ARC Review | Our Year in Love and Parties by Karen Hattrup

Our Year in Love and PartiesTitle: Our Year in Love and Parties

Author: Karen Hattrup

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: October 8, 2019


“Fine,” she said, with the biggest eye roll she could manage. “Bring on the star-crossed bullshit.”


I wasn’t expecting to be so enamored by Our Year in Love and Parties, but here we are. This is a beautiful story filled with nostalgia, hope, and pain and I couldn’t put it down. I honestly don’t think I can write a coherent review because it would just be me stating and restating everything I liked over and over, but I’ll try.

I loved the format of the story. We see snapshots of Erika and Tucker’s lives through these 4 parties. We see how much their lives change and how much they grow throughout the year. The parties are really the perfect setting to both get them out of their comfort zones and foster a closer relationship.

There is such a strong foundation for Erika and Tucker’s relationship. I completely buy their history and why they are initially attracted to one another. Their cute inside jokes, genuine care, and intense love of Harry Potter made it so easy for me to cheer for them.

There’s just this perfect bittersweet quality to this story that makes the story all the more personal. It’s not a happy ever after, but it’s not a tragedy either. The ending – and the story overall – just feel so real and personal that I couldn’t put this down.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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