 2011
ISBN
0545094054
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It's a surprising, sparkling summer for Willa!

It's August on Cape Cod and Willa has a lot to look forward to. Soon, JFK will return home from baseball camp, and Willa has an idea for an exciting new project that will challenge her to dream big! But life throws Willa some unexpected twists and turns: Ruby has bad news, a beloved friend leaves, a dear friend returns, her brother Will has something he does't want to talk about, and of course, there's a wedding to plan! There's also a cute boy who likes Willa . . . a lot, and Willa thinks she might like him too. It's a summer full of romance and surprises!

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I’ll be honest and say that, even though this is the fifth book in the Wedding Planner’s Daughter series, it’s the first book that I’ve actually read from the series. While I felt it was implied that you should already know some of the characters, there was never a moment where I felt lost so I think it’s safe to say that this could be read as a stand-alone.

To start, Willa seems like a very dynamic and fun character. She has heart and a voracious love for books, which makes her a character that’s easy to relate to. However, what I couldn’t relate to was how immature she read in parts of the books. It seems as though she’s very smart, but she doesn’t always make the best or wisest decisions. The dialogue also felt a bit choppy to me, which is some senses took away from the story.

I also have to say that the story seemed to drag in some places, yet still felt like too short of a read for everything that was going on. Maybe this is a fault on my own because I might be missing something from the first four books, but I think it’s more of just trying to put too many things in one story.

For a middle-grade read, I think this would be a story that would be well enjoyed by many. However, for the older age group, I felt this story may be translated much like a Britney Spears music video - there’s a ton of name dropping and product placement, yet not enough content to feel like a complete story.

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Super cute!

First Impressions: I actually didn’t realize that From Willa, With Love is the 5th installment in Paratore’s Wedding Planner’s Daughter series. Regardless, I had requested it from the publisher for review because I thought the story plot sounded cute.

First 50 Pages: Even though I had not read the previous 4 books in the series, I didn’t have a hard time following the storyline. Of course, I was expected to know some of the characters, but I don’t think that had any huge effect on me.

Willa: The book revolves around her. This character is adorable and lovable, dynamic and completely relatable. She is a really sweet girl who has this tremendous passion for reading and a great love for books. She also has an interest in planning weddings and being involved in her community. What I loved the most about Willa is that I think she will inspire young adults to read. Any book that can inspire a love for reading is a must-have in my opinion. She is a true role model I wouldn’t mind having my children look up to.

Plot: There seems like there is a lot going on in this book, maybe a bit too much for such a short book. There are so many side-plots happening, that I think the author could have spent more time developing each one. This isn’t a bad thing, for what I am saying is, is that I would have enjoyed a longer book. It just felt a bit rushed to me. There is this love triangle that is introduced, but I won’t give away which boy Willa chooses in the end! Both boys are likable, but I liked Willa’s choice. This book is very PG rated. There is romance, but no heavy stuff. Nothing that would make a parent concerned for their younger child to read. It is all very innocent.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, even though I am much, much older than the intended audience. It was sweet, a fast and easy read, and I think it can inspire children to read. Young girls could always use another great role model in their lives, and I think Willa makes an exceptional one.

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