Starting at a new school, Tessa is excited to practice her writing with people who get her, but it's not easy for her to just jump right in. Tessa is anxious, and she overthinks way too much, and I adore seeing a character I can relate to. I loved this book for so many reasons: small details I thought were nothing in the moment come back as plot points later, side characters who I couldn't wait to appear again, and the descriptions of the arts that each character was passionate about. This is one of those love stories I wish I could read again for the first time just to feel that excitement at the first kiss and initial moments between the love interests. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a cheesy rom-com to sigh happily over.
Young Reviewer Jamie— From Kids’ Picks
“I loved Happily Ever Afters. It’s one of those wonderful reads that leaves its readers nose-wrinklingly happy. It’s a wonderful exploration of new and old best friends, family dynamics, and the pressure we put on ourselves and on living up to the expectations of others that can sometimes lead to paralysis. This book is absolutely lovely, and I’d easily pick it up to read it again.”
— Brittany Bunzey, Read With Me, A Children's Book & Art Shop, Raleigh, NC
Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader.
When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just...gone. Fortunately, Caroline has a solution: Tessa just needs to find some inspiration in a real-life love story of her own. And she’s ready with a list of romance novel-inspired steps to a happily ever after. Nico, the brooding artist who looks like he walked out of one of Tessa’s stories, is cast as the perfect Prince Charming.
But as Tessa checks each item off Caroline’s list, she gets further and further away from herself. She risks losing everything she cares about—including the surprising bond she develops with sweet Sam, who lives across the street. She’s well on her way to having her own real-life love story, but is it the one she wants, after all?
Elise Bryant was born and raised in Southern California. For many years, Elise had the joy of working as a special education teacher, and now she spends her days writing swoony love stories and eating dessert. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Long Beach. Happily Ever Afters is her debut novel. You can visit her online at www.elisebryant.com.