Publication date: April 14, 2020
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Romance, Chick-lit
Rating: 4.5/5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Strengths: Characters, story, meet-sweet
Weaknesses: Whoa. Not sure.
Such a fun, refreshing book in such a crazy world! I love entertaining yet realistic books that can present huge emotional problems and then solve lifelong happiness goals over just a few days of reading.
While this book takes place chronologically after The Friend Zone, I read somewhere that the author actually wrote this one first. To sum them both up, Sloane and Kristen are best friends. The Friend Zone was the story of Kristen and Josh meeting, falling in love, and getting their HEA (happily ever after, obvs). Let's just say this book didn't end well for Sloane, though.
The Happy Ever After Playlist brings us into Sloane's life, with just a few visits with Kristen and Josh. Sloane meets Jason through his dog. She falls in love with the dog first, while watching him for a couple weeks and waiting to hear from Jason. When Jason and Sloane finally meet, Sloane is surprised to have feelings she hasn't had in years. Her life is suddenly changing fast, and she and Jason have to decide what sacrifices they're willing to make to have a life together.
I loved it all! At one point, the obstacles seemed insurmountable. While I never try hard to figure out storylines in advance, I was curious and then surprised at how this one resolved. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, and only wish I had read it alongside the suggested playlist (there's a song and artist at the beginning of each chapter, and someone has already gone to the trouble to compile this as a Spotify playlist). This is excellent chicklit and contemporary fiction that I would recommend.