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Young Adult Fiction 1312
Cute Romance
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
No! This book can't end on a cliffhanger!

But it did. And I'm upset. Denied, the ending smirks. Denied. Denied. Denied. It's such a misfortune that they don't get together, and I'm sure that you all can figure out what's going on.

Let's dig in. As we all can see, the story is very focused on the romance aspect of the story, but it thankfully also focuses on family relationships and friendships and crushes and classmate-ships. (Off-topic questions: Is "classmate-ships" a word? Can I make it one?) We get to look into the inverted relationship between Finn and his mother (where Finn is more parent-like than a child) and the played-straight relationship between Willa and her father. Willa also has her friends, and she has her own life. Finn, on the other hand, hasn't developed his own life (yet) after being moved to a new place by his mother.

It's easy to tell that Willa and Finn are most definitely endgame. However, the plot doesn't want that. It's going to slowly let them be together for a brief moment before splitting them apart again. It's so aggravating (in a good way), and I can't help but keep turning the pages. Will they kiss? Do they finally kiss? Will they finally get together and believe in love?

That is when I get to the ending. Cliffhanger. Boom. There. I'm so quick to squeal, because they were so close and... Argh... Grr... These two are definitely one of those pairings good at eliciting a lot of emotions (and shipper!feels) from me.

Willa and Finn. Finn and Willa. They have a chemistry that burns very bright, and I just can't help but want them to get together. Willa's choices shape the way the plot turns out. She controls the way the story goes while Finn doesn't have that. Willa has a much larger arc compared to Finn, and I would love to see him have more of an arc.

Insta-famous. A slow burn. Stepsiblings in love. And a (good) mess in nearly every direction. Overall, HOW WILLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK is for fans who love forbidden romances. It's definitely for those who enjoy DID I MENTION I LOVE YOU? and seek a much cleaner and slightly different version of that story.

Rating: Three out of Five
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